Hassocks is 8 miles north of Brighton and is one of the larger villages at the eastern end of the Arundel & South Downs constituency. It has a population of nearly 7,000 people. While people have lived in and around Hassocks for thousands years, Hassocks first became a major centre of population with the coming of the railway. In 1839 the first rail line was laid between London and Brighton, with Hassocks as a stop.
The railway continues to play an important role in the life of the village, with hundreds of people commuting to London each day.
Above Hassocks there are two famous windmills, known as Jack and Jill, which are pictured above.
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Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed Govia Thameslink Railway’s decision to reinstate the 08:28 train service from Wivelsfield to Hassocks as part of its new ‘interim’ timetable introduced this week, from Sunday (15 July).
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, to demand a “significant rebate” for constituents affected by the recent rail disruption.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert demanded to know when the timetable “shambles” would come to end when he called a Commons debate on rail services in Hassocks yesterday (Tuesday 19 June).
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert separately met with Network Rail’s CEO, Mark Carne, GTR’s Passenger Services Director, Angie Doll, and the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, on Tuesday (12 June) to raise his concerns about Hassocks rail services.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, about the chaotic introduction of the new rail timetable.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson MP, this week to raise his concerns about the new GTR/Southern timetable which has removed some peak time direct services between Hassocks and Clapham Junction.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed his “extreme disappointment” over the decision of the Planning Inspector to endorse proposals for a development of 500 houses in Hassocks when signing off on Mid Sussex’s District Plan.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged Mid Sussex District Local Council to reject a proposal for 500 houses at Hassocks, warning that the development is “very strongly opposed” and is unsustainable.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has today (31 October) written to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, raising his “serious concerns” about a proposed allocation of 500 houses in Hassocks.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was guest at a special tea party in Hassocks on Sunday (8 October).
Nick Herbert visited Oldland windmill in Keymer, near Hassocks, on Thursday (16 April) to help promote the restored Mill ahead of National Mills Weekend next month.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined a celebration at Downlands Community School in Hassocks on Friday (20 March) at the launch of their solar panel project.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert met with Brighton line passenger representatives on Friday (23 January) to discuss local rail services.
In his article for the West Sussex County Times, Worthing Herald & Chichester Observer, Nick discusses another busy week in the life of an MP, including his campaigns on West Sussex heritage, rail service and environmental planning permissions for fracking.
Nick’s article for Conservative Home where he calls for accountability for the “shambles” of the new Thameslink timetable, and for a “significant rebate” for passengers.
In his article for the West Sussex County Times, Worthing Herald & Chichester Observer, Nick discusses another busy week in the life of an MP.
In his article for the West Sussex County Times, Worthing Herald & Chichester Observer, Nick discusses the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and his actions on the local rail service.
Nick again raised the issue of peak direct Hassocks to Clapham Junction services with the Rail Minister.
Watch and read Nick's question to the Rail Minister in the Commons about the recent rail disruption
Read and watch Nick speaks in his Commons debate on rail services in Hassocks.
Nick’s question to the Leader of the House of Commons during Business Questions
Nick’s interview with BBC South East regarding the proposed Southern timetable changes.