MP meets Transport Secretary and rail chiefs to discuss Hassocks trains

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.

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Mr Herbert spelt out the serious disruption caused by the chaotic implementation of the new rail timetable and the withdrawal of key peak-time services.  The MP pressed for a reliable timetable to be resumed as soon as possible, and for peak-time services to be reinstated.

Mr Herbert has also secured a debate on Hassocks Rail Services which will take place in Westminster Hall next Tuesday (19 June) at 11am.  A Minister will be required to respond.

Nick Herbert said: “Trains are still being delayed or cancelled, short trains are overcrowded and peak-time services have been withdrawn from the new timetable.  Hassocks is the tenth busiest station in West Sussex, serving 1.3 million passengers a year, and this situation is totally unacceptable.”



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Notes for Editors


1.     To read Nick’s tweet on this see


2.     To see the video of Nick speaking in the House of Commons to request a debate see:  (at 11:59:54)


3.     For a chronological list of Nick’s actions regarding the local rail service please see his website here: