After months of campaigning with local rail groups and residents across the town, Amber Rudd MP has announced today that the Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, has today confirmed that the 0639 service from Ore to Cannon Street will be saved.
This is fantastic news for our local area and Amber has expressed her delight that the Minister has listened to the pleas of so many commuters from Hastings who use the 06:39 to get to the heart of the City of London. The Cannon Street Service is extremely popular and I made this very clear to the Rail Minister when I met with him a few weeks ago to hand over the 0639 petition.
It is a victory for hundreds of commuters across the town who signed the petition promoted by Amber Rudd, other local MP’s and local rail group ESRA.
This Hastings Express service will not only ensure a quicker and much more reliable journey between Hastings and London, but it will also have a fundamental effect on the economic growth of the local area.
Amber Rudd has said that the hard work has paid off and are now firmly on the journey to vastly improved rail travel to and from Hastings. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me with these two campaigns, particularly SHRIMP (www.1066shrimprail.org.uk/) , SouthEastern trains and Hastings Borough Council.