Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, will be holding a summit to enable members of the public to hear from politicians and industry leaders about plans to improve and upgrade local transport services.
Roads Minister, Andrew Jones MP, will be this year’s keynote speaker and he will discuss investment in the area’s roads, including the A21. Attendees will also be updated by Highways England on the progress of A21 improvement works.
Recently, several constituents have contacted Amber about their experiences of service issues with Southern and Southeastern trains. This event will provide an opportunity to hear directly from and to ask questions to the Chief Executive Officer of GTR – the company which operates the Southern franchise – and the Managing Directors of both Southern and Southeastern.
In addition, a representative of Network Rail will discuss proposals to electrify the Marshlink for High Speed Rail, and the Managing Director of Stagecoach South East will set out plans to improve local bus services.
Amber commented: “With this summit, I am looking to build on the successes of past years which brought us major steps forward with campaigns to develop our area’s rail services. This event will add to the work of councils, businesses, MPs, transport campaigners and members of the public who have pushed for better infrastructure and transport provision in our area – from the major projects of dualling the A21 and campaigning for High Speed Rail, to the improvements which can be made to our everyday bus and train journeys.”
The summit which has been running for three years will be held at Sussex Coast College, Hastings on Friday 18 March 2016 and it will begin at 10:00am, with arrivals welcome from 9:30am and the summit’s conclusion by 12:00pm.