08 JAN 2016

Making the case for commuters

I have met again with Southeastern to see the replacement bus service from Folkestone West to Dover Priory. I listened to travellers tell me about their travel experiences using the service. Replacement buses are running from Deal, Walmer and Dover so passengers can join the High Speed line at Folkestone. Around 1,000 journeys are being made by local people from Folkestone West every day.

The High Speed service is vital to our community. It was important to meet again with Southeastern and Network Rail, not only for an update on repairing the line, but to press the importance of making passengers disrupted journeys as smooth as possible. The services need to connect effectively and they need to see if the Minster Loop can be used.

I have been receiving lots of feedback every day from constituents whose journeys have been affected on what could be done better to help them reach their destinations. I communicated to Southeastern the importance of keeping passengers informed of up to the minute changes.

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