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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2016

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WEST SUSSEX RAIL USERS ASSOCIATION
64, Brampton Court, Stockbridge Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8PD
Tel: 01243 788028
E-mail: contact at wsrua dot org dot uk
Twitter: twitter.com/wsrua

RMT 2 day strike Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September and other strike news

Southern has been advised by the RMT Union that its conductor members will strike from 00.01 on Wednesday 7 September until 23.59 on Thursday 8 September. This will have a significant effect on Southern services on the whole of the days affected, with no service on many routes and only a limited service between approximately 07.30 and 18.00 on others.

It is expected that no Southern trains will operate in either direction on several routes including: Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via Kensington Olympia; Dorking to Horsham; Preston Park to Hove; Chichester to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central; Redhill to Tonbridge. Earlswood, Salfords and Faygate stations will not be served. Three Bridges to Chichester via Horsham; Three Bridges to Victoria via Gatwick and Redhill; Brighton to Bognor via Littlehampton; and Brighton to Eastbourne via Lewes.

A timetable of these services is provided on the Southern website at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/. These trains are expected to be extremely busy and Southern cannot guarantee there will be space for you to travel. Southern strongly advise you to travel outside peak times where possible. They also advise you to avoid planning to travel on the last trains of the day - if you are unable to board services they will not be able to arrange alternative transport. Please note that the last trains of the day on the above routes are at approximately 18.00; or even earlier where your journey requires a change at either Three Bridges or Brighton.

The timetables are similar to those for previous strike days and show that there will be a train every 30 minutes along the Arun Valley from Three Bridges to Chichester calling at all stations and starting around 0630 and ending around 1800. These trains connect with a Southern service running between Three Bridges and Victoria as well as with Thameslink services that are not affected by the dispute. Along the West Coastway there will be a train every 30 minutes between Brighton and Bognor via Littlehampton. This connects with the Chichester to Three Bridges trains at Barnham. There will be no direct trains between Littlehampton and Victoria via Hove, so a change of train at Brighton will be necessary for those travelling from stations between Littlehampton and Hove. I have tried to simplify the Arun Valley timetable with its onward connections into the table on the next page and I hope you will find it helpful. But remember to keep your eye on the website in case there are last minute changes.

A bit of good news is that the threatened RMT strike of station staff on 7 September on the changes to ticket office hours has been postponed. Also the threat of an ASLEF strike of drivers has receded. Your Association is trying its best in these troubled times. We have talked to Southern several times and tried, without success, to engage the RMT. I wrote to Nick Herbert MP last month setting out our view of the dispute which now seems to be between the RMT and the Government (the Department for Transport). Nick copied our letter to all the other West Sussex MPs and several have responded agreeing our view. I then wrote to the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling asking for the DfT. who control the Management Contract that is the GTR Franchise, to assist in settling this dispute. So far there has been no response. We will continue to do what we can.

Annual General Meeting

This is to give formal notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Association will be at 10am on Saturday 29 October in the Studio of the Capitol Theatre, North Road, Horsham, RH12 1RG. The Capitol is a few minutes’ walk from the main entrance of Horsham Station in the direction of the town centre. Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Capitol’s own kiosk.

As in 2015, we have had to postpone the AGM from June. The primary reason has been the continuing industrial action and the uncertainty of whether services would be running on the day of the meeting. Added to this have been the changes in the Committee and the non-availability of the Capitol at Horsham during September and early October. We have also reverted to a Saturday morning meeting after comments last year from those unable to attend the weekday evening meeting. The Saturday date may also be “safer” option for those travelling back south after the meeting if the current industrial action continues or if the late night engineering work is resumed.

This year our guest speaker will be Alex Foulds, Southern’s Passenger Services Director. Mr Foulds will address us after the formal business of the AGM has been completed and there be ample time for you to ask questions on Southern’s recent performance and their plans for the future.

The formal business of the AGM will be the Chairman’s report, approving the accounts already circulated and the election of the Committee. The current Officers are Chairman, Roger Keyworth representing Chichester, Secretary and Treasurer, Trevor Tupper (also representing stations on the West Coastway other than Chichester), Valerie Webb (Pulborough), Michael Gill (Arundel), James Marchant (Billingshurst) and Kevin Gordon (Website). Some of our stations are now unrepresented and we are seeking asking members to represent Barnham, Horsham and Crawley.

Arun Valley timetable for 7 and 8 September

Chichester       0653 0723   1723 1753  
Bognor Regis b   0620 0650 0720   1720 1750  
Barnham     0631 0701 0731 and 1731 1801  
Ford     0635 0705 0735 then 1735 1805  
Arundel     0641 0711 0741 every 1741 1811  
Amberley     0646 0716 0746   1746 1816  
Pulborough     0652 0722 0752 30 1752 1822  
Billingshurst     0658 0728 0758 minutes 1758 1828  
C. Hospital     0705 0735 0805 until 1805 1835  
Horsham   0641 0710 0740 0810   1810 1840  
Littlehaven   0644 0713 0743 0813   1813 1843  
Ifield   0650 0720 0750 0820   1820 1850  
Crawley   0653 0723 0753 0823   1823 1853  
Three Bridges Arrive 0701 0731 0801 0831   1831 1901  
    t t t t   t t  
Three Bridges Depart 0708 0738 0808 0837   1838 1905  
Gatwick Apt   0712 0742 0812 0841   1842 1909  
Redhill   0721 0751 0821 0850   1851    
E Croydon   0733 0806 0834 0901   1902 1924  
Clapham Junc   0747 0817 0848 0911   1912    
Victoria   0755 0824 0855 0918   1920 1951g  
London Bridge e 0817 0839 0917 0935   1935    
Blackfriars t or e 0820 0849 0909 0937   1951 1951  

Victoria       0709 0739   1703 1735 1809
Clapham Junc       0715 0745   1709 1741 1815
Blackfriars t or e   0633   0728   1658 1720 1740
London Bridge e     0712 0728   1659 1732 1759
E Croydon     0702 0727 0757   1720 1752 1827
Redhill       0739 0809   1732 1808 1839
Gatwick Apt     0717 0747 0817   1740 1817 1847
Three Bridges Arrive   0721 0752 0822   1745 1822 1852
      t t t   t t t
Three Bridges Depart   0726 0756 0826   1756 1826 1856
Crawley     0730 0800 0830 and 1800 1830 1900
Ifield     0732 0802 0832 then 1802 1832 1902
Littlehaven     0739 0809 0839 every 1809 1839 1909
Horsham   0713 0743 0813 0843   1813 1843 1912
C. Hospital   0717 0747 0817 0847 30 1817 1847  
Billingshurst   0723 0753 0823 0853 minutes 1823 1853  
Pulborough   0729 0759 0829 0859 until 1829 1859  
Amberley   0735 0805 0835 0905   1835 1905  
Arundel   0741 0811 0841 0911   1841 1911  
Ford   0747 0817 0847 0917   1847 1917  
Barnham   0852 0822 0852 0922   1852 1921  
Bognor Regis b 0802 0832 0902 0932   1902    
Chichester   0800 0830 0900 0930   1900    

b – change at Barnham; e – change at East Croydon; t – change at Three Bridges; g – change at Gatwick

The West Coastway timetable is an all stations service starting from Bognor at 0650, Barnham 0705, Littlehampton 0718, Worthing 0738 arriving Brighton 0804. The service is repeated every 30 minutes with the last train from Bognor at 1750 arriving Brighton 1904. In the opposite direction the first train is 0716 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 0832. The last one is 1746 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 1902 with a following 1816 to Littlehampton only.

Trevor Tupper
Membership Secretary


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