After more than ten years of campaigning, Sussex’s Cooksbridge Area Rail Action Group is delighted to report that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), parent company of Southern, has been able to significantly increase the number of stopping trains at Cooksbridge station. From Monday 16 December there will be an hourly service Monday to Saturday in both directions, with greater frequency at peak times. At present there is a long gap in services during the middle of the day and no trains at weekends.
The breakthrough has been achieved by working closely with senior managers at the company over many years to identify how additional stops could be added without adversely affecting the overall performance of the network. The Action Group would like to express its appreciation for the constructive approach adopted by the company over the years. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Norman Baker who was heavily involved in the early days of the campaign and whose support and advice was invaluable.
Phil Hutchinson, Head of Strategic Planning for GTR said: “We are delighted to be able to increase the number of trains serving Cooksbridge from our Winter Timetable. We have a strong track record of working with local stakeholders to improve train services within the local community and attention will now turn to help promote this station, not only to residents, but to attract others to use this station as part of a gateway to the South Downs National Park”.
There will still be no trains on Sundays but the Action Group is working together with GTR towards the introduction of a Sunday service next year, although this is still work in progress and subject to final confirmation.