Regular Sunday train services have returned to Three Oaks and Winchelsea stations on the Marshlink Line.
John Spencer and Monica Betson, co-chairs of ‘THWART’ (Three Oaks and Winchelsea Action for Rail Transport), Stuart Harland, chair of MLAG (‘Marshlink Action Group’), Kevin Barry, the Marshlink community rail development officer, Kevin Boorman, chair of the Marshlink Community Rail Partnership and Simon Greenfield from train operator Southern were joined at Winchelsea station by members of the local communities served by the line on Sunday 13th December to celebrate the reintroduction of a regular seven day a week service at the stations.
Kevin Boorman added :-“Local communities need their train services seven days a week, and the community rail partnership was pleased to add its support to the campaign. Indeed, our case was well illustrated on Sunday because, in addition to the local people there to welcome the trains, were six passengers waiting to travel on them. Two were returning to Thanet, and four to London. They had rented a house in Winchelsea for the weekend and hadn’t been aware that regular Sunday services had only just returned to the station. They said that if they hadn’t seen that there had been a train service back from Winchelsea at the end of their weekend, they wouldn’t have come to the area at all. So the local economy – and Southern’s train service – has already been boosted by the new service.
This is what community rail is really about, working with our partners to improve rail usage, and boost the local economy too. We are so grateful to Southern for listening to us and reintroducing this service.”