In 2005 the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership lobbied Southern Trains for a direct Brighton/Ashford service, which could offer commuter services from Hastings where housing is much less expensive. Southern have obliged.
A new service introduced in December of last year incorporates trains stopping at Eastbourne and Hastings. It goes direct without any changes and, at just over an hour from Hastings and just over half an hour to Eastbourne, it is a vast improvement on the previous timetable.
Hastings has houses but lacks jobs whereas Brighton has the jobs but housing is expensive. Similarly in Eastbourne the cost of housing is substantially lower than Brighton & Hove. The service could be a boon to all three locations.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has already been in contact with the new franchisee of the Thameslink line – First Group – to discuss the needs of the city’s workforce.
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