Rail travel discussed at meeting

Councillor David Simmons (right)
Councillor David Simmons (right)

Adur District Council voted in favour of an amended version of proposed discussions with Southern Rail at a council meeting on Monday (October 24).

Labour councillor for the Eastbrook ward Les Alden proposed the council enter discussions with Southern Railway to develop a scheme to add the Brighton to Chichester railway line to a concessionary travel pass held by elderly and disabled Adur citizens.

At the meeting held on Monday night at the Shoreham Centre, councillor Alden said: “There are 931 bus passes currently issued to elderly people in Adur.

“Many of them have hospital appointments in Chichester and Brighton. These journeys can take up to two hours each way by bus and about half an hour each way by train.

“We would need to have a look at the costs but I am predicting they will be in the tens of thousands.”

Conservative councillor for the Hillside ward David Simmons tabled an amended motion.

He said: “Councillor Alden has mentioned that he is not sure how much this motion will cost.

“This amended motion is asking for further discussions with officers to work out logistics.”

Adur district council voted unanimously in favour of the amended version.

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