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NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 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
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ASLEF overtime ban from 6 December
ASLEF 3 day strike Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 December and 6 day strike Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January
RMT 2 day strike Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December and 3 day strike Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January

The ASLEF overtime ban seriously affected Southern services last Friday and it is expected that there will be similar problems on the two non-strike days this week - Monday 12 and Thursday 15 December. On these days there should again be a near normal service between Bognor and Victoria in each direction. As on last Friday, none of these trains will attach or detach a Portsmouth or Southampton portion at Horsham and so it will be necessary for Chichester passengers to use a Coastway service to and from Barnham and change there into or out of the Bognor to Victoria services. The exception to this is that the 05.12 from Chichester to Victoria via Worthing and the 05.33 via Horsham will run as usual. The 06.54 Bognor to London Bridge will not attach a Southampton portion at Barnham and there will be no through train from London Bridge in the evening, as the 17.48 from London Bridge to Bognor has been cancelled All services from Victoria to Bognor should run in their normal times with the last trains to Bognor from Victoria at 20.02, 20.32, 21.32 and 22.32. None of the Bognor trains will have a portion for either Portsmouth or Southampton and the 22.32 that normally runs to Chichester will run to Bognor and there will be no Chichester connection off this train. So the last train to Chichester will be at 21.32. West Coastway trains between Brighton and Portsmouth/Southampton and Portsmouth to Littlehampton will largely be unaffected. Southern are unable at this time  to say whether a similar service will be in force on the non-strike days next week (Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 December) and whether the services on Saturday 17 and 24 December will be similar to yesterday’s when a near normal service was in force.

The ASLEF drivers’ strike will be far more serious as there will be no Southern trains on the 3 days this week or the 6 days in January. There will be no replacement buses for any of the services. There will be a normal Thameslink service from stations between Brighton, Three Bridges, Gatwick and East Croydon, Blackfriars to Bedford. South West trains will be running a normal service from Havant, Haslemere, Guildford to Waterloo and from Dorking to Waterloo. Some seasons from Horsham may be inter-available on the last mentioned route.

The RMT conductors’ strike on 19 and 20 December will have similar effects on services as those in recent weeks. There will be service on some routes and only a limited service on others. The lines with no service include: Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via Kensington Olympia; Preston Park to Hove and Chichester to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central (but there will be buses between Chichester and Havant).  For these strike days, there will be trains from 06.30 to 22.00 between Chichester and Victoria via Horsham, Gatwick and Redhill. The services between Brighton to Bognor via Littlehampton will run from 0620 to 18.00; Horsham to Victoria via and Sutton will run from 06.00 to 20.00. Trains between Redhill to Tonbridge will run from 06.00 to 20.00. There will also be buses every 30 minutes between Chichester and Havant between 06.00 and 18.30 although the latest timetable suggests that these may run later into the evening. Faygate, Salfords and Earlswood will be closed.

Timetables of these services are at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/conductor-strike/ on the Southern website. These trains are expected to be extremely busy especially in the peak hours and Southern cannot guarantee there will be space for you to travel. Also, try 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. On all Southern and Gatwick Express trains first class accommodation will be declassified. Similarly first class on Thameslink will be declassified between Brighton and London. Normal peak hour ticket restrictions will remain in force. The timetables are basically similar to those for previous strike days and show that there will be a train every 30 minutes along the Arun Valley from Victoria to Chichester calling at all stations and starting around 06.30 but with the last train from Victoria through to Chichester at 21.39 (Bognor’s last connection will be off the 17.03 from Victoria). In the opposite direction the last train from Chichester to Victoria will be at 21.23 (Bognor’s last connection will be at 18.50) followed by a 21.53 to Horsham. Along the West Coastway there will be a train every 30 minutes until 1800 between Brighton and Bognor via Littlehampton. This connects with the Chichester to Victoria 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 in 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.

What we are doing: We continue to talk to Southern management about this. I have also written to all our MPs and discussed the strikes with the Secretary of State for Transport. All take the line is that the disputes can only be resolved by the Unions and that the RMT should ballot its members on the Southern offers. We too have suggested this to Mick Cash of the RMT but our letters have been ignored. We will continue our efforts for our members and for all rail users in the county.

Arun Valley timetable for 19 and 20 December

Chichester     0653 0723   1853 1923   2053 2123 2153
Bognor Regis b 0620 0650 0720   1850          
Barnham   0631 0701 0731 and 1901 1931 and 2101 2131 2201
Ford   0635 0705 0735 then 1905 1935 then 2105 2135 2205
Arundel   0641 0711 0741 every 1911 1941 every 2111 2141 2211
Amberley   0646 0716 0746   1916 1946   2116 2146 2216
Pulborough   0652 0722 0752 30 1922 1952 30 2122 2152 2222
Billingshurst   0658 0728 0758 minutes 1928 1958 minutes 2128 2158 2228
C. Hospital   0705 0735 0805 until 1935 2005 until 2135 2205 2235
Horsham   0710 0740 0810   1940 2010   2140 2210 2239
Littlehaven   0713 0743 0813   1943 2013   2143 2215  
Ifield   0720 0750 0820   1950 2020   2150 2220  
Crawley   0723 0753 0823   1953 2023   2153 2223  
Three Bridges   07t38 0808 0837   2008 2038   2208 2238  
Gatwick Apt   07t43 0813 0841   2012 2042   2212 2242  
Redhill   07t51 0821 0850   2021 2051   2221 2251  
E Croydon   08t06 0834 0901   2034 2102   2234 2307  
Clapham Junc   08t17 0845 0911   2043 2113   2243 2319  
Victoria   08t24 0853 0918   2055 2121   2255 2326  
London Bridge e 0832 0908 0931   2134 2203   2334    

Victoria     0637 0707 0739 0803 0839   1703 1735   2109 2139
Clapham Junc     0646 0716 0745 0809 0847   1709 1741   2115 2145
London Bridge e   0606 0652 0729 0802 0824   1659 1718   2059 2127
E Croydon     0657 0727 0757 0819 0858   1719 1752   2127 2157
Redhill     0710 0739 0809 0831 0910   1732 1808   2139 2209
Gatwick Apt     0718 0747 0817 0839 0918   1740 1817   2147 2217
Three Bridges     0726 0756 0826 0856 0926 then 1756 1826 then 2156 2226
Crawley     0730 0800 0830 0900 0930 every 1800 1830 every 2200 2230
Ifield     0732 0802 0832 0902 0932   1802 1832   2202 2232
Littlehaven     0739 0809 0839 0909 0939 30 1809 1839 30 2209 2239
Horsham   0713 0743 0813 0843 0912 0942 minutes 1813 1843 minutes 2213 2243
C. Hospital   0717 0747 0817 0847 0916 0947 until 1817 1847 until 2217 2247
Billingshurst   0723 0753 0823 0853 0922 0953   1823 1853   2223 2253
Pulborough   0729 0759 0829 0859 0929 1000   1830 1900   2230 2300
Amberley   0735 0805 0835 0905 0935 1006   1836 1906   2236 2306
Arundel   0741 0811 0841 0911 0940 1011   1841 1911   2241 2311
Ford   0747 0817 0847 0917 0945 1017   1847 1917   2247 2317
Barnham   0852 0822 0852 0921 0949 1021   1851 1921   2251 2321
Bognor Regis b 0802 0832 0902 0932 1001 1031   1901        
Chichester   0800 0830 0900 0930 0958 1030   1900 1930   2300 2330

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 0806. The service is repeated every 30 minutes with the last train from Bognor at 1820 arriving Brighton 1936. In the opposite direction the first train is 0716 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 0831. The last one is 1746 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 1901. The replacement bus service between Chichester and Havant will leave Chichester at 0648, 0719, 0805, 0840 and then every 30 minutes until 1910; from Havant at 0610, 0640 and then every 30 minutes to 1740. The buses will have an approximate overall journey time of 35 minutes and will serve all stations with stops at Southbourne, Nutbourne and Fishbourne at the railway stops on the A259.

There is an hourly service (with some bus replacement) between Horsham and Victoria via Dorking calling at all stations. Trains leave Horsham at 0549, 0621 0653, 0720, 0753, 0841 bus to Dorking, 1004 and hourly to 1404, 1441 bus to Dorking, 1604, 1707, 1734, 1741 bus to Dorking, 1904 and 2006.  From Victoria trains leave at 0552, 0617, 0706, 0819, 0931,1031, 1132, 1232, 1331 (bus from Dorking), 1431, 1531, 1617 (bus from Dorking), 1720, 1750, 1820, 1920 and 2326.

Finally on behalf of your Committee, may I wish you a very happy Christmas and a dispute free New Year (after 14 January!)

Trevor Tupper
Membership Secretary


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Community Rail Partnership

WSRUA gave a brief presentation on our work and current activities at the Community Rail Partnership stakeholder event held on 1st November 2012 at Christ's Hospital School. A copy of the slide set is available to view here (PDF). We are continuing our close involvement with the CRP, of which our current secretary/treasurer is vice-chair.


Eyewitness

Below is a Southern Press Notice about their Eyewitness initiative to deter and report low-level crime on the Arun Valley line.

Policing And Criminal Justice Minister Launches Southern’s Eyewitness Initiative

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister, Nick Herbert MP has launched Southern’s internal Eyewitness initiative to the public for the first time at Arundel railway station.

Mr Herbert joined Southern senior staff, Rail User Group and West Sussex Community Rail Partnership representatives to launch a trial of Southern’s award winning low-level crime reporting system to passengers who use Southern services between Arundel and Crawley.

Eyewitness is a scheme which allows the reporting of low-level crime by e-mail. The system has been used successfully as an in-house system where Southern staff have e-mailed members of Southern’s Safer Travel and Revenue Protection Teams to report incidences of vandalism, anti-social behaviour and fare evasion. The system allows Southern to respond quickly where officers are in the area, and to identify patterns, trends and hotspots which enables more intelligent deployment of Rail Neighbourhood Officers and Revenue Protection Officers when detailing patrols.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Herbert said: "I was delighted to help launch the next phase of Southern's Eyewitness scheme which will provide passengers with an effective way to report antisocial behaviour on trains.

"This is further action by Southern who already fund Rail Neighbourhood Officers to help tackle crime and provide a reassuring uniformed presence on trains and at stations. The scheme doesn’t replace police officers, it adds to them, and I believe it's welcomed by the public.

"The minority who can make rail journeys miserable for everyone else need to be dealt with, and I am pleased that Southern is playing its part."

Southern’s Head of Revenue Protection and Security, Martin Grier said: “Eyewitness has been a tremendous success since we introduced it internally 18 months ago. Now we look forward to even better results now that we are asking our passengers to tell us about low-level crime that they have seen.”

In the last 12 months, reported crime on the Arun Valley has fallen overall by 71%. At Billingshurst station, incidences of crime reduced from 28 last year to zero this year.

Passengers witnessing crime between Arundel and Crawley stations can report what they’ve see, where they saw it, when they saw it and a brief description of the offender(s) by sending an e-mail to the dedicated address found on posters at leaflets at staffed stations between Arundel and Crawley.

Photograph from Eyewitness launch at Arundel station


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