Presentation of Southern’s May 2018 timetable
This year, MarshLink Action Group’s Annual General Meeting will be held somewhat earlier in the year than usual – at 7pm on Tuesday 27th February at Rye Town Hall: as usual, the guest presentation will start at 7.15pm to enable train passengers arriving at Rye at 18:54 (hopefully) to get to the meeting.
This year’s scheduling of the AGM is to enable members to receive a presentation of Southern’s May 2018 timetable directly from Govia’s Head of Strategic Planning (for our purposes, the head of timetabling) as it is being publicly released: following this presentation the show will move to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill for another presentation the following day.
Over the last six months or so many hours of discussion have taken place between Southern’s timetablers and representatives of MLAG and three other MarshLink rail action groups together with Rail Future. Southern has also initiated three extensive public consultation phases to which, I trust, MLAG members have contributed.
During these discussions, MLAG and the other rail action groups have raised their many issues with the current timetable (including our stated Objectives for the service) and we wait to find out the end result of these representations.