Suspension of Hastings to Rye train service criticised

Plans to suspend a rail service between two East Sussex towns while repairs to a tunnel are carried out have been condemned as "immensely damaging".

Southern trains said there would be no service between Hastings and Rye for about nine weeks from January.

The company said replacement bus services would operate between Hastings and Ashford International in Kent during the week and at some weekends.

Hastings Borough Council has urged the rail company to rethink its decision.

'Immensely damaging'

Councillor Jeremy Birch, the leader of the Labour-run council, said the closure was "frankly unacceptable".

"I have no problem with safety work being carried out. My concern is closing the whole line, over 26 miles long, for work in just one tunnel.

"The closure will be very disruptive and immensely damaging to the local economy."

Southern trains said "essential repairs" were needed at the Ore tunnel, which lies between Ore and Three Oaks.

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