The reduction of rail services between Ashford and Brighton (yourashford oct 21), or anywhere else for that matter, is frankly ridiculous. It can only have a detrimental effect on domestic tourism in both Ashford and Brighton, and Mr Duncan is correct to point out it will also encourage more people to drive. This comes at a time when people should be encouraged to use public transport in order to cut down on pollution and relieve the strain on our already overburdened roads.
We have, in Britain, the most expensive and, quite possibly, the worst rail service in Europe, with services getting cut while fares go up. The entire rail service needs to be brought back into public ownership so it becomes a service again, instead of a business putting profits before everything else. Privatisation of public services is not in the public interest, and I would encourage people to keep this in mind at the next general election, as privatisation of the postal service is exactly what the Conservatives have in mind.
Protest at the London Arms Fair - photos by Jay Ginn