THIS week’s train strike will badly affect visitors coming to the Eastbourne tennis.

Here’s our MP Caroline Ansell: “For visitors to our town, threatened rail strikes are one dark cloud on the horizon – and I am pushing for resolution – but it is nonetheless wonderful that the tournament is back on in full force following the pandemic.

For our hospitality industry, this event is prime time and the global media coverage truly puts Eastbourne on the map. It is a massive operation and as ever, a small army of local volunteers is an integral part of its success.”

She added: “Unfortunately, RMT members of Network Rail and other train operators are striking on the 21, 23 and 25 June and even on the off days, there is heavy crowding and disruption expected.

It is important that we should only travel if absolutely necessary on those Gatwick Express, Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink services during next week’s strike. But, if you need to travel here is a map of the limited service. 

I am concerned what the impact will be on the Eastbourne Tennis which starts this week and our summer season in general. I am pushing for a quick resolution to this.”