April newsletter 2024

Newsletter Archive


Dear Constituent

With apologies welcome to my April constituency e-newsletter one day late, for the first time in ages. My only excuse is that we have been even busier than usual lately and as you may have seen in the press I have only just escaped from the clutches of Djibouti Border Control!

My newsletter this month comes with some sad news, for me at least. I announced at the recent AGM of the East Worthing & Shoreham Conservative Association that I had decided after much thought that I would not be standing as the candidate at the next General Election and that I would be passing on the baton to someone new. Work is now underway to select a new Conservative candidate to replace me and then it will be up to the electorate to select which colour of party they want at the General Election when it eventually comes, still probably in the Autumn. I am very grateful for all the very kind messages that I have received, though it is worth pointing out that I am not actually dead yet and am only moving on to a different job and that won’t happen until the Election is called and Parliament is dissolved. There will then be a lengthy handover phase and I will until then remain the no less active MP for the East Worthing & Shoreham constituency. Given that I have just been rated the most active Conservative backbench MP in the Chamber in 2024 I hope you will see that I have no intention of getting ‘demob happy!’ I have attached my letter in full announcing the reasons for my decision to stand down but as ever if you have any questions please do let me know.

In the meantime, I look forward to continuing discussing topical issues with constituents at my street surgeries and many other events though I will not be at the May Shoreham Farmer’s Market as I have to be on a Home Affairs Select Committee trip abroad that weekend.

As always, please let me know if there is anything else you would like me to cover in the next newsletter. 

Best wishes  



To arrange a confidential surgery interview, please ring the constituency office on 01273 757182, or email office@eastworthingandshoreham.org.uk. Location and timings to be confirmed on receipt of appointment confirmation.

Upcoming advice surgery dates:

Friday 3rd May 2024 - Southwick

Friday 7th June 2024 - Shoreham

Friday 5th July 2024 - Lancing 

Friday 26th July 2024 - Southwick

Friday 23rd August 2024 - Worthing

Upcoming Street Surgery Dates – no need to book, just turn up:   

Saturday 11th May 2024, Shoreham Farmers Market, 10.00am - 12pm.

Due to commitments abroad, I will leave those attending Shoreham Farmers Market in the capable hands of Adur councillors.

For further surgery details visit my website here    

For more information

A big announcement...

At the Adur and Worthing Conservative Association AGM I announced that I will be standing down at the next election. While the letter below outlines my thoughts, this does not mean any immediate change for myself or residents across East Worthing and Shoreham, I will ensure I do not take my foot off the pedal (not peddle as some eagle-eyed Twitter users commented) …


Safety of Rwanda Bill… passed!

After two years of debating the Safety of Rwanda Bill in the House of Commons and House of Lords, the bill finally passed its Third Reading on Monday.

With this legislation, the Government hopes to break the terribly tragic trade of people smuggling, forcing people onto insubstantial small boats - extremely relevant after the latest sad news on the Channel.


Detained and deported from Djibouti in conjunction with China


Another incredibly busy end to the month with news about my recent attempted visit to Djibouti going viral. Earlier this month, I was detained and deported upon arrival without explanation on my return home from an official trip to neighbouring Somaliland. Following three hours of no communication I was sent home on the next available flight. Why? I am one of seven sanctioned Parliamentarians targeted by the Chinese Government for criticising the regime's human rights treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, North-west China.

Djibouti, Africa’s smallest nation, has received billions of dollars of investment from China, including a new stadium, hospital and $1 billion (£791 million) space port. China has built a naval base in the country, stationed 2,000 troops there and holds more than $1.4 billion of Djibouti’s debt, 45 per cent of its GDP. The Chinese Embassy has denied this claim, but they would say hat wouldn't they.

Tory MP Tim Loughton deported by East African country with close links to China (telegraph.co.uk)

Proposed telecommunications upgrade - Junction of Smithy Way and Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham-By-Sea, BN43 6BE


I have been notified by Cornerstone, network providers about the following 5G mast upgrades.

Cornerstone are in the process of progressing suitable sites in the Shoreham-By-Sea area for radio base stations that will improve service provision for VMO2 (trading as O2). The site is required to improve 3G, 4G and provide new 5G network coverage for VMO2 in the local area.

Several options have been assessed in respect of the site search process, but Cornerstone consider the best option for the new upgrade to be at Junction of Smithy Way and Upper Shoreham Road, Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham-By-Sea, BN43 6BE (NGR: 522295, 105916). The proposed development comprises the removal of the existing 15m monopole, to be replaced by a 20m monopole supporting 6no. antennas and ancillary works thereto. This option has been chosen as it utilises an existing installation which will improve coverage with minimal changes to the equipment, reducing the visual impact on the surrounding area as far as technically possible.

In line with Best Practice principles Cornerstone have shared these details with local councillors, planning officers and in this case other community groups (St Nicolas & St Mary CofE Primary School, The Outdoors Project West Sussex and residents nearby).

Cass Review: Independent Review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People


On the 18th of April, the Cass Review, led by Dr. Hilary Cass OBE was published.

The report was accompanied by 9 studies (8 of which were systematic reviews of evidence)  supporting the recommendations. Within hours, NHS England responded and I very much welcome the definitive and evidence based approach by the review.

The Cass Report provides a scathing assessment of the gender-affirming approach in general, and the gender-clinic model of care, which operationalized this approach of on-demand provision of gender-reassignment interventions, in particular.

NHS England has committed to follow through on Dr. Cass’ recommendations and acknowledged the national and international significance of this seminal work: “Your final report will not just shape the future of healthcare in this country for children and young people experiencing gender distress but will be of major international importance and significance.”

In the House of Commons Chamber my colleagues and I debated the disturbing reality of systemic failures for children, through the quick and mostly ill-informed, prescribing underage children with puberty blockers among other suppressive medications.

Please click on the following link to read the report in full Cass Review – Independent Review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People

FREE English Classes for Asylum seekers and refugees


For many years local refugees and asylum seekers have sought English lessons, and while there are ESOL providers locally, few of them are easy access (no registration required) or are for those with little or no English or can cater for different levels of English.  Many refugees and asylum seekers face significant barriers to joining classes (difficult time/place/childcare needs/wrong level etc.), Worthing 4 Refugees’ response has been to provide very successful one to one teaching in their home. 

Worthing 4 Refugees are launching a pilot of new easy-access English classes.  Starting on May 1st, please find a link to the flyer with all the information on. It will not stop during the school holidays, so it may particularly be useful during late July and August.

It is also open to non-refugees/asylum seekers for a small charge (£1.50 per class); it's FREE for refugees and asylum seekers.


Update on the state of local roads, particularly POTHOLES


Like you I am sick of potholes appearing on the roads, making driving more dangerous and pedestrians more exposed to potential accidents.

As I explain in my video, I have spoken to parents of local school children at Shoreham Academy who are concerned for the safety of their children as dipped lights are mistaken for crossings when drivers are weaving in and around the potholes- avoiding with some near-miss accidents with crossing pedestrians!

Since the meeting, I have called on the Council to increase the priority of road maintenance and ensure 'cut and saw' filling techniques are on 100% instead of 95% of potholes around West Sussex. The new Plan for Drivers (which I lobbied the Roads Minister on) is now repurposing 50% of funds from utility roadworks into road maintenance to fill more potholes!

Thank you to local resident Jill Lennon and others for alerting me of these huge potholes.

I am glad to report that this situation at Kingston Lane has been dealt with however we must all work together to report these to the Council.

Renters Reform Bill and my amendments concerning care leavers and fair renting

Speaking in the Renters Reform Bill debate, with the help of Barnardo's Children's charity and Become, care and care leavers charity, I highlighted the negative impact that private rental prices - rising by 6.2% in the 12 months to January 2024 - have on care leavers as young as 18, fending for themselves.

A quarter of homeless people as well as a quarter of prisoners in the UK have been in the care system at some point in their lives.

On average there are around 12,000 care leavers each year. These individuals are brought into society with statistically less qualifications from school, having experienced struggle in the education system.

Evidence also suggests that care leavers disproportionately suffer from mental health issues. We must consider those most vulnerable in our society when debating this bill which is why I made the strong case for better provisions and removal of prejudices against those who are wanting to rent after leaving the care system.

My amendment, New Clause 12 aims to protect care leavers from being disproportionately affected by access to rent. Often without a guarantor or other safeties, young adults leaving the care system struggle to rent somewhere as easily as non-care counterparts. My amendment hopes to change this and ensure that discrimination against people is prohibited.


I received some great feedback from the Housing and Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young in response to my amendment proposal.

His response was as followed and has left me hopeful as I await a hopefully positive response from the Minister.

 I am grateful to him for raising the important issue of care-experienced young people’s ability to rent a home in the private rented sector. The Government have already reserved a power in the Bill to extend blanket ban provisions to additional cohorts in future, should we find evidence that it is needed. This power could be used to extend the provisions to care-experienced people if evidence suggests that it would be effective.

Helping care leavers to make a successful transition from care to independence is a priority for this Government, and we recognise that care leavers can face significant barriers to securing and maintaining affordable housing, including providing a guarantor or rent in advance. We are already seeking to improve care leavers’ access to housing, as set out in the “stable homes, built on love” strategy, which sits alongside existing duties owed to care leavers by local councils as corporate parents.

Furthermore, we understand that at least 78 councils have passed motions granting care leavers the same protected characteristic status as other cohorts under the Equality Act 2010 in their local area. I am happy to continue working with my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham to hear the challenges that care-experienced people face and how we can make private rented accommodation more accessible to them.

I can confirm to my hon. Friend that the measures to prohibit blanket bans on the basis that a child will live with or visit a person at a property include foster children.

I will follow through with the Minister about how these considerations are turned into practice.

Southlands Hospital and local Government investment uplifts

Some fantastic news for East Worthing and Shoreham from the NHS Sussex University Trust to ensure services are faster, fairer and simpler.
When Southlands Community Diagnostics Centre opened last October it saw 14,000 patient between opening and January 2024. This is making a huge difference to patient access to essential services and care.
Sussex Integrated Care Board is receiving an additional £3.45 billion package to assist with the extra
- 98 full time doctors
- 78 full time GPs
- 1.3 million extra appointments
- 99 more full time carers across East Worthing and Shoreham
This opens up £95 billion for capital investment for extra services and centres such as the long awaited Worthing Community Diagnostics centre scheduled to open later this year, more surgical hubs to facilitate appointments, extra bed spaces and extra care capacity

A wonderful visit to St Nics and St Mary’s


One of the things I will miss most of all after standing down as MP is my time with schools and young people. I have 28 schools within the constituency and most weeks I am doing something with pupils from one of them. It stretches back to my time as Minister for Children and Young People where one of my biggest missions was to give young people a voice and make sure those in positions of authority listened. 

So last Friday I visited one of my favourite schools, St Nics and St Mary’s in Shoreham where the pupils are always so polite and respectful even when they are asking some pretty fiendish questions. And I bumped into a teacher who had done work experience with me over 15 years ago and met her now husband on a constituency visit with me, who later became Editor of the Worthing Herald.

Shoreham Academy visit to Parliament


Last Monday a group of politics and history students from Shoreham Academy came up to Parliament for a tour and roundtable question time with me. This gave them the chanced to both interrogate me on local issues and form a mock debate in the education unit where they narrowly defeated a motion to legalise cannabis.

We are fortunate to have very bright students at the outstanding Shoreham Academy.

Prime Minister and Defence Secretary announce 2.5% of GDP for 2024/5

  • On a visit to Poland, the Prime Minister launched a plan to steadily increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by the end of the decade – reaching £87 billion a year in 2030.
  • Rishi Sunak announces ‘biggest strengthening of our national defence in a generation’ to meet the challenge of an increasingly dangerous world.
  • Defence to receive an additional £75 billion over six years, ensuring the UK remains by far the second largest defence spender in NATO after the US.
  • Additional funding will be used to put the UK’s defence industry on a war footing, deliver cutting-edge technology and back Ukraine against Russia.

On the 23rd of April, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the biggest strengthening of the UK’s national defence in a generation, with a fully funded plan to grow the defence budget to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. 

Delivering a speech alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Poland, a country at the vanguard of the continent’s defence, the Prime Minister said we are at a turning point in European security and urged allies to step up.

An axis of autocratic states like Russia, Iran and China are increasingly working together to undermine democracies and reshape the world order. They are also investing heavily in their own militaries and in cyber capabilities and in low-cost technology, like the Shahed attack drones Iran fired towards Israel last weekend. 

This poses a direct threat to the lives and livelihoods of people in the UK, as well as across Europe and the wider world. The Government has already committed record investment in defence and the UK armed forces are world-leading – but the Prime Minister has said that we must take further action now to deter these growing threats. 

With today’s announcement, UK defence spending will increase immediately and then rise steadily to reach £87 billion at the end the decade – hitting 2.5% of GDP by 2030. 

The Prime Minister has set out three areas of focus for our bolstered defence budget:

  • Firing up the UK defence industrial base: Investing at least an additional £10 billion over the next decade on munitions production, delivering high-quality jobs and investment across the UK and ensuring we have rapid production capacity and stockpiles of next-generation munitions.
  • Modernising our Armed Forces: Radically reforming defence procurement and creating a new Defence Innovation Agency to ensure the UK is at the cutting edge of modern warfare technology, with at least 5% of the defence budget to be committed to R&D.
  • Backing Ukraine’s defence: Ukraine’s security is our security. As part of this plan, the Government will commit an additional £500 million this year for the ammunition, air defence and drones Ukraine needs; the largest-ever single delivery of military equipment to Ukraine’s frontlines; and a cast-iron commitment to maintain existing levels of support to Ukraine for as long as it Is needed.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:

“In a world that is the most dangerous it has been since the end of the Cold War, we cannot be complacent.”

West Sussex Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting

I met businesses across West Sussex for a business breakfast to discuss Government investment into SMEs.

SMEs make up 99.05% of UK businesses and employ 16.3 million people across the UK. According to the European Commission’s SME Performance Review, SMEs contribute around €473 billion to the UK economy, equivalent to 49.8% of the total Gross Value Added (GVA).

Which is why consulting them and hearing from them is central to economic policymaking. In Adur and Worthing, the District Council have grants available to local micro businesses with up to 10 employees of grants up to £2,500. See more: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/businesses/support-and-funding/small-business-and-apprenticeship-grants/

Local businesses filled in a survey looking at key obstructions to business growth economically as well as locally. Grants and transport were the primary concerns, most being linked to the state of local roads and growth funding. More information on Government grants can be found through the following link: What support is available for my small business? - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

In the Spring Budget 2024, cut the main rate of employee NICs by 2p from 10 per cent to 8 per cent from 6 April 2024. Combined with the 2p cut announced at Autumn Statement 2023, this will save the average worker on £35,400 over £900 a year. In the Autumn Statement 2023, the Government cut National Insurance contributions (NICs) for 29 million workers at and has built on this by making a further cut worth over £10 billion a year for workers across the UK. The main rate of self-employed NICs has also been cut from 9 per cent to 6 per cent. Combined with the abolition of the requirement to pay Class 2, this will save an average self-employed person on £28,000 around £650 a year.

Grant access was clearly a huge priority, alongside support for growth and business support. Access to growth has been a consistently raised subject at meetings with business owners in surgeries or at Shoreham Farmers Market hence why last month I arranged the Department for Business and Trade with UK Export Finance to present to Lancing Business Park businesses to showcase in-person support for businesses across West Sussex and encourage exploration into new markets in the UK and abroad. I plan to organise another event in the next few months so please keep an eye out for sign-ups.


Creative Waves on Worthing Pier


I started last Monday morning on Worthing Pier at the launch of a brilliant new environment display masterminded by Nadia and Nessy of Creative Waves who have been very supportive of the EYE Project. Pupils from 5 local schools have produced panels of everything from bees and starfish to butterflies and moths with interactive QR codes.

It’s there for 2 years so please do pay a visit.

Link to World Earth Day video: https://fb.watch/rHmdI4tS1u/

Link to EYE Project: the EYE Project – Eco, Young and Engaged

Transport for Southeast Survey

Transport for the Southeast is looking for residents, business owners and commuters to fill out a short survey regarding their experiences and priorities regarding current and future local transport.

This is part of their 'Your Voices' programme of activity which is being promoted online and in the local media.

The survey link is here: https://tfse.engage-360.co.uk/

Horticultural Peat: Prohibition of Sale


The new Horticultural Peat Private Members Bill unanimously passed through the House of Commons for its first reading. The PMB proposes to ban the sale of peat in the House of Commons today, initiated by my colleague and former Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers MP

The campaign to stop peat extraction took off in the 1990s and legislation to ban peat sales has been pondered by the UK Government for over a decade; two years ago, it promised a ban by the end of this Parliament in 2024. However, sales of peat compost and peat-containing products remains legal in the UK, contributing to the destruction of peatland habitats here and across Europe.

I am pleased to sponsor this Bill.

95% of people that responded to the UK Government’s consultation – of which 88% were amateur gardeners – were in favour of a complete retail sales ban.

Armenian Genocide Memorial Day


On April 24, 1915, around 600 Armenians were arrested and killed in Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, by order of the government. This event marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, during which three-quarters of the Armenian population of that time was killed. The international community did not react.

A few months ago, Azerbaijan forced out 100,000 Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian people have in fact survived both the first genocide of the 20th century and the first ethnic cleansing of the 21st century

To commemorate Armenian Genocide 109 years ago, I as Chair of the APPG for Armenia remembered those affected with fellow Parliamentarians, members of the APPG and the Armenian community in the UK.


Care Leavers Act 2023


The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 came into force on Saturday 6 April 2024, giving people who provide care to a family member, friend or relative the right to up to five days of unpaid leave from work to fulfil their caring responsibilities.

According to research from Carers UK, up to 2.3 million employees across Great Britain could benefit, while over 1 million employers will have to implement this right for their workforce. 

The legislation has been supported by businesses, employers, professional bodies, charities, local authorities, unions and unpaid carers. 

The Act will enable employees in Great Britain who provide care to someone who is disabled, older, or seriously ill to take up to five days off work each year to arrange or provide care. Having this additional flexibility will help unpaid carers to cope with the challenging task of balancing employment alongside their unpaid caring responsibilities. 

Carers UK estimates that, on average, 600 people a day have to give up work in order to care for older, ill or disabled relatives and friends due to a lack of support and flexibility in the workplace. 

Leading employers who already offer Carer’s Leave to their employees also say that this kind of support can help to deliver business benefits, improving productivity overall through better staff retention, by reducing recruitment costs, and by supporting employee wellbeing.

The Globe Primary Academy


I was pleased to contribute to The Globe Primary Academy's vegetable patches which encourage pupils to take care of their environment and learn about the importance of home grown produce and food security! As an avid gardener, I can assure The Glebe’s pupils that it makes a very rewarding hobby!

Home Affairs Select Committee: Co-op


The Home Affairs Committee, of which I am Deputy Chairman, held an evidence session examining the issue of violence and abuse towards retail workers. The session follows up on the Committee’s report, Violence and abuse towards retail workers, which was published in 2021.

Incidents of violence and abuse towards retail workers continue to grow. According to the British Retail Consortium, there are 1,300 incidents of violence or abuse every day. 87% of store workers have experienced verbal abuse, and 25% have been subject to physical violence, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). The ACS also found that 68% of members were very dissatisfied with the police response to incidents.

The Government announced last week that it intends to introduce a separate criminal offence for assaulting a shop worker, a measure the Home Affairs Committee proposed in its 2021 report.

Locally, antisocial behaviour and theft have been causing problems in Lancing, Shoreham, Southwick and other places. This is why I grilled Coop’s Paul Gerrard on Coop’s non-contact contract with security guards. Particularly close as we know that the Coop has been something of a 'magnet' locally for shoplifters.

Worthing Hero Russ Cook finished ‘Project Africa’

Huge congratulations to Worthing’s own ‘Hardest Geezer’ Russ Cook who has just become the first person to run the whole length of Africa from the southernmost tip of South Africa to the most northerly tip of Tunisia.

That is the equivalent distance of 360 marathons, and he has completed it in 352 days not without some mishaps, a potentially disastrous one was being refused a visa to enter Algeria until I was able to intervene with the Embassy in London and they eventually welcomed him in with open arms.

It was great to see Russ out with Rishi Sunak on a much shorter run-around Westminster.

Many congratulations for now exceeding fundraising target of £1 million for good causes.


Work and Health Programme Pioneer is providing crucial employment support across Adur and Worthing.


I’m thrilled to hear that the Work and Health Programme Pioneer is providing crucial employment support across Adur and Worthing.

If you’re unemployed, over the age of 18 and facing barriers to employment in East Worthing and Shoreham, you can receive tailored support at every stage of your job search. From creating a CV and developing your skills to preparing for an interview – they can help you find work.

For full eligibility details, or if you’re an organisation interested in learning more, visit https://whpp.maximusuk.co.uk/southern-england/ or contact JDocker-Linnett@maximusuk.co.uk.

WHP Pioneer, the newest phase of Universal Support, is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Self-managing Learning College opening on the regenerated Fishergate School building

It was a great honour to open officially the Self-Managed Learning College in the old Fishersgate School building which had been unused since the Shoreham Academy satellite school moved out. SML caters for young people who are unable to benefit from mainstream schools and talking to many of the pupils and parents who came along clearly, they are achieving something that others have been unable to do.

The trustees of the College needed to expand from their crowded and unsuitable office premises, and it is a perfect fit, but it took a lot of negotiating with the County Council to get sign off which I was happy to lend my support to. The great thing is that the site will retain the Gateway Hub run by Jill Lennon in what used to be the school nursery. The Hub proved invaluable during the Covid-19 pandemic and is now providing a useful support mechanism for many in the local community. It and it is good to see this building being lovingly used at the heart of the neighbourhood.


Lancing College Concert


Last weekend, Lancing College welcomed local schools and musical groups including people of all ages to the grand chapel. The large cohort of 400 performers filled the College’s chapel for a brilliant performance of the newly produced ‘'Beware the Mackerel Sky'.

I was particularly struck by the number of brilliant volunteers who had organised the event, showcasing the role of Lancing College as a community epicentre.

The event demonstrated that age is not a barrier, neither too young nor old to play or profess such impressive musical talents.

Teville Gate sale to Homes England

Teville Gate, earmarked for a minimum of 250 homes in Worthing’s local plan, has been an inactive site for many years now. With the potential and space for a great development, it has been important to me to ensure that the project proves to be asset to the Worthing community.

Since the sale of the sight to Homes England in March this year, plans to regenerate the area and lease back to the Council are underway. Worthing Council wants the site to be used both for new homes that will be available for Worthing residents to buy and for a large quantity of social housing to help those on the town’s register who need somewhere to live. The following video shows Councillor Kevin Jenkins, former Leader of Worthing Borough Council on the opportunities that the sale to Homes England will bring locally: https://youtu.be/mxPerYNqFWA

West Worthing MP Sir Peter Bottomley and I have consulted closely throughout the duration of the sale and expressed our own concerns with the future role of the development to the local area. Ensuring that future plans benefit the community. We will continue to follow developments closely.


Worthing Scouts and Girl Guides gang Show

It was a pleasure to attend Worthing Sea Scout and Girl Guide, ‘Gang Show’ in the Pavilion theatre. 2024 promised to be ‘bigger and better than ever’ to which I can atone.

Throughout the 1930s the Gang Show grew in popularity in the UK. Ralph Reader, British actor and life-long Scouting member held the first show in 1932. Reader was later recruited to conduct undercover work for the Royal Air Force at the breakout of WWII, under the guise of running RAF Gang Show concert parties to boost morale. Reader continued to produce RAF Gang Shows throughout the war, which entertained an estimated 350,000 servicemen. Since the 1950s the Gang Show has spread globally to several countries where the Scouting movement is found. Completely run by volunteers the shows often help raise money for local causes or the Scouting troops themselves.

I remember my own days in the cub and scouts gang shows back in the 1960s and 70s and it is great that Worthing continues the tradition.

I was especially heartened that British and Makaton sign languages were two of the performances showing the importance of partially hearing and deaf community inclusion.


Govia Thameslink updates

Another week of planned strike action ahead...

The most affected day will be Tuesday 7 May when a strike is expected to take place. This will mean no trains on much of the network. It is however important that customers expect changes and check their journeys carefully on all dates leading up to and during the industrial action period.

Journey planners such as www.nationalrail.co.uk are now showing journeys for Monday 6 through to Wednesday 8 May. Journeys on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May will appear in journey planners from this Friday, 3 May.

A day-by-day, route-by-route summary and FAQs for customers is now available on the industrial action pages on Govia Thameslink websites:


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