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Crawley Labour launches campaign for more police officers

Crawley Labour activists were joined by leading Shadow Cabinet Member Emily Thornberry as they launched a campaign to get more police back on Crawley’s streets.



Emily Thornberry visits Crawley last Saturday (20th Oct)

Following the rise of violence on Crawley’s streets over recent months, Crawley Labour has launched a petition to ensure the voice of local residents is clearly heard by Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who is responsible for setting the budget for the town’s police.

The petition comes just weeks after Sussex Police were publicly celebrating their largest intake of new police officers and PCSOs.

Crawley Labour say that since 2010, the number of police officers in the local area has declined by over 700 and Crawley has lost its designated neighbourhood PCSOs, while residents across the town have complained about decreasing police responsiveness, drug selling moving out into residential areas and increasing knife-crime.

The petition from them calls upon the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure Crawley that is allocated the officers it needs to restore a meaningful response for those who contact the police, and to end the wave of drugs and violence which has recently plagued the town.

Cllr Peter Lamb, Crawley Council Leader and Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, said:

“It’s common sense that if you take hundreds of police officers off of our streets, law and order is going to suffer. Local residents regularly complain to me about the declining responsiveness from the police and I’m determined to ensure that Crawley’s voice is heard loudly and clearly by Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner.”

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner was approached for comment.





Southern Rail passenger satisfaction at seven-year high according to watchdog

Satisfaction levels among Southern Rail passengers are at the highest level for seven years, national watchdog Transport Focus has announced.



Some 81% of Southern passengers said they were satisfied or very satisfied, a 12-percentage point increase, while the proportion of passengers saying they were happy with punctuality rose 20% percentage points to 74%.

Passenger satisfaction on Gatwick Express is two percentage points higher, at 89%, which is also the highest in seven years.

Thameslink, which had fallen to 77% in the autumn 2018 survey following the timetable difficulties in May last year, has recorded its second highest-ever figure of 83%.

Great Northern has also returned to last year’s pre-May levels, up nine percentage points on the most recent autumn survey, with 77% of passengers satisfied, which is broadly similar to the same period 12 months ago.

Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), said:

“Passengers on Southern are now happier with the service than they have been at any time in the past seven years. Across the board, they are more satisfied with the standard of our stations and trains and the smooth-running of the timetable. Underpinning these scores is a consistently reliable service, with nine out of trains running on time.”

Mr Verwer added:

“Passenger satisfaction has bounced back on Thameslink and Great Northern as services have recovered from the disruption caused by the spring 2018 timetable change. On Thameslink, passenger satisfaction is at its second highest level. Punctuality and reliability on Thameslink are good, with almost nine in ten trains arriving on time.

“Since the survey was carried out, we have started to replace the UK’s oldest electric fleet with new Class 717 trains on Great Northern and we hope these improvements will be reflected in future surveys.

“However, we know there is always more we can do, particularly on reliability for our Great Northern customers, and we are working hard to make further improvements. I’d like to thank colleagues for their hard work and dedication, and our passengers for their custom, and for taking the time to let us know what they think of our service.

“Partnership working is crucial to GTR’s success and I’d like to acknowledge the vital role played Network Rail and our suppliers.”

The Transport Focus results come after the rail regulator gave an upbeat assessment on GTR, which operates Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern: punctuality on GTR was at its highest level for seven years according to the latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road. GTR carries 19 per cent of all UK rail passengers, which have increased to 342 million a year, the ORR said.

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