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BCC: Businesses want action on rail disruption

Today Chambers from the South East of England met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Rail Minister Paul Maynard to discuss the ongoing rail disruption.

Speaking together after the meeting, representatives from Hampshire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Chambers, said:

"Business communities and commuters across the South East of England are impatient for action after nearly a year of unpredictable and costly disruption. While firms have taken every step possible to support staff affected by strike action, businesses and local economies are hurting. It is incumbent upon all parties in the dispute to come to the table and reach a durable solution."

Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), added:

"Business communities elsewhere in the UK are also watching with great concern. A wave of further rail strikes like the one in the South East would hit investment, job creation and confidence - and undermine the livelihoods of millions of people."

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:

“London businesses and commuters are facing a double-whammy this week as they face disruption from both train and tube strikes. A resolution between all the parties involved in these actions is needed urgently to prevent further and unnecessary disturbances to workers in the city and surrounding areas.”

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