Reigate cafe owner in BBC video blog about rail strike’s effect

One of the co-owners of Beryl and Pegs has video blogged about the effect of the rail strike on business, for the BBC.

In Tuesday’s video (which can be seen below), Debbie Davis explains that takings are down at the Holmesdale Road eatery due to the drop in commuters.

Debbie tells the camera:

“We have different pockets of trade in the cafe, and commuters are a big part of that.”

The popular cafe, which opened in 2014, sits opposite Reigate station.

The video has been shared on social media in the town, and Debbie told this afternoon that lots of customers have commented on it.

The long-running rail dispute is about drivers being given the responsibility for operating train doors.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw the Southern drivers’ strike, which will repeat on Friday.   No Southern services operate on such days, leaving Reigate with only GWR’s east-west service.

And on non-strike days, the drivers’ continuing overtime ban removes all direct Southern services to London from the station, meaning a change at Redhill or elsewhere for city commuters.

A conductors’ strike has also been a factor in recent months.


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