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| January 17, 2019

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‘9 Year Old’s’ Letter to Southern Rail Goes Viral

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Pete Humphreys

A letter to Southern Rail, apparently written by a Hove schoolboy, has gone viral, after being shared by his father on Twitter.

In the email, Frankie Cottrell appears to complain that his parents are often late back from work, and pleads with the rail company to “negotiate” and help him “get back to normal life again”.

Frankie’s Dad Clive Cottrell tweeted out the message yesterday evening, claiming that it had been written by his son. The original post has already been retweeted over sixty times.

The message has also been sent to Hove MP Peter Kyle.

It reads: “To whom it may concern, My name is Frankie, I am nine years old and I live in Hove.

“My mum and dad both work in London. I am tired of them coming home late every night because of the rail strikes.

“They pay a lot of money for their season tickets/Oyster cards and are not getting value for their money.

“Surely there must be a way to solve these problems. At school we are taught to negotiate with each other to sort out our differences and clearly you have not learned to do this.

“Please could you sort this out as soon as possible so my mum, dad and other commuters can get back to normal life again.”

Southern Rail workers will be striking from 10 – 13 January over the rail company’s new ‘driver operated door’ policy which unions say will make the railways less safe for passengers.

It is the latest in a series of strikes over the issue which have been taking place over the last twelve months.

Image: Loz Pycock

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