Trainwatch

You will all be familiar with the publicity about the recent very poor service by GTR which are responsible for the Southern and Thameslink services along the coast and going into London, including Gatwick Express, and which deteriorated particular before and after Christmas.

I have been caught in delays and cancellations several times on my way to and from Westminster too and so share your pain!

On this section of my website, I post updates on strike action, train punctuality tables, my latest videos on the issue, as well as letters to and from government ministers. If you have questions on what you see here please do get in touch. I will also be posting updates on my Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

I am happy for constituents to copy me in on their experiences for me to take up with GTR at our next meeting, but in the first instance you can complain here: http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/contact-us/form/

You can opt to receive updates on your mobile by downloading ‘Thameslink on Track’ app here: http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/planning/app/

You may also care to http://www.transportfocus.org.uk/, which tracks the performance of train operators. In particular, their story on Govia Thameslink Railway ticket offices consultation may be of interest: http://goo.gl/xdnh3G

News

Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card

The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card can make a real difference to people looking for work by allowing jobseekers to travel to interviews at half the price.

PMQs - Train Compensation

At Prime Minister's Questions, I asked the Prime Minister why train operating companies should benefit financial from failing to deliver a decent service when it is commuters who have to deal with the hassle of delays and cancellations.

Winter train delays and compensation

I have often before drawn attention to the fact that Network Rail regularly pays out £000m's to train operating companies (TOCs), such as Southern, as a result of problems with the tracks or signalling.

GTR May 2018 Timetable

Please see attached information regarding the new timetable which starts in May.

keyGo is now live

keyGo – GTR's smartcard pay as you go product – has gone live across the GTR network. Like the Key, keyGo will enable passengers to tap and go at all GTR stations without having to buy a ticket or load up a balance.

GTR Franchise to be Broken Up

The Government have announced today that they will be splitting up the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in 2021, and consulting on a new West of England franchise.