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

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.

ASLEF vote to end strike action

It is very good news that ASLEF train drivers have voted overwhelmingly to end their strike action, which includes a 28.5 per cent pay rise over the next five years. Hopefully things can now begin to get back to normal, whatever ‘normal’ amounts to for Southern Rail.

Business as usual on most Southern routes during RMT strike

GTR will be running a normal service on most Southern routes during the RMT’s strike on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 and 9 November.

A full Southern service will is planned except for the following:

· A limited West London line service will operate

Disabled Access - Southern Rail

Useful meeting Huw Merriman MP and disability campaigner, Anne Bates, discussing access onto Southern Rail trains for those with disabilities.

Brighton Mainline Alliance

We all know that our region needs significant long-term rail investment to support our growing regional economy and to maintain our competitive advantage.