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

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

RMT industrial action - Transport Secretary's Response

Dear Colleague,

As you will be aware the RMT union have called strike action starting on
8 November on five rail companies, namely Southern, South Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and Arriva North. Their dispute is about the role of the guard on trains.

RMT announce further strike action

Please see below a statement from GTR regarding the RMT’s announcement today about fresh industrial action on Southern services on 8 & 9 November (which would be the 37th and 38th RMT strike days on Southern):

GTR Update: Southern & Accessibility

At the beginning of this year, GTR finalised changes to the way they operate on their network – on many trains now the driver is in full control of the doors allowing the new role of on board supervisor (OBS) to spend more time with passengers.

Aslef announcement

I welcome the Aslef executive’s endorsement of the proposals GTR have negotiated to resolve the dispute. Negotiations have been concluded on pay, productivity and Driver Only Operation in a package that will now be put to a referendum of Aslef members.

RMT announce further strike action

Please see below a statement from Nick Brown, chief operating office regarding the RMT’s announcement today about fresh industrial action on Southern services on Tuesday 3 October and Thursday 5 October. We will share more information as soon as it is available.