Trainwatch

On this section of my website, I post regular updates on our train service, 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, 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 might also want to visit: http://www.transportfocus.org.uk/, which tracks the performance of train operators.

News

Declassify first class carriages at peak times

I was pleased to receive a letter from the Transport Minister, Jo Johnson explaining the actions the government are taking to sort out the fiasco caused by GTR and Network Rail's handling of the new timetable implementation.

GTR explain timetable failure

Nick Brown, GTR's Chief Operating Officer has written a letter to MPs explaining why GTR failed so badly to deliver the new timetable. I will let you make your own judgement on their defence, suffice it to say that I do not believe there is much defence from either GTR or Network Rail.

Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway resigns

The Go-Ahead Group plc (GOG) today announced that Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, has tendered his resignation. He will remain in his post for a short period to oversee the development of a temporary timetable to address recent disruption to services.

End of the line for GTR

Just when we thought GTR's train service had started, ever so slightly, to improve, or at least not deteriorate further, along comes this new timetable - a mess of epic proportions.

New Train Timetable Chaos

I am sure I speak on behalf of thousands of commuters in Sussex when I say this must be the end of line for the GTR franchise. The recent chaos caused by the new train timetables has brought the epic catastrophe that is GTR back in the news headlines.

Urgent meeting wit the Secretary of State for Transport

Urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling and other Sussex MPs to discuss the chaos caused by the train timetables chaos following our letter to him yesterday. 

3 key issues need addressing urgently: 

Timetable Chaos: Urgent letter to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling

Following the unacceptable chaos caused by the botched introduction of the new train timetable, I signed a joint cross-party letter to the Transport Secretary, Christ Grayling, seeking urgent assurances that the Government is tackling this as a priority:

Dear Secretary of State,

New Train Times - Coming 20 May

The upcoming changes to Southern's train timetable will hopefully create a more reliable service and extra capacity in the morning peak for 40,000 more passengers from across our network into London, with further expansion to 60,000 by the end of 2019.  This does mean that every train time, at ev