Lib Dems say Southern Full Timetable Restored is a Farce
Much has been said about the ending of the strikes by rail union ASLEF which has led to Southern Rail declaring a full time table restored. However, local Liberal Democrats have denounced this claim, calling it a farce in light of more delays, cancellations and problems on the rail network.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes and resident in Seaford, has been without trains since 3rd December 2016. While trains to the coastal town have been reintroduced today, the UK Trains Performance Measure shows Govia Thameslink, who run Southern Rail as having the highest number of delays and cancellations out of all the train services.
The live reporting feature, which looks at rolling stock and trains for all networks across the UK, shows at 11:30am on Tuesday 24th January 2016 that Govia has had 83 cancellations and 339 delayed trains so far.
“This goes to highlight that the problems created by Unions striking was simply the tip of the iceberg for a service that is being poorly run, and it is passengers suffering as a result.”
says Kelly-Marie Blundell, who commutes into London.
“Over 30% of trains in the Govia network have been delayed today, when there is meant to be a full service. When will the Government stand up and recognise that this rail service is not being delivered?”
“The Government hold the contract with Govia, they should strip them of that contract and put the network into special measures, so we can have the trains running on time.”