Following the Government’s announcement of changes to ‘delay repay’ compensation for delayed trains, Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes has called the proposals a distraction in the midst of Southern Rail crisis.
“The announcement is a distraction from the real problems with Southern Rail – they should be stripped of the contract.
“How about, instead of the government offering passengers an additional 50p in compensation at some point in the future, the Conservatives actually look at the contract they hold with Southern Rail and see if the rail company are meeting the delivery requirements.
“I strongly suggest, with 80% of cuts to train services between Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven in the last 18 months, that Govia Thameslink who run Southern are not meeting the contractual requirements.
“It is the Conservatives who hold the contract and therefore the power to actually address the problem.”
Proposals to extend Delay Repay compensation to all passengers who experience delays of 15 minutes or more, instead of 30 minutes or more, will be introduced later this month.