Southern Rail has come under fire for its handling of its train services with Lib Dems calling on it to lose its franchise. It comes as Southern took the decision to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetable for a month - including many train services to Newhaven and Seaford. The Conservative Government has agreed to allowing Southern to make these cuts.

Some passengers have lost their jobs because of delays to their trains, with others facing unacceptable disruption and delay in getting to work.

Many travellers are also angry at not getting home on time - for example, to see their children - because of delays and cancellations.

The disruption has been caused by staff shortages and industrial action.

Sussex based Liberal Democrat peer Lord Dholakia argued it was time for the minister to summon the firm's management and tell them "they are not fit and proper persons to run our railways and the only thing that should be slashed is their franchise".

Liberal Democrat peer and Transport Spokesperson Baroness Randerson added that: "beleaguered passengers are being used as hostages in the power struggle" between the operator and RMT.

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