Pevensey’s MP doesn’t believe stripping Govia Thameslink Railway of the Southern franchise is the answer to the problems on the railways.
As the RMT Union continues its five-day strike in a row over driver-only trains, Eastbourne remains without services through to Hastings and a limited service to Brighton.
The RMT continues to say their stance is over the safety of the passengers – something they say will be compromised if the conductor role is scrapped and replaced with on-board supervisors. Today (10 August), the RMT will protest outside the Department of Transport in London, claiming the Government sabotaged talks at ACAS last week.
Yesterday, Southern offered to meet ‘anywhere, any place, any time’ to resume talks and tabled an offer to the Union.
Over the months of disruption, many have called for the Southern franchise to be taken away and allocated to another company or for the Government to take it on. On Monday (8 August), the Eastbourne Green Party called for Pevensey MP Huw Merriman to ask the Government to sack GTR bosses and take over the running of the franchise themselves.
Responding to this, Mr Merrimen isn’t convinced that would be the answer: