Southern To Announce New Reduced Timetable

Monday 4th July 2016

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Could fewer train services be about to run in and out of Eastbourne?

Govia Thameslink Rail, the company which runs Southern, are due to announce a new, reduced timetable tomorrow, which will come into force next week.

The RMT Union – whose members have been locked in disputes with the company over the introduction of driver-only trains - claims this will allow the firm to axe 350 services every day.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, "This latest savage attack on passenger services by GTR is nothing to do with staff sickness and everything to do with gross mismanagement of this franchise and the failure to employ enough guards and drivers to fill the current rosters and diagrams. The continuing attempt to blame the front line workforce for this crisis is a cynical and cowardly ploy that will not wash with the travelling public.

"The solution of this failing, basket-case franchise is not axing more trains and attacking those trying to hold it together at the sharp end - it is the removal of Govia at the earliest possible point.

"Directly Operated Railways, who sorted out the mess on the East Coast, are lined up and ready to go and they should be given the green light to take over and start running these routes under public control, in the public interest."

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Rail said, “We will be confirming details of a temporary timetable on Tuesday 5 July. The timetable recognises that the present level of service has not been acceptable will aim to give passengers a more predictable service they can plan around. This will be a temporary measure until train crew availability levels return to normal.”

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