Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has questioned the decision by Southern Rail to introduce a temporary, amended timetable from next week, which it has said it will introduce in order to overcome ongoing disruption, in-part being caused by unofficial strike action.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has claimed that the change to the timetable could see 350 services axed.
Speaking from Westminster, Maria said: “The service being provided to rail users by Southern Rail remains unacceptable, and so some form of plan, even if temporary, should be expected.”
“I therefore, look forward to seeing the amended timetable tomorrow, so that I am able to see the proposed changes. I am however concerned that this proposal to amend the timetable will lead to an even greater dissatisfaction among rail users, particularly during peak times.”
“Regular commuters like myself will be only too aware of just how busy the train network is from the South East into London. This is the case when there is a good service running, and so it is my view that the reduction in services could have a real impact on rail users across the network.”
“I therefore, very much look forward to meeting with Mick Cash of the RMT later today, in order to look at how employees represented by the union can be encouraged to help towards improving the service difficulties currently facing Southern.”
“I will also be attending the Commons Transport Committees Oral Evidence Session in Parliament tomorrow, where Mick Cash of the RMT and Dyan Crowther and Charles Horton, the Chief Operating & Chief Executive Officers respectively at Govia Thameslink will be questioned by MP’s on improving rail passenger experience.”