Claire Perry MP couldn’t hack sorting it and resigned as Railways Minister last week. Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on the other hand is keen to take responsibility where hapless ministers and private sector pirates continue to fail commuters.
A GTR Southern train – with government blessing, GTR’s recent new timetable removed 300+ daily services
Hounslow commuters change trains at Clapham Junction, many from Osterley & Spring Grove Ward’s Syon Lane and Isleworth Stations to get to work at Victoria, Croydon and elsewhere using Southern Rail franchised to Govia Thameslink Railways. A few conversations I’ve had with constituents include horror stories of half length trains, jammed and hot carriages, delays and cancellations caused, in the main, by a badly managed franchise where the onus is on cutting costs and boodting shareholder profits at the expense of a vital public service.
This week the Mayor of London wrote to the Transport Secretary asking for TfL to be put in temporary charge of the Southern part of the GTR franchise. His letter to borough councillors describing that approach can be found here.
In 2014 the Department for Transport agreed to pay GTR £8.9 billion over the seven year franchise with GTR receiving all passenger revenues.
GTR owner, Go-Ahead Group plc Chief Executive David Brown received £2.16 million in total between July 2014 and June 2015, with the majority of this comprised of bonus payments.
Attendance and participation at last night’s meeting where we learnt more about the way our local train service works and how important it is to different users was a pleasure to be a part of.
Train at Syon Lane
Local resident, Michael Peacock, at very short notice was put on the spot to present but was asked to because of his in depth knowledge of the workings of our local railway and its context within the national network.
Many participants shared their views and also offered a range of proposals for the Department of Transport’s stakeholder consultation for the South Western Rail Franchise. Notes from the meeting can be found here and should be useful when preparing a response to the DfT before the 9 February 2016 deadline.
A copy of the consultation document can be found here and ways of responding to it here.
You wait for one consultation then two turn up at the same time.
Last week, the Department of Transport and Transport for London published another document, A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East, this describes a longer than recent ambition to incorporate suburban rail services (including ours) into the London Overground network. This is also worth responding to (in a similar way to the SWRF) and can be downloaded from here, the closing date for this one is 18 March 2016.
Happy to recieve copies of your responses.
Public meeting on the South Western Rail Franchise
on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
at Spring Grove House, West Thames College,
London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4HS
Wherever you are on The Hounslow Loop, this is an opportunity to find out and share more thoughts about our local train stations and services available from there. Whether it’s the number of departures per hour, length of trains, state and safe use of the stations, best price ticketing, there is room to make comment during the franchise consultation running until 9 February 2016.
A copy of the Rail Executive’s Stakeholder Consultation for the South Western Rail Franchise can be found here. Doable on a journey to and back from Waterloo, particularly the parts between pages 27 and 47. Continue reading