Petition to have contract removed from Govia Thameslink Railway passes 10,000 signatures

PUBLISHED: 14:33 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:45 01 June 2018

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The petition to the government to remove the train franchise from Govia Thameslink Railway has passed 10,000 signatures - meaning it will get a response from the government.

Commuters have complained of cancellations, long delays and overcrowding on Thameslink and Great Northern services since a new timetable was introduced on Sunday, May 20.

A petition was set up by a member of the public, calling for: “The Secretary of State [for Transport to] intervene immediately over GTR’s failure to implement its new timetable leaving commuters stranded and mass cancellations of services despite having a year to plan for the changes.

“GTR has consistently had the worst performance figures of any train operating company in England. It has failed to improve services and now totally failed to deliver on its own new timetable leading to total chaos and is contributing to lost man hours, harming the economy and failing in all aspects of customer service.

“It has been criticised by two Commons Select Committees and the National Audit Office for its repeated failures.”

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

It is not known exactly when the government will respond to the petition. The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has already apologised for the disruption, blaming the problem on Network Rail’s delayed infrastructure repairs.

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