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Govia Thameslink fine is too little, too late, say campaigners

13 July 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the news that the Government has handed Govia Thameslink a £13.4m fine for providing a poor service on its Southern Rail services.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We welcome the fact that the Government has finally issued a fine and applaud the work of Association of British Commuters in bringing the case that forced this action. But it's too little, too late. 

“The Southern fiasco is estimated to have cost the economy over £300m, and the Government has already covered millions of pounds in delay repay on behalf of Southern as well as handing GTR £20m of public money last year for extra staff and upgrades.

“Passengers have endured many months of miserable disruption, with poor performance predating the industrial action by many months. The Government should take control of this failing franchise, with a new start and a set up that passengers can have confidence in, and start the process of splitting it up and devolving key London sections of it to Transport for London."

For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s blog on the problems with Southern Rail services here – Sorting out Southern   
  • Campaign for Better Transport’s Fair Fares Now campaign is calling for affordable prices, even for peak times and turn-up-and-go tickets; reliable services that aren't overcrowded; and straightforward tickets that make train travel simple. 
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929 
  • The Association of British Commuters is an action group set up by Southern Rail passengers who want to take a stand and let the Government know that they have had enough of suffering unreliable, late and packed trains. www.associationofbritishcommuters.co.uk