Our MPs tackle the rail bosses

Govia Trains are holding a consultation
Govia Trains are holding a consultation

MPs have tackled rail bosses over the standard of service in Chronicle Country.

North East Beds MP Alistair Burt this week took part in an urgent Commons question time with Transport Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin MP as parliament resumed.

Mr Burt raised the concerns of constituents from Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey stations who could not access Kings Cross after Christmas due to overrunning engineering works.

Mr Burt said: “My constituents were inconvenienced and very annoyed, and the anger expressed by them has been wholly justified. But they recognise that this was the biggest ever Christmas investment in engineering works, all designed to improve Kings Cross and passenger journeys coming into it.

“Constituents are paying heavily for their use of the railway, so I also made the point that whatever the inquiry found as to what had happened and why, to ensure disruption is minimised, we don’t want to stop such investment for the future.

“We do not want any sanction against Network Rail to hit investment.”

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries met with representatives of Govia Thameslink and Network Rail to discuss the amount of delays and cancellations that have taken place since Govia took over the rail franchise in September.

Ms Dorries said: “Govia know that they have to do better. I have personally experienced the chaos caused by trains being cancelled, delayed or diverted.

“I was pleased to be able to pass on the wrath felt by many of my constituents who have experienced this on such a regular basis in the pre-Christmas period.”

Many of the issues have been blamed on a lack of drivers. Ms Dorries has now requested the provision of regular performance figures from Govia, and will meet with the management team again to follow up implementation of plans they have outlined.