Southeastern Railways

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2015.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Chair, Justice Committee, Chair, Justice Committee 11:30 am, 16th July 2015

I am grateful to the Minister for the steps she has taken, of which I have had experience, but the fact remains that the performance of Southeastern trains is wholly unacceptable. I am getting emails from my constituents saying that their train is five minutes late more than 60% of the time, which tells me that the message is still not getting through. Should we not be urgently considering the introduction of financial penalties? Should we perhaps consider, even in advance of the franchise renewal in 2018, bringing in an operator such as London Overground, which operates its services infinitely more efficiently?