Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley 9:45 am, 1st March 2012

Was it not under the previous Government and the Office of the Rail Regulator that the dedicated Gatwick Express service ended and became fragmented? We need to bear in mind that the Gatwick Express has  been reduced as a dedicated airport service because of the Department for Transport’s actions under the previous Government.

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John Byng
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 8:54 pm (Report this annotation)

Henry Smith is right to point out that the dedicated Gatwick Express service was amalgamated into a wider franchise awarded to Southern under the previous government. Since then the quality of the service has been gradually erroded so the Minister is now wrong to describe it as "a very high quality service" - only the price is high.