Govia Thameslink Railway: Fines

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 27 June 2016.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been of Network Rail paying fines to Govia Thameslink Railway under the Track Access Agreement in the last three years.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The available data for the last three years for Network Rail payments to Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) under the Track Access Agreement (TAA) is available at This details Schedule 4 payments which relate to agreed disruption caused by planned work; and Schedule 8 payments which relate to non-planned disruption.

The net Schedule 8 payment agreed with individual operators is arrived at through a process of attribution of delays where many factors are taken into consideration and compensation amounts are incurred both ways.

GTR’s provision of services for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise only began on 14 September 2014, with Southern services included from 26 July 2015, and so will not be included in the 2014/15 figure available at

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