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Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will conduct an independent public inquiry into the management and performance of Govia Thameslink Rail/Southern Rail services and the social, economic and environmental effect of that performance on London and the South East.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department constantly monitors the performance of the GTR contract and holds the operator to account. Since last April industrial action has impacted passengers daily lives and had wider economic effects across the South East. As recently as last week RMT were taking industrial action and, I urge union leaders to negotiate constructively with the operator, without resorting to inflammatory rhetoric and put the interests of long suffering passengers first.

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