Rail staff shortages or mismanagement?

Mr Foulds, you conceded in the newspaper article that there were a small number of cases where crews were available to staff part of a service, but GTR ‘hadn’t managed to organise ourselves well enough’ to run them.

Surely this is a bit of an indicator that you and your management team, cannot manage properly. It is not as if this has only happened this week, it has been going on for months!

Mr Foulds denied staff were banned from taking overtime or that management deliberately cancelled trains.

‘No way would we deliberately cancel trains.’

Mr Foulds said there were ‘no plans’ to cut the timetable further.

Just look at what you are saying: “You would not deliberately cancel trains”, and we are supposed to believe you, when the next thing you say is: ‘GTR will introduce a temporary reduced timetable from Monday, with 341 services cancelled each day in the hope of providing a more reliable service’.

For Govia Thameslink Railway to have and to retain the vital franchise, vital to us the passengers, it gets us to work and around the South East. To retain the vitally important Gatwick Express franchise to service the main international connection into London, you not only have to do better, you have to do it now and the giver of your franchise should only allow you a time limit in which to get it right.

You should also be stripped of any REAL profits and especially director’s dividends. These should be retained, under close inspection, by a passengers committee, to go to reducing fares for a specific period.

Terry Ellis

North Ham Road

Littlehampton

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