MP welcomes suspension of First Class

Sir Oliver has welcomed the Rail Minister’s response to his call for First Class to be suspended until 15 July.  He has received the attached letter from the Minister, Jo Johnson MP.


MP has more talks with Secretary of State

Last night I met Chris Grayling again with neighbouring MPs to discuss the chaos on our railway. He had just had a meeting with GTR and had specifically raised our North East Herts concerns.

Train service still unacceptable/MPs' letter

Spoke to Chris Grayling at 8 o'clock this morning to reinforce that service is still unacceptable. He will press GTR at a meeting later today.

Have written with colleagues Heidi Allen and Johnathan Djanogly to GTR putting forward strong concerns. Letter attached.

20 June meeting with senior GTR officials

Met senior GTR officials today including Passenger Services Director Stuart Cheshire and Deputy CEO Alex Foulds. I explained the seriousness of the situation and pressed on all issues. Their overall assessment is still for a more reliable and robust timetable in mid-July.

Oliver continues to press Ministers over rail reliability

Over the past week, I have been pressing for immediate action from operators Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR) to restore a proper timetable, accurate passenger information and more reliability on the train lines running from our commuter stations.

MP’s discussion with CEO of Govia Thameslink

I had a frank discussion with Charles Horton this morning about the unacceptable situation at the beginning of week 4 and in particular the absolute need for accurate information and reliable service during peak periods.