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MP Piles More Pressure on GTR

Sir Oliver Heald MP is continuing to take up passenger’s concerns regarding the disruption caused by changes to rail timetabling that occurred last May.

MP's latest representations to Ministers

Yesterday, I pressed Jo Johnson in the Chamber of the House of Commons about the rail situation.

I later met Chris Grayling and raised Health & Safety concerns about overcrowding, the need for an early compensation announcement and the need for evening flyers to stop at Letchworth.

MP to Meet Chris Grayling

I wrote to the Transport Secretary yesterday expressing my concern that the service is going backwards in terms of capacity and reliability and I will be meeting him this evening.

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.