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Update from Rail Meetings

On 11 July, I attended a briefing with Nick Brown, COO of GTR, and John Halsall of Network Rail. Hopes remained pinned on a reliable performance being established after 15 July, followed by reinstating more peak services.

GTR Message about July 15 timetable

Recent letter from Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Service Director, Thameslink / Great Northern:

Dear Sir Oliver

Thank you for your questions regarding Letchworth services

You specifically asked for clarification about the following points:

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.