Network Rail to blame for train delays, says Grayling

PUBLISHED: 19:00 30 May 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Picture: Chris McAndrew.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Picture: Chris McAndrew.

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has blamed Network Rail “for the wholly unsatisfactory levels of disruption on rail services” in a letter to MPs.

Commuters have complained of cancellations, delays and overcrowding on services run by Govia Thameslink Railway since a timetable change on Sunday, May 20.

In the letter to MPs, Mr Grayling said: “I am frustrated that what should have been a good news story for passengers, with the introduction of new services, new routes and expanded capacity, has had such a poor start.

“The industry, collectively, has failed the passengers it serves. A combination of delayed Network Rail infrastructure works and reduced time to plan a modified timetable meant that the new timetable was finalised much too late to permit adequate logistical planning for the timetable changes.”

He has asked Network Rail bosses to upgrade their timetabling system to handle the extra volume of traffic and will insist on gradual timetable changes until then.

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