MP Grant Shapps reveals Great Northern timetable disruption could continue for two months

PUBLISHED: 10:24 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 24 May 2018

MP Grant Shapps and Great Northern's passenger services director Stuart Cheshire. Picture: Mr Shapps' office.

MP Grant Shapps and Great Northern's passenger services director Stuart Cheshire. Picture: Mr Shapps' office.

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Welwyn Hatfield's MP has revealed that train disruption caused by Great Northern's new timetable could continue for around two months.

Grant Shapps said that during a “fiery” meeting with train chiefs, it emerged that delays would continue for six to eight weeks as the new timetable beds in.

In a series of tweets, he said his reaction to that was “virtually unprintable”, adding he told Great Northern its service was “beyond a disgrace” and the new timetable was unacceptable.

He tweeted: “[2 of 4]: Be warned! Disruption is apparently going to continue for another 6 to 8 wks whilst this new timetable beds in. My response to that is virtually unprintable, but I’m passing on the info as I promised. However, there is slightly more promising news… [see 3 of 4].

“[3 of 4]: The timetable will be REVIEWED this Dec and there are two changes I want to see. (i) We want the faster WGC to London journey-time back. (ii) We want at least 3 daytime trains an hour back from all Welwyn Hatfield stations.

“[4 of 4]: And (though I know this sounds like an outlandish idea to @GNRailUK) we actually want the blinking trains on their timetable to run at the advertised times! Too much to ask? They have until the end of this year. I will work to try to get this timetable improved!”

Great Northern has been contacted for comment.

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