Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar trains ‘safe from emergency cuts’

Welwyn Garden City Station

Welwyn Garden City Station - Credit: Archant

Train company Govia has reassured Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar passengers they will not have to suffer service cuts, after an emergency timetable led to protests on part of its network.

On Monday, passengers protested at Victoria Station in London, after Govia introduced a new timetable in its Southern division with many fewer services.

Even with the reduced timetable, many trains to southern England were late, and more than 12,000 people signed a petition asking for the franchise to be removed from Govia, which also operates the Great Northern and Thameslink services.

But company spokesman Roger Perkins told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the problem was rooted in an industrial dispute over the withdrawl of conductors from some Southern services.

He said: “It does not affect Great Northern or Thameslink, They have never had conductors, and they have driver-only trains.”