Government finally intervenes on Southern Rail failures

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced a new ‘hit squad’ plus a further £10m of Government subsidy to Southern Rail to “get to grips” with problems on their network .

Passengers have experienced months of interrupted services and the chaos has continued even after the company cut 350 services and introduced a new, less frequent, timetable – down to just two trains an hour to London Bridge from North Dulwich.

On Thursday Mr Grayling announced that former Virgin Rail chief operating officer Chris Gibb is to head a new project board to ensure that franchise holder GTR restores train services.

Curiously the transport secretary’s statement makes no mention of involving the Mayor or TfL in the project team.  A strange omission if the aim is to make London’s transport system work more cohesively for Londoners.

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