Firms face fines for chaos
TWO of Britain’s biggest train operators could face heavy fines for timetable chaos that left passengers stranded, the rail regulator warned yesterday.
The Office of Rail and Road ( ORR) is investigating whether Govia Thameslink and Northern Rail breached their licence conditions by cancelling hundreds of trains each day following botched timetable changes on May 20.
In a report it also called for an overhaul of the ‘fragmented’ rail system to put passengers first. It said rail bosses had lost passengers’ ‘trust and confidence’.
The report by ORR chairman Professor Stephen Glaister did not rule out the possibility that rail firms could be renationalised.