Firms face fines for chaos

Daily Mail - - Countdown To Brexit D-day -

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.

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