Rail in­dus­try ‘fails pas­sen­gers’

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THE rail in­dus­try has “failed the pas­sen­gers it serves” fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new timetable, the Trans­port Sec­re­tary said.

There have been “wholly un­sat­is­fac­tory lev­els of dis­rup­tion” on North­ern and Govia Thames­link Rail­way (GTR) ser­vices since de­par­ture times were resched­uled on May 20, ac­cord­ing to Chris Grayling.

In two let­ters to MPs, Mr Grayling de­scribed how he is “frus­trated” that what should have been a “good news story” about the in­tro­duc­tion of new ser­vices and ex­panded ca­pac­ity has had “such a poor start”.

Com­muters are suf­fer­ing their sec­ond week of travel chaos with the new timetable.

On Tues­day some 14% of North­ern ser­vices were can­celled, with a fur­ther 25% at least five min­utes late.

GTR saw 10% of trains can­celled and 14% de­layed.

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