Protests over Thameslink franchise

Protests on rail franchise

Protests on rail franchise

First published in News

UNIONS and MPs staged protests over safety fears after a major rail franchise was awarded.

The Thameslink franchise was awarded to Govia and will run for seven years from September between Brighton and London.

But union chiefs said jobs would be cut and passengers would be less safe.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Not only are there likely to be huge job cuts across the area controlled by the growing Govia empire, the prospect of driver-only trains and the loss of staff at stations across a third of the network will make travelling, especially late at night, a less safe experience for passengers.”

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion who joined a protest at London Victoria on Monday, said: “The new franchise threatens the livelihoods of skilled local railway workers and our services.

“I call on the Government to review this new super-franchise as a matter of urgency to ensure the protection of jobs, services and passenger safety.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “This is irresponsible scaremongering by the rail unions and their actions show no regard for passengers.”

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2:20pm Wed 18 Jun 14

David BN3 says...

It is quite obvious the Department of Transport has no regard for passengers. Pot and kettle I think. They use the term scaremongering because this government do not want the public to voice ANY opinion unless it fits in with their own
It is quite obvious the Department of Transport has no regard for passengers. Pot and kettle I think. They use the term scaremongering because this government do not want the public to voice ANY opinion unless it fits in with their own David BN3
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2:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

gary101 says...

David BN3 wrote:
It is quite obvious the Department of Transport has no regard for passengers. Pot and kettle I think. They use the term scaremongering because this government do not want the public to voice ANY opinion unless it fits in with their own
There WAS a public consultation over the new franchise....

The Union comment over "drive only" trains is pointless. As far as I know, most FCC trains do not operate with a conductor on.

As for Lucas. My God she'll comment on anything for a bit of publicity.
[quote][p][bold]David BN3[/bold] wrote: It is quite obvious the Department of Transport has no regard for passengers. Pot and kettle I think. They use the term scaremongering because this government do not want the public to voice ANY opinion unless it fits in with their own[/p][/quote]There WAS a public consultation over the new franchise.... The Union comment over "drive only" trains is pointless. As far as I know, most FCC trains do not operate with a conductor on. As for Lucas. My God she'll comment on anything for a bit of publicity. gary101
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3:21pm Wed 18 Jun 14

puddinghead says...

Why isn't this being referred to the Competition commission. Govia controls Brighton and Hove Buses and now all trains between Brighton and the Capital. Can that be allowed?
Why isn't this being referred to the Competition commission. Govia controls Brighton and Hove Buses and now all trains between Brighton and the Capital. Can that be allowed? puddinghead
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3:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

TFox07 says...

True that it makes the local rail network uncompetitive and I don't know what Govia has planned with the Thameslink line but as a user of the London to Brighton line surely the better provider of the two taking over the other is a good thing? FCC Trains particularly around rush hour can be pretty dire at times.
True that it makes the local rail network uncompetitive and I don't know what Govia has planned with the Thameslink line but as a user of the London to Brighton line surely the better provider of the two taking over the other is a good thing? FCC Trains particularly around rush hour can be pretty dire at times. TFox07
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4:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

puddinghead says...

They don't run the line, that's Network Rail. Delays are invariably down to signal problems, suicides. Broken down trains only sometimes. Thameslink route is notoriously bad north of London. I'm more concerned that one company now holds all the public transport options in our city, up to the capital and along the coast. When you look at the companies they own you'll see that pretty much control travel options on the South Coast. No choice - no competition - no incentive to at least attempt to keep prices low....as we've seen with their constant increasing of bus fares.
They don't run the line, that's Network Rail. Delays are invariably down to signal problems, suicides. Broken down trains only sometimes. Thameslink route is notoriously bad north of London. I'm more concerned that one company now holds all the public transport options in our city, up to the capital and along the coast. When you look at the companies they own you'll see that pretty much control travel options on the South Coast. No choice - no competition - no incentive to at least attempt to keep prices low....as we've seen with their constant increasing of bus fares. puddinghead
  • Score: 4

12:19am Thu 19 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

So it will less safe because the remaining staff will be useless?
So it will less safe because the remaining staff will be useless? stevo!!
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12:20am Thu 19 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

"As for Lucas. My God she'll comment on anything for a bit of publicity."

Wouldn't a proper Green be pleased that fewer trains will be running?
"As for Lucas. My God she'll comment on anything for a bit of publicity." Wouldn't a proper Green be pleased that fewer trains will be running? stevo!!
  • Score: 1

10:09am Thu 19 Jun 14

G Wiley says...

“The new franchise threatens the livelihoods of skilled local railway workers and our services. I call on the Government to review this new super-franchise as a matter of urgency to ensure the protection of jobs, services and passenger safety.” says left-wing anti-capitalist Lucas who wants the railways to be renationalised and a return to rail strikes, over-manning and restrictive working practices of the 70s.

Of course Lucas is siding with the unions - as she did with the green-left and the GMB and the refuse strikes - she is showing her real, melon, colours.
“The new franchise threatens the livelihoods of skilled local railway workers and our services. I call on the Government to review this new super-franchise as a matter of urgency to ensure the protection of jobs, services and passenger safety.” says left-wing anti-capitalist Lucas who wants the railways to be renationalised and a return to rail strikes, over-manning and restrictive working practices of the 70s. Of course Lucas is siding with the unions - as she did with the green-left and the GMB and the refuse strikes - she is showing her real, melon, colours. G Wiley
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