Monday, 27 January, 2020


GTR franchise: Too few drivers at troubled train firm

Southern strike GTR franchise: Too few drivers at troubled train firm
Bennie Garza | 10 January, 2018, 18:06

The "nightmare" experienced by Southern train passengers over the last three years could have been avoided by the Government, according to a new report from a Parliamentary body. "We expect service improvements to continue as the Thameslink programme is completed".

A DfT spokesperson said it could not comment on specific figures it might pay Govia but acknowledged it would be paying the operator more money because it would be running a greater number of services.

The department for transport franchise to support the delivery of the major Thameslink upgrade programme and improve passengers' experience of services.

Passengers on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise have suffered the worst disruption on the network since services began in September 2014, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported.

The NAO added that Ministers failed to check Govia would have enough drivers when it took over Southern and Thameslink - only to see a chronic shortage trigger as many as 56,000 delays in two years.

Since the franchise's July 2015 inception, around 146,000 services - equivalent to 7.7% of the total - had been cancelled or delayed by more than 30 minutes, compared to 2.8% on the rest of the network.

The work in October 2018 and February 2019 is a key part of a £300m government-funded programme to tackle delay hotspots and boost the reliability of the railway in the south east, cutting delays and providing a better, more reliable rail service to the 300,000 passengers who travel on the Brighton Main Line each day.

Govia Thameslink received fewer drivers than it expected from FirstGroup - the previous operator of Thameslink Great Northern - and driver shortages have persisted on Great Northern services.

The DfT has considered its options for terminating the franchise, but made a decision to continue its contract, although it did come to an agreement with the operator to l fund a £13.4m spending programme for missing its targets to date.

After missing targets, Govia agreed with the Government that it would spend £13.4m on improvements.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm extremely sorry that passengers on Southern have had such a hard time but most passengers on that network today will say over the past year things have got much better and so does the NAO".

"Today's report confirms much of the Committee's analysis and demonstrates that the Department for Transport has a long way to go in rectifying the situation and learning the lessons for future rail franchises".

Charles Horton, chief executive of GTR, said: "The report identifies numerous root causes for the challenges it has faced".

One of the new Class 700 Thameslink trains.

"We are glad the National Audit Office has recognised these passenger benefits and forecast Thameslink has a realistic chance of delivering value for money".

"Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGH) is the UK's largest franchise - carrying nearly a million passengers a day - and the report identifies numerous root causes for the challenges it has faced since its formation in 2014".

"It is only right that a franchise of TSGN's unprecedented scale and ambition receives scrutiny, and I am more confident than ever that its trailblazing achievements will be felt by rail travellers for generations to come".

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