SOUTHERN TRAINS - BRING THEM INTO PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
NEWS RELEASE FROM WATFORD LABOUR
‘Too little too late’ from the Mayor - Labour calls for Southern trains to be brought into public ownership.
Labour Group Leader, Councillor Nigel Bell has today launched a petition for the rail service franchise from Milton Keynes to Watford and Clapham currently held by Southern Trains to be cancelled and the routes brought back into public ownership to guarantee services
The Labour Leader also criticised the Mayor for doing too little too late to stop the cancellations and has demanded action by Watford’s MP to end the Southern franchise.
Nigel Bell said, “Thousands of local people are facing misery and chaos as a result of these train cancellations. Many Watford people rely on these trains to get to work and now face doubling of journey times by different routes and overcrowded conditions for everyone. When the private operator couldn’t run the east coast services, the routes were successfully taken into public ownership and this should happen with Southern’s services.”
“If they can’t do the job they should be sacked”, said Nigel Bell
“Our Mayor’s response has been weak. She only wrote to the company after I had called on her to act but her letter to Southern was too little too late. They will ignore her calls for reinstatement. The only language the company will understand is the threat of losing the franchise but the Mayor’s response has been limp and weak”, said Nigel Bell.
Labour has launched an on-line petition calling for the services to be brought into public ownership.
12th July 2016
READ NIGEL'S LETTER TO MP
Since Monday 11th July all Southern train services via, Milton Keynes, Watford and Clapham Junction have been cancelled causing misery and chaos for thousands of rail users. Labour is demanding that the services be brought back into public ownership if this private operator cannot provide a service. Labour Group Leader Nigel Bell wrote to the Tory MP and Lib Dem Mayor demanding urgent action by them to stop the service closure. Read his press release and letter (below left). Sign our petition (below right)