Southern Reinstates More Trains
13 September 2016, 11:43
Southern Rail is to reinstate more of the daily trains it cancelled earlier in the year.
The services were dropped as part of an emergency timetable following months of delays and disruption caused by staff shortages and strike action in a row over the role of conductors.
A full timetable will be restored from Tonbridge and Reigate to Redhill and London Victoria/London Bridge from Monday. Inner London and West London line services were reinstated last week and more services will be added in the coming weeks.
Alex Foulds, Southern's Passenger Services Director, said: "I want to apologise again to our passengers who have suffered ever since the RMT began their unnecessary action against our plans to improve customer service on board our trains.
"The temporary revised weekday timetable has been delivering a more consistent, reliable service. Now, as promised, we are steadily reintroducing trains and will continue to do so until the entire timetable is back in place.''
A temporary timetable with a reduced service was introduced in July following a spate of strikes in a long running row over the role of conductors, and "unprecedented'' levels of train crew sickness.
Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said: "These are pitiful changes to the Southern timetable and the fact that passengers are still paying through the nose for a vastly reduced service is solely due to the gross managerial incompetence and profiteering of this basket-case rail operator.
"Yet again Southern are blaming their staff for their own systemic failures while the parent company is sitting on profits of #100 million.
"The fact that they are still unable to run the service the taxpayer is paying for, and the fact that the Government are letting them get away with it is a national disgrace.''