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Commuters plan legal challenge against Government handling of Southern

A recently formed rail passenger group is to fund a legal review of the Government’s handling of Southern Railway.

A recently formed rail passenger group is to fund a legal review of the Government’s handling of Southern Railway.

The Association of British Commuters said it planned to hold the Government to account, with a Judicial Review into the action taken by the Department for Transport. The group said it would compile evidence of people losing their jobs because of cancelled trains, and documenting disruption to family life.

ABC spokesman Summer Dean announced a crowdfunding initiative to raise money to engage lawyers. She said the target was £25,000 by the end of September, and claimed to have reached pledges worth £10,000 after just a few days.

The Association of British Commuters has been helped by the Campaign for Better Transport, and operates the #southernfail Twitter feed.

  • For more on the Southern situation, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 01:15

    Well TfL & Mayor of London wants to take over some of Southern's suburban routes such as services between London Bridge/London Victoria-Tattenham Corner, Caterham, South Croydon, East Croydon and other suburban services in South London that TfL would take over and to provide a much better service for commuters who commute from South London into Central London.

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  • Jon Porter - 23/09/2016 01:25

    I've heard it all now. During a BBC interview the Rail Delivery Group spokesperson claimed that at an unstaffed station a driver only train would cope with wheelchair users by the driver leaving the cab and operating the ramp. Really? Given all the systems a driver would have to isolate on a modern train to leave the cab, TOCs would be looking at 7 to 8 minutes minimum, not including the deployment and replacement of the ramp. The RDG obviously needs an injection of realism before making any more such ridiculous statements!

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