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MPs discuss compensation as Southern dispute continues

Rail Minister Paul Maynard has denied that plans to increase compensation to Southern Railway commuters are “on the backburner”.

Maynard used his first House of Commons debate since his appointment to urge the RMT union to end its dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway.

He told MPs he was “considering more generous compensation for passengers on this route”, adding: “I want to ensure we focus on restoring normality to the timetable. That has to be the most important task at hand.”

No Labour MPs attended the debate. Green Party co-chairman Caroline Lucas was the only person on the opposition benches, and most Conservatives taking part represented constituencies served by Southern.

  • To read quotes from the debate, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
  • To read the latest on the Southern situation, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 01:07

    Southern Railway needs to get their act together or they could lose the franchise or could even go into liquidation if they dont co-operate.

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    • dan - 22/09/2016 07:52

      They will never lose their franchise due to the unique management contract the company has with the DfT and the fact that the company is the face of introducing radical changes to the network as instructed by the DfT to bring it line with their thameslink operation. As fr liquidation, their holding company G0-Ahead made 99Million Sterling in profit, so very little chance of that. We are stuck with them and their intolerable outrageous 'service'. Yet again another article demonstrating poor journalism by Rail Magazine with any lack of depth or coverage on this matter.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/09/2016 08:20

        Properly you are right. I agree.

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