Rail Public Meeting

15th September 2016
Anne Main MP met with Govia Thameslink (GTR) CEO, Charles Horton, in advance of next month’s public meeting in St Albans.
 
Mrs Main hosted an event in parliament in which the train company and Network Rail (NR) were on hand to answer concerns from over a dozen MPs on the level of service, and to discuss GTR’s new timetable consultation across the network.  
 
At the meeting, the St Albans MP raised various constituents’ concerns such as the quality of the trains, and the delays and cancellations that they have experienced.  
 
Anne also took the opportunity to press NR on the timetabling for railfreight.  She said, ‘it mystifies me how we are so far down the line with the railfreight proposals, yet have seen no hard evidence how this will work.’ 
 
Next month (October 13th) Anne is chairing a public Q&A session with GTR and NR in the St Albans council chambers, which she has set up in order for the companies to answer these concerns directly to local commuters.
 
Anne said, ‘I think the open dialogue will be good.  My constituents pay good money to commute so this gives them a real opportunity to explain their own frustrations with the service, and for GTR and NR to explain how they plan to improve.’
 
Date: Thursday 13th October
Time: 1900 - 2015
Venue: St Albans council chambers
 
Panel:
• Anne Main – Chair
• Stuart Cheshire - Director at GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway)
• Gary Walsh – Area Director for Network Rail
 

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