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Council leader meets transport minister over ‘unlawful’ timetable changes

 Published on: 27th June 2018   |   By: Ryan Gray   |   Category: Uncategorized

The leader of St Albans City and District Council has met with Transport Minister Jo Johnson MP over the Thameslink timetable disruption that has caused chaos on the Thameslink line. 

The council believes that the lack of consultation over the timetable changes was not a lawful move.

On Thursday, June 21, planning portfolio holder Mary Maynard, who also attended the meeting, updated the cabinet meeting about the conversation with Mr Johnson.

She said: “We both explained the impact this was having on commuters.

“There was no certainty or ability to plan journey times. 

“We evidenced this on Wednesday, June 20 when there was a 35 minute gap at the key point of 8.15am, when there was a drop in services. 

“I think this morning’s evidence is on BBC News, you will see there was a signal failure at Luton and the entire service collapsed.

“There were queues five or six deep at Harpenden station and they closed the station to more people, who were queueing in the car park. Apparently this lasted some considerable time.”

SADC is particularly concerned about services at Harpenden, where the number of services has been cut by more than 30 per cent.

Cllr Maynard said: “It has been particularly frustrating for Harpenden commuters because they are standing crowded on platforms, watching half empty trains running through because they are not allowed to stop at Harpenden anymore.”

According to Cllr Maynard, Jo Johnson MP has promised to have another look at the timetables once the new timetables have settled and said a new timetable is to be introduced in the middle of July.

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