TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
#21
RE: TSGN/Gatwick Express
Punctuality drops on services. TOC named bottom of list.Punctuality

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#22
RE: TSGN/Gatwick Express
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36306462

Possible strike action on network.
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#23
RE: First Capital Connect/Thameslink/GTR
http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/southern-caug...ss-impact/

http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/govia-now-dec...ess-staff/
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#24
RE: First Capital Connect/Thameslink/GTR
Commuters to stage protest at 'shambolic' Southern Rail
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport...71171.html

This whole situation has gotten extremely embarrassing for the franchisee, and it can't be doing the reputation any good at all. I hope they get back round the table and resolve the dispute once and for all, and they may be someway closer to resolving the underlying issues.

They certainly aren't doing it by alienating their staff.
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#25
RE: TSGN/Gatwick Express
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-36601301

Aslef drops legal action and accepts 12-car Gatwick trains

#26
RE: First Capital Connect/Thameslink/GTR
(14 Jun 2016, 6:32 pm)Adrian Wrote: Commuters to stage protest at 'shambolic' Southern Rail
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport...71171.html

This whole situation has gotten extremely embarrassing for the franchisee, and it can't be doing the reputation any good at all. I hope they get back round the table and resolve the dispute once and for all, and they may be someway closer to resolving the underlying issues.

They certainly aren't doing it by alienating their staff.

Almost a month later...
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#27
RE: TSGN/Gatwick Express
Southern Rail: Developers create train cancellation game Big Grin
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36825721
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#28
RE: TSGN/Gatwick Express
(18 Jul 2016, 6:08 pm)Adrian Wrote: Southern Rail: Developers create train cancellation game Big Grin
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36825721

Just played it, I delayed and cancelled many trains Big Grin

#29
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36987040

Longest strike in decades begins.
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#30
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
£20m of public funds set aside to support the GTR network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37245163

*shakes head and is left rendered speechless*

Edit: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...20051.html The Independent have taken a slightly impartial view on the matter.
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#31
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
(01 Sep 2016, 1:12 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: £20m of public funds set aside to support the GTR network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37245163

*shakes head and is left rendered speechless*

Edit: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...20051.html The Independent have taken a slightly impartial view on the matter.

A day after it was revealed a £20m bailout from the Government.
This is announced - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37253789

http://www.go-ahead.com/en/investors/ful...entre.html

Huge profits across the Go-ahead Group (which owns 65% of the Govia train division).
£57m declared profit in rail division.
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#32
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
(02 Sep 2016, 9:53 am)Andreos1 Wrote: A day after it was revealed a £20m bailout from the Government.
This is announced - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37253789

http://www.go-ahead.com/en/investors/ful...entre.html

Huge profits across the Go-ahead Group (which owns 65% of the Govia train division).
£57m declared profit in rail division.

But only £57m on revenue of over £2billion, so not that much really, was it only 2.6%?

#33
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
(02 Sep 2016, 6:49 pm)citaro5284 Wrote: But only £57m on revenue of over £2billion, so not that much really, was it only 2.6%?

Obviously not enough to afford £20m of improvements on the Southern network.
800k towards new staff and they cant cover that out of £57m...
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#34
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37560173

After Twitter furore, another 'huge PR gaffe' by Southern.
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#35
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37650531

Report published by Transport Select Committee, with ministers urged to "get a grip'  on the monitoring of rail franchise agreements.
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#36
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
Has anyone seen Chris Grayling's latest suggestion?
Banning strikes on the railway.

Even is own MP colleagues are looking for him to be sacked from the role
http://www.gregfoxsmith.co.uk/?p=1158
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#37
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
(13 Dec 2016, 6:33 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: Has anyone seen Chris Grayling's latest suggestion?
Banning strikes on the railway.

Even is own MP colleagues are looking for him to be sacked from the role
http://www.gregfoxsmith.co.uk/?p=1158

On what grounds? You can't just outlaw strike action because it causes disruption. It's met the criteria for the worst anti-TU laws in Europe, yet still not good enough for the Government.

To be honest, I don't think it'd stop the Southern drivers anyway. It'd just mean more wildcat strikes. POA members walked out a few weeks ago, and they're banned from striking.
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#38
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
(13 Dec 2016, 7:12 pm)Adrian Wrote: On what grounds? You can't just outlaw strike action because it causes disruption. It's met the criteria for the worst anti-TU laws in Europe, yet still not good enough for the Government.

To be honest, I don't think it'd stop the Southern drivers anyway. It'd just mean more wildcat strikes. POA members walked out a few weeks ago, and they're banned from striking.
I have no idea.
There's various quotes kicking around, none of which do him any favours.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...71341.html

https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...e-nonsense

Quite how he would manage to implement it amongst employees of privately owned companies, is anyone's guess. If they were employed by the state, then thats obviously a different kettle of fish. But we all know that wont happen under a tory watch.

The man is a buffoon, his previous record and his letter to Johnson about TfL sums up his attitude.
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#39
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
As strike continues, an interesting perspective on media and Government spin - http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/01/won...Mo.twitter
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#40
RE: TSGN Franchise: Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (incl. Gatwick Express)
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017...?CMP=fb_gu

He's got a bagel on his head!
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