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Judicial review into DfT handing of Southerm

5 September 2016

Responding to news that the Association of British Passengers are to seek a judicial review of The Dept for Transport's handling of the Southern Rail franchise, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

"We wish the Association of British Commuters the very best of luck with their quest to get this judicial review. Every single one of Southern's passengers know the Department for Transport have serious questions to answer about their handling of the Southern Rail franchise.

"The government owns Southern but has out-sourced the contract to Go-Ahead a company who last week announced they'd met their strategic and financial targets for the year by making £100 million in profit.

"So we now know making money out of passengers rather than making trains run safely or on time is the plan. This cannot continue.

"I am gravely concerned about this Tory government's brutal plans for the future of our rail industry and what is going on at Southern looks like the blue print.

"They are turning the industry into gravy trains for privateers whilst providing unsafe, overcrowded, under-staffed, cattle-truck style trains for passengers who are having to pay through the nose for the increasing discomfort.

"It's not just no way to run a rail industry, it's no way to run an economy that depends on people getting to their jobs. Prising open the doors of the murky world of DfT franchising decisions should expose this scandal as the great train robbery of our time."  

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