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Ministers must now act on GTR, says TSSA

5 July 2016

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, called on Ministers to step in and take over the running of the GTR franchise immediately.

"We simply cannot allow this appalling service to continue. GTR has been seen to fail on delivering an efficient and reliable service to passengers on Southern.

"It is high time for Ministers to step in and take the keys back. Passengers deserve an affordable and reliable railway which Southern are clearly not providing."

Speaking on the day that Southern confirmed it was making 341 cuts to daily services, he added:

"GTR is partly French owned so we see passengers here paying the highest fares in Europe to subsidise lower fares for commuters in France. It is a crazy system which should be stopped right away.

"A publicly run railway would put the needs of the passengers first rather than last as Southern are doing at the moment."

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