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Southern Rail Passengers to March on DfT

8 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport and the Association of British Commuters want passengers to join them in marching to protest against the failing Southern Rail service and deliver a giant letter to rail minister.

Passengers are asked to meet at London Victoria on Wednesday 10 August at 5.30pm to march to the Department of Transport.

The march will be headed by a giant six foot letter, signed by Southern passengers, which will be presented to Paul Maynard, the new rail minister, with three asks: listen to passengers, freeze fares and pay compensation.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We are forced into this action as Southern Rail passengers are fed up with suffering such a poor service. The ongoing problems with Southern Rail need to be urgently addressed and it is time for the Department for Transport to take urgent action to restore public confidence in the franchise.

“The DfT must ensure passengers receive greatly improved services and appropriate compensation, to enforce franchise commitments, and to agree mechanisms so performance levels do not fall to such levels again."

Summer Dean from the Association of British Commuters said:

“We are sick and tired of this constant blame passing between Southern Rail and the Government and are fed up to the back teeth of the constant delays, cancellations and poor excuses.

“We are calling on all angry Southern passengers to have their voice heard by signing our giant letter and to join us in marching in protest against this miserable situation.

“The Government must be told that it's not acceptable to continue charging passengers high fares for unreliable, late and packed trains.”

People can register their interest in joining the march by emailing Lianna.etkind@bettertransport.org.uk or by simply turning up at Victoria Station on Wednesday 10 August at 5:30pm and look out for the banners

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