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GTR ruling shows failure is an option - Cortes

4 December 2018

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has accused the Government of sending the message that "failure is an option" after it decided not to strip Govia Thameslink of its rail franchise.

The Department for Transport (DfT) decided to cap profits at the Go-Ahead group which runs the GTR franchise, in the wake of the timetable chaos during the summer rather than remove the franchise.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said: “This is just a shoddy deal designed to keep the profiteers in profit. Sadly it sends a clear message to long suffering rail users – that failure is an option on our privatised railways no matter how poorly the performance.

“The DfT under Failing Chris Grayling are acting disgracefully. It says it’s holding GTR to account over their failings but is doing no such thing. Instead what we see is a deal with a private company which has let the public down terribly.

“It’s a shocking state of affairs, and GTR agreeing to pay £15 million for ‘passenger enhancements’ under this deal won’t even scratch the surface. The truth is only a nationalised railway will put passengers first.”

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