Executive Director of Govia, Toslink left after the failed implementation of last month’s new train timetable.
Charles Horton is recognized as “the passengers were very upset” and said it was “the right time to the management of the GTR [Govia Thameslink] for a new pair of hands.”
Passengers faced chaos since the new timetable was introduced on 20 may. Up to half of the railway trains of the GTR – which operates in the South, Toslink and Northern networks were canceled or seriously delayed in the coming weeks.
Prime Minister Theresa may called the fiasco “totally unacceptable”. Meanwhile, transport Minister Chris Grayling faces calls for his resignation. Mr grayling criticised the railway network that is responsible for most of the rail infrastructure of the country, but said it was “clear that the GTR in the North were not sufficiently prepared for leadership changes to the schedule of this magnitude”.
Despite falling on the sword for the inconvenience to thousands of passengers, Mr. Horton insisted that he was “very proud of my team.”
Some passengers have experienced years of suffering on the networks of the GTR
Anthony Smith, Executive Director of the Train the guard to focus transport, said “most likely, will welcome a new start” and leave Mr. Horton was defined as “the recognition of the problems faced by them.”
David brown, chief Executive officer of the parent GTR the go-ahead, said: “I would like to thank Karl for his hard work with Govia over the past 15 years. Often in difficult conditions, he has built a team to deliver a great program to change the railway for decades, to the franchise, which not only British, but also experienced the highest growth in passenger traffic.
“We are ready to work with the Department of transport and the rail network to address contemporary problems and to create a reliable, punctual service for passengers.”
Mr. Horton will remain in his post for a short period “to monitor the development of the timetable in connection with the recent disruption to services” before leaving.
The FTSE 250 company the go-ahead owns 65pc of the GTR, which is a joint venture with French state support specialist for keolis.
Govia-owned southern railway was hit by an industrial dispute
Chart fiasco was the last in a series of problems facing passengers on the network of the GTR. Mr. Horton clung to his position despite the southern railway network being overshadowed by a prolonged strike on the role of guards on trains.
Cache Mick, General Secretary of rail, Maritime transport (RMT) said that the Union of the resignation of Mr. Horton “opens the door for the GTR… sweeping away.”
He said, “Mr. Horton now maybe not, but the rotten franchise he twisted remains in force and no change in the TOP will change that. All this basket-case surgery is a failure on all levels.”
Emily Ketchin, founder of the group campaign Harpenden passengers Templink said passengers ” caused by Charles Horton and the incompetence and inability of Toslink to implement a new schedule.”
“The so-called schedule, Toslink today works more like a lottery,” MS Ketchin told the press Association.