The operator of Northern trains requested in January to postpone the introduction of train schedules that caused chaos on its network, but was refused on the railway network and other operators, he got out.
However, executives from North and Govia Toslink railway (GTR) told MPs that the extent of the problem became clear only in the last three days before the schedule change, when the list of drivers was derived.
Rail bosses were questioned by the Commons transport select Committee, the President, Lilian Greenwood, presented the accounts of the passengers five weeks of widespread cancellations, disruptions and delays – including a few people who have lost income and work, and parents who have not seen their children because of the unpredictable and long journeys.
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David brown, managing Director of Arriva rail North, which runs North, said that his company was on course to deliver his schedule enough trained drivers to 5 January, when the network of Railways stated that he had not finished the electrification of a key route. “This meant that we had to reschedule it in 16 weeks, not 40 weeks. We did request that this schedule will be to roll, but it was rejected”.
He said that “a significant number of other players” rejected the request for delay, which was adopted in the North of England Council program, including the rail network and transport Department officials.
Further technical delays in April left more than 450 drivers, requiring additional training, according to brown that caused more cancellations.
The Committee was informed of the decision “ultimately adopted by the Ministers” in October 2017 gradually changes meant the original timetable has been rewritten, leaving the GTR final schedule three weeks in advance and not 12, according to Charles Horton, Executive Director of GTR. Horton, who announced his resignation on Friday, said: “It was a systemic failure, which had devastating consequences that you have outlined for our customers.”
He added: “I am terribly sad and terribly sorry that it ended the way it is”.
Horton said they tried to mitigate the problem, but it was only last week that they became aware of the lack of trained drivers. Nick brown, chief operating officer of GTR, said that “the disparity between the amount and places that got us in the last couple of days.”
However, he said that on may 4 GTR it was emphasized that the transition was “high risk” on the Board of the preparedness industry.
To date, has been terminated or work with a significant delay, since the new chart was installed about 13,000 GTR 8000 trains Northern services.
Labour on Tuesday in Parliament will insist on a vote of no confidence in Chris Grayling, Minister of transport, to regulate the schedule chaos and franchising in the Railways.