Operators of the troubled railway line Toslink can be deprived of their franchise needs a revised emergency timetable will not be able to stop the cancellation, according to a government source.
Templink the Govia railway, which was supported by the Department of transportation for the years of severe turmoil in the South through staff shortages and shocks can be sent in the week after the chaos caused by the change of timetable in may.
The GTR will present redraw the chart from 15 July to correct a violation that does not yet show much sign of abating, with about 20000 trains canceled or seriously delayed in the last six weeks.
A government source told the Guardian that if the service continued to be chaotic, it will be the last straw for the GTR. “If that happens, it will be the last straw for them. That should be enough.”
However, a permanent control by Whitehall officials must also show the GTR broke his contract for action. Overview of DPF cannot be concluded, as Parliament goes on break, which may defer a decision.
Preparation for any operator of last resort to intervene, both on the East coast after the stage of default on the franchise, will also mean a transition for several months.
The transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, Minister of railway, Joe Johnson, last week’s separate meetings with the leaders of the GTR and the deputies to discuss the problems. Although the reliability on the Northern trains has improved since the decision to abolish the 6% of services in advance at the beginning of June, Toslink trains remained chaotic.
Advanced compensation scheme will be published on Toslink passengers, harmonized GTR weeks ago, although the item was saved in the framework of DFT. Last week, the government said affected passengers around North Lancashire, Cumbria and greater Manchester will receive a free monthly pass for the breakdown no. A similar deal is expected for parts of the GTR franchise, although Southern services in the framework of the franchise was relatively working well since may.
Representative DFT said: “the GTR passengers face unacceptable level of service and the Minister of transport and Minister of Railways, it was clear it is their priority that’s right as soon as possible to passengers and compensation for the violation.
“We will investigate whether the GTR breached their contracts, and we will not hesitate to take tough action against them if they are found negligent.”
The unions have dismissed government threats to finally axe the GTR and suggested that grayling should examine their own position. Mick Whelan, General Secretary aslef, the trade Union of train drivers, said: “the GTR is not the first time – much summed up the passengers and staff with the inept introduction of a new timetable on 20 may. But DPF, was at fault in creating the GTR a super-franchise in the first place. They work hand in hand and are both to blame.”
Said labour GTR should be forever deprived of his franchise and network renationalisation. Shadow transport Minister Andy MacDonald said: “passengers should not have to suffer in the years of delayed, cancelled and overcrowded services because of Tory failure and failure of the gas from incompetent train with their franchises, services and be brought permanently back into public ownership, and not just as a temporary measure.”
The General Secretary of the rmt, Mick cash, said. “Saying these baskets are dealing with the fact that they were drinking in the last chance solution is empty rhetoric … Chris Grayling personally propped up the UK rail franchise, and RMT members have been deployed to the sharp end as human shields to bear the brunt of people’s anger, threats and violence.”
Although grayling has publicly singled out for criticism the GTR and chief Executive officer Charles Horton already resigned, the firm believes the blame should be more widely disseminated around the rail industry and DFT. Factors such as the delay of electrification in the North-West, which threw the schedule of the North in confusion, and delay in supply trains in Scotland affected services that interact with Toslink in the main areas in London.
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An independent investigation into the fiasco schedule, manages rail and road transport, expected to report in September.
Press Secretary of the GTR said “We apologize for the violation, which the rail industry is working very hard to fix. We redesign, how we use our trains and crews are to enter a new temporary schedule for Toslink and the great Northern, which will operate from July 15. Priority is given to rush-hour services and closing the gap in service. This is a key milestone in our work to provide more reliable passenger service in the coming months.”