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To: Department for Transport

Strip Southern Rail of the franchise

Strip Southern Rail of the franchise

Strip Southern rail and the parent company Govia Thameslink of their franchise

Why is this important?

Thousands of passengers have had to put up with severe delays and cancelled trains for weeks on end because Southern rail's incompetence. After weeks of misery, they have now axed 341 services a day.

When the government stepped in and took over failing East Coast rail, passenger satisfaction levels were the highest on record and punctuality and reliability improved. Plus, it put £640 million back in to the public purse.

Southern rail and their parent company Govia Thameslink are paid to provide a service - but they're not doing it. It's time they were stripped of the franchise.


Reasons for signing

  • Govia Thameslink does not provide a professional service. They mistreat and often bully passengers, many of whom like me pay more for train tickets than for rent and left very financially squeezed because of this. There is a complete lack of communication with customers and near-constant disruption. Improve the quality of life of thousands of people by stripping this company of its franchise now.
  • It's ridiculous that I have to deal with Southern railway's delays and cancellations almost every day. It's not fair that this company, taking just as much money as any other railway, gives the most awful service. It's been happening for years, and it has to be stopped.
  • I'd say every other day, Southern trains(which I take every day to and from school) have some kind of major delay, meaning I have to wait 30 minutes for the next train. The amount of time I waste simply because of those few minute delays is just so frustrating.


2016-12-12 18:43:09 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2016-07-11 21:56:45 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2016-07-11 18:21:34 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-07-11 14:21:39 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-11 14:12:26 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-07-11 13:23:11 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-07-11 12:34:01 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-07-11 11:35:38 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-07-11 11:21:38 +0100

10 signatures reached