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

  • My 13 year old daughter dropped her season ticket onto the track at Wimbledon - never to be seen again. It's taken over a month, numerous emails, several phone calls, half a dozen visits to the ticket office - and I STILL haven't got a replacement or a refund for the tickets purchased in the meantime as Southern Rail promise they will do.
  • If I was providing service to my customers I would be fired. For some reason Southern seem to be able to be getting away with it.
  • I am sick and tired of the way us commuters are being treated, not only have they cut a number of trains from service, those that they are running on our line have had the number of carriages reduced by half. I complained to southern rail and was told it is not against H&S to stand on a train. Standing we can cope with but being squashed on a train at half past six in the morning just to get to work is dangerous and disgusting.


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

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