Watchdog concern at lack of rail services on 23/01/2009
London TravelWatch has expressed concern at the failure to run the promised service from East Croydon and Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via the West London Line, despite successful work over the Christmas period to install the necessary track and signalling.
The service was due to start on Monday 26 January, but with only a few days to spare, it became apparent that the service has now been deferred at the request of Network Rail.
Sharon Grant, Chair, London TravelWatch said: “The service is now expected to commence on 9 February, but Network Rail has told us that this date is not guaranteed, and could slip to 16 February or even later.”
London TravelWatch is equally concerned about trains cancelled on the Euston service affecting Harrow and Wealdstone, Bushey, King’s Langley and Apsley, where the midday off-peak service has been halved, also at the request of Network Rail.
Sharon Grant continued: “We believe that Network Rail is placing its own reputation ahead of the interests of passengers, who have been expecting the full services to start on Monday 26 January. It is essential that the 9 February date is met, or London TravelWatch will take it up with the rail regulator.”
For any press enquiries please contact Jo deBank in the London TravelWatch press office on 020 7726 9953.
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23 January 2009