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Letter from the Transport Secretary on Compensation

Further to his letter of 2 July, co-signed by 14 Conservative MPs, to the Transport Secretary calling for a "significant rebate" for passengers who had suffered "appalling disruption" in the wake of the new timetable introduction, Nick received a response from the Secretary of State giving further information on the special compensation scheme for Thameslink passengers.  The Transport Secretary also set out what measures are being taken to restore service reliability and to ensure that this is not repeated in the future.

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Meeting with the new Chief Executive of GTR/Southern

Nick met with the new Chief Executive of GTR/Southern, Patrick Verwer, to discuss the local rail service, the present disruption and the roll-out of the interim timetable.  At the meeting in the House of Commons, which was also attended by John Halsall, South East Route Managing Director at Network Rail, Nick restated his call for the restoration of peak direct Hassocks to Clapham Junction services.

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Raising rail compensation in the Commons

Nick spoke in the Commons Urgent Question on Govia Thameslink to raise the ongoing disruption and to call for a compensation package, to be funded by GTR.  In response the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, recognised that local passengers, including those who use Hassocks station, have endured an unacceptable level of service, and will receive compensation comparable to that given to Southern passengers in December 2016.

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Calling for a 'significant rebate' for passengers

Nick wrote to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, calling for a "significant rebate" for Thameslink  and other rail passengers who have suffered "appaling disruption" following the "chaotic" introduction of the new rail timetable.  The letter was co-signed by 14 other Conservative MPs whose constituencies are served by Thameslink.

Nick also wrote an article for Conservative Home calling for accountability for the "shambles" of the timetable introduction, and restated his call for significant compensation for passengers.  You can read his news release on this here

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Letter to the Rail Minister

Nick wrote to the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson MP, to follow on from his recent Westminster Hall debate.  He again highlighted the impact on his constituents of the continuing disruption and asked if the Minister would raise the issue of direct Hassocks-Clapham Junction services with GTR.

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Letter received from GTR Chief Operating Officer

Nick received an update from Nick Brown, COO of GTR, on the implementation of the new timetable and on GTR's upcoming change in management, with current CEO Charles Horton stepping down to be replaced by Patrick Verwer.

In the letter Mr Brown acknowledged that "The service has simply not been good enough for you and your constituents, and for that we are truly sorry".  He went on to explain the plans to rectify the disruption arising from the new timetable changes - You can read GTR's letter in full here.

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Raising constituents' concerns over local rail service

Nick had a meeting in Parliament with John Halsall, South East Route Managing Director at Network Rail, and Nick Brown, GTR's Chief Operating Officer, to raise his constituents' concerns over the local rail service.  He raised a range of issues, including the ongoing disruption and specific issues arising from the new timetable changes.  Nick asked GTR to review the recent timetable changes, particularly those affecting Hassocks station, and he wrote directly to Nick Brown to raise constituents' specific concerns.

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