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Govia Thameslink franchise row as Southern strike looms

Government ministers have been accused of letting a rail operator "off the hook" as another strike looms on Southern trains in a row over guards' roles.

Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood said ministers had ruled out cancelling a failing franchise and forfeited the chance to improve it.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said Govia Thameslink Railway was not being let off the hook and the franchise agreement contained clear penalties for repeated poor performance.

  • 20 Jun 2016
  • From the section England