Govia to be invited to account for Great Northern Rail cancellations at Environment Committee

Great Northern Rail (GNR) and Thameslink operator, Govia, will be invited to a future Environment Committee to account for regular train cancellations and delays on both routes following an intervention by Labour councillors at last week's committee meeting (29 Sep).

The Great Northern route from London Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City, calls at a number of railway stations in Barnet - New Southgate, Oakleigh Park and New Barnet - but has recently suffered from regular cancellations – almost on a daily basis.

Thameslink serves Mill Hill Broadway, Hendon and Cricklewood stations in Barnet where there have also been problems.

Labour's Cllr Adam Langleben submitted a member's item to the Environment Committee setting out examples of daily GNR cancellations on three consecutive days at the end of August provided by local resident and commuter, James Dawson, who also addressed the committee meeting.

The details of those cancellations are:

· Friday 26 August, the 08.24 from New Southgate to Highbury & Islington 

· Saturday 27 August, the 18.47 from Finsbury Park to New Southgate 

· Sunday 28 August, the 10.58 from New Southgate to Highbury & Islington

Cllr Adam Langleben said: “I am pleased the Chair of the Committee agreed to invite Govia to come and explain why there are so many regular train cancellations and delays on both the Great Northern Rail and Thameslink routes and what they are going to do about it.

"Local residents should be able to rely on Govia operating the service as advertised, at the moment they can’t.

"I look forward to hearing when Govia will be attending the Committee meeting.”

Ends.

Notes:

1.      Text and details of Cllr Langleben's member's item: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s34784/Members%20Items.pdf

2.      More from Barnet Labour on this:

http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/labour_councillors_call_for_great_northern_rail_operator_to_account_for_deteriorating_service

For more information contact Cllr Adam Langleben: cllr.a.langleben@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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