On 9 November Norbury resident Paul Cowling had an article about his frustrations as a user of the Southern Railway train service published on Croydon Citizen (http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydon-commuters-tale).
He is not convinced that things will change if Southern’s franchise is taken away from it.
This idea is supported by Croydon South Conservative MP Chris Philp who said back in May: “This franchise is too big and unmanageable, and is being very badly run at present. I am therefore calling for the franchise to be removed from GTR immediately and broken up into smaller franchises.” GTR (Govia) is Southern’s owner company. For further details of his views see his web site at
Suburban commuter lines are due to be transferred to Transport for London by 2021. In relation to Southern London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said it will be his “top priority” to speed it up.
In October Croydon Council Cabinet member Stuart King, who is responsible for traffic and environment, launched a petition to have Southern’s franchise taken away from it and transferred to Transport for London.
You can see the arguments in favour at
and if you agree you can sign the petition on it.
Southern’s insistence on wanting to make drivers responsible for closing the doors has now aggravated two railwaymen’s trade unions: RMT and ASLEF. They argue that this change in responsibilities is bad for passenger safety. RMT says:
‘Currently, both the driver and the guard protect the safety of the train. Guards must be fully trained in operational safety and route knowledge, including being able to secure the doors safely, protecting the train and acting in emergencies such as derailments or fires.
Independent inquiries after train crashes and fatalities have consistently said that we need on-board staff trained in protection and evacuation procedure.
If there is an accident, antisocial behaviour, or even a terrorist attack, the guard can call for assistance and inform and reassure passengers.’
Further details of the RMT case can be seen at: