Rail action day as compensation campaign continues


An action day is taking place today, 1 June 2015, to protest at disruption and to seek compensation for the reduced level of rail service in place until London Bridge works are completed in 2018.

Reigate MP Crispin Blunt previously asked those wishing to take part to arrange with their employers to work from home during the day, and for employers to write to the Transport Secretary and rail companies.  The template letter is also available for those who simply wish their employer to write.

The action day takes place as a campaign continues to extend Oyster Zone 6 to local stations, as a means of compensating rail users for the reduced service. An online petition for the zone extension, set up by the Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users Association, now has over 1,800 signatures.

Prior to the election, Mr Blunt raised the compensation issue with ministers, and published the correspondence.  He will be seeking another meeting with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, to whom the petition is addressed.

Separate from the Zone 6 campaign, Oyster Pay As You Go is due to arrive in local stations in September this year.  Reigate is not included in the scheme, unlike stations such as Redhill that are on the mainline, and the MP is also seeking to address this.  He has a meeting with TfL in early June.

In other news, rail minister Ms Perry has outlined in a letter how she intends to look at the delays and disruption that have accompanied the Thameslink upgrade work.  This follows a meeting Mr Blunt and other MPs had with her on Tuesday 26 May.  As the meeting covered more than the local area, it did not touch on the Zone 6 campaign.   Key points from Ms Perry’s letter include:

  • the minister has asked for an action plan from Network Rail, and that the train operators also develop their recovery plans;
  • a weekly meeting with rail companies will be chaired by the minister;
  • Transport Focus (the passenger watchdog) will be asked to prioritise the affected lines in their assessment of passenger experiences;
  • consideration will be given as to how to improve and target compensation – an example is given, in another part of the country, of automatic refunds to season ticket holders through smart ticketing
claire perry letter
Claire Perry letter – click to enlarge

Related Internet Links

Crispin Blunt MP webpage on action day (includes template letter)

Zone 6 petition page

Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users Association – Facebook, website


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