MP proposes work-from-home day for rail commuters

Reigate MP Crispin Blunt has asked rail commuters to volunteer to work from home on 1 June 2015, as part of a bid for compensation for the reduction in service until 2018.

A quote on the Conservative MP’s website states: “I propose that we set Monday 1 June as a day for direct, but legal, action; a day when we communicate loud and clear that our patience has run out. I will ask rail users who travel to London to work to volunteer to stay at home on 1st June”.

The MP has offered to write to employers of anyone interested in participating explaining the protest and the employee’s desire to work from home. He has also said he will invite other parliamentary candidates to do the same.

In turn, employers will be asked to write to the Transport Secretary, Govia, Network Rail and the Mayor of London in support of the extension of Oyster Zone 6 to local stations.

Picture by Joshua Brown of train at London Bridge
Photo by Joshua Brown / licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The MP has been seeking compensation for the reduced rail service that will be in place until 2018, when London Bridge work is due to complete. He has taken up the case directly with the Transport Secretary, and earlier this month suggested the extension of Oyster Zone 6 to local stations, as a way forward.

Mr Blunt set out his work-from-home proposal to the Reigate, Redhill & District Rail Users Association (RRDRUA) AGM on 12 March 2015.

RRDRUA also has a petition asking for the extension of Zone 6, which now has over 1,300 signatures.

Related Internet Links

Crispin Blunt MP webpage on action day

RRDRUA petition webpage

RRDRUA Facebook page and website

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