Posted: Thursday 24th January 2019
Hertfordshire County Council unanimously expressed its dissatisfaction with the rail industry in delivering the Thameslink programme at Full Council on Tuesday 22May and passed a resolution to continue to engage with the rail industry, Department for Transport and local MPs to ensure the interests of Hertfordshire residents remain paramount.
Leader of Hertfordshire County Council David Williams commented further: “I would like to reassure residents and MPs that I have written to Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway and the Minister for the Department of Transport to explain that we do not believe the introduction of this programme has been to the benefit of Hertfordshire rail travellers and the disruption this week on what was supposed to be a ‘soft’ introduction (and mindful we have had ad hoc cancellations going back years) is yet more frustration for regular travellers. I am particularly concerned that there may be further delays to the essential remedial measures, such as the Stevenage fifth platform, and have been seeking reassurances that all the necessary works will be introduced as soon as reasonably possible. An effective transport network is key to the challenges our growing county faces and I look forward to hearing back from the train companies and the DFT with information on how they intend to address these issues. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you all in due course.”