It’s fair to say that in the last few months we’ve endured the biggest rail crisis in a generation.
Over the last two years, Southern’s shambolic service (ranked the worst in the UK) and the recent strikes have cost local residents unnecessary stress, time, money and sometimes even their jobs.
Whilst I welcome the recent announcement that Aslef and Southern have reached an agreement, the RMT and Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are still in a deadlock to settle the long-standing dispute over the role of conductors on Southern trains.
You will recall that last Summer I organised a public meeting, attended by over 100 residents, with a Southern Rail representative and a local ward Councillor to give you the opportunity to hear directly from them, ask questions and make your voice heard.
I want to give you the chance to do the same with the RMT. That’s why I will be hosting a public meeting with a representative from the RMT. I will also be joined by Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council.
Date: Thursday 16th February
Venue: Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Rd, Carshalton, SM5 3DH
Please do attend for your chance to put the RMT on the spot personally. Feel free to bring along other people who have been affected.
If you’re unable to come to the meeting, please email me with any questions you would like to ask RMT and I will do my best to get as many answered as possible.
Hope to see you there.
Tom Brake MP
PS. You can see a short summary of my recent work on transport issues here.