Rail minister Claire Perry resigns amid furore over Southern Rail services

Rail minister Claire Perry resigns amid furore over Southern Rail services

The Department of Transport said: "We can confirm that Claire Perry has resigned as Rail Minister".

Speaking yesterday, he gave no explanation for his junior minister's departure.

She threw in the towel after months fending off demands for Govia Thameslink Railway to be stripped of its franchise.

Passengers have held protests as services have been hit by industrial action and high levels of staff sickness, while the company has attempted to ease the problem by cutting 341 trains a day.

"I have been to London Bridge many times and I am often ashamed to be the Rail Minister".

She added: "If I thought it would help by me falling on my sword, I would". "I have thought about it repeatedly. I don't like failure, this feels like a failure".

Passengers have recently been complaining that the franchise's major delays and cancellations have led to punitive outcomes at their places of work, with some people claiming to have lost work due to repeated tardiness as a result of the poor train service.

"Like them, I have suffered travel misery over the past few weeks and this situation simply can't continue - all those involved need to put their heads together to get services back on track". The way it's going there's a lot of distrust.

It has now said that it is able to introduce additional services to the revised timetable.

The leader of Surrey County Council has made a desperate plea for a resolution to the dispute plaguing Southern Rail commuters.

Southern said that the new timetable means that eight out of 10 trains are arriving on time compared to six out of 10 before, and just one train has been cancelled at peak times since the new timetable began compared to 85 the week before.

This is disputed by unions and commuters.

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