Southern Railway

Southern Railway services have been unacceptable for well over a year. I continue to work as part of a group of cross-party MPs to hold the Government, the rail operator (Govia Thameslink Railway), and the unions (ASLEF and the RMT) to account.
In September 2015 I secured a debate in the House of Commons on the underperformance of GTR, who operate Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services. Among the issues raised were the importance of enhanced compensation measures, and while the Government has since brought such changes in, I am aware that this is a short-term remedy.
In recent months, the RMT and ASLEF unions have increased their strike action on Southern services, affecting not only commuters getting to work, but the family lives of thousands.
In addition to meeting with the Prime Minister, I continue to also make representations on behalf of Crawley passengers to the Transport Secretary and Rail Minister. While ASLEF have already accepted the introduction of driver operated doors on the Brighton main line, they are simply objecting to its introduction on the key routes that feed into it – more than 60 per cent of trains elsewhere on the GTR network are currently operated in this way and a majority of trains across the UK and developed world use thus system which has independently deemed to be extremely safe.
Below is a list of articles and press releases I have sent out on this matter. Please be assured of my ongoing action and representation.


Review of 2016

Henry Smith MP column, Crawley Observer, 28 December 2016.

Reviewing 2016

Henry Smith MP column, RH Uncovered Magazine, December 2016.

Crawley MP condemns further rail strike action

Henry Smith MP has spoken in the House of Commons to condemn further strike action planned by the RMT and ASLEF unions affecting Southern and Thameslink passengers, and has called for a parliamentary debate on this issue.