Following the announcement last week by the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps that South Western Rail's franchise is 'not sustainable in the long term' Ruth Cadbury MP has called on the Department of Transport to take operation of the rail franchise.
Ruth also joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on South Western Rail to enable further scrutiny of South Western Rail and the wider rail network in Parliament.
Speaking afterwards Ruth said,
''South Western Rail have failed passengers for too long. This latest announcement is no surprise for those people who've had to rely on this service.
In the last week alone local people who regularly use South Western Rail have told me that the endless number of delays, cancelations and overcrowded trains have caused serious problems for them.
I know that local residents want this to change.
That's why the Government need to step in and use its powers to take the rail line back into public ownership. We've seen the success that that nationally ran lines such as East Coast Mainline have had in the past and we've seen failure after failure with private rail companies.
The Government need to put passengers first.''