Rail Timetabling

Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Monday 4th June 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling - Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Jun 2018, 5:26 p.m.

The No. 1 priority is to restore a reliable timetable, and I have been clear that GTR has an urgent duty to do so. There is unquestionably a large question mark over its future, but it needs to sort the problem out as quickly as possible to have any chance of surviving in the rail industry.

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Lab/Co-op) Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Jun 2018, 5:27 p.m.

I have been in this House for the best part of a decade and I have never seen such a complacent performance from a Secretary of State at the Dispatch Box. He needs to understand that he is in deep trouble over this. The situation will go on for months and months, and the underlying issues behind the timetable changes and why they have gone wrong land squarely with his Department. Does he agree that his unwillingness to accept any responsibility undermines his efforts to put things right?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling - Parliament Live - Hansard
4 Jun 2018, 5:27 p.m.

This is simply about everyone in the industry and my Department working to ensure that we have a stable timetable for passengers. That is the most important priority right now.