Source: chichester.co.uk

“It’s not a surprise,” said the co-founder of a campaigning commuter group to the news that Govia Thameslink (GTR) may be stripped of the Southern franchise. Emily Yates, from the Brighton-based Association of British Commuters, was responding to an article in rail publication Rail Business Intelligence (RBI) that civil servants at the Department for Transport are drawing up ‘options’ for the beleaguered franchise. These options are said to include a ‘managed exit’ where the government would take direct control of the entire Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise run by GTR, until a new contract could be let.

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