Thursday 24 May 2018 / 11:45 AM Andy McDonald / Transport

Andy McDonald responds to remarks by Chris Grayling blaming Network Rail for timetabling chaos

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to remarks by Chris Grayling blaming infrastructure operator Network Rail for the timetabling debacle across the UK rail network this week, said:

“The Secretary of State for Transport is wrong to blame public rail infrastructure operator Network Rail for this week’s timetabling chaos.

“Train companies like Northern and Govia Thameslink Railway have had years to prepare for these changes. The companies have failed to manage, recruit and train enough staff to deliver these services.

“Once again Chris Grayling is letting train companies off the hook while rail passengers pay the price.”