plots rival train company to ease passengers miseryA fed-up
Southern Rail customer has announced plans to set up a riva
l train company in direct competition with the floundering franchise. Steve Williams finally lost patience with the train operator in December, after yet another cancelled service and a complete lack of customer care. So he decided he and his fellow passengers should no longer be held at the mercy of
the shoddy service offered by Southern, which was last month voted Britains worst train firm . Mr Williams, from Littlehampton, told the BBC : The eureka moment happened at the beginning of December. He says he will run his own firm (Image: BBC) Rea
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ame the networks worst for delays, cancellations, compensation and even cleanliness A train had been cancelled, Id just been left and abandoned. Pretty dire by the train compa
ny, absolutely disgusted. I thought well lets see wha
t we can do. Theres got to be room for competition out there. Southern rail trains have come in for plenty of criticism (Image: PA) The would-be rail boss
is taking inspiration from a former British rail manager, Ian Yeowart, founder of the independent Grand Central Trains. G
l is an open ac刘伯温138期六肖必中 cess operator - meaning it is not subject to franchising but instead buys available slots on a specific railway.
The service began operations in 2007, linking London Kings Cross with York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool and Sunderland, via some stations not serviced by rival Virgin Trains. Mr Yeowart now runs Grand Central Trains, with nine services a day to London.