The commuter-led organisation The Association of British Commuters, who raised £25,000 to fund a legal challenge, have revealled their basis for taking the Department of Transport to judicial review for failings in relation to Southern Rail.
The organisation, which Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell has helped campaign, want the Government to disclose the contract held with Govia Thameslink Railway, who run Southern Rail, so they can be held to account for their failings in providing adequate service.
Kelly-Marie Blundell welcomed the next step, saying;
“For residents in Lewes, the continued poor service is unacceptable. We have seen 80% of trains in the area cut due to Southern Rail failings. While Govia Thameslink are quick to blame Unions, delays and timetable changes persist even when there are not strikes. Quite simply, the Conservative government should have taken action long ago and removed the contract from them.
“That commuters have to take the government to judicial review to get answers is frankly appalling, but I applaud and support the action taken by Association of British Commuters and will assist in any way I can."