Evennett condemns Southeastern’s performance

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, secured a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons yesterday (1 March) about rail services in South East London.

During the debate, he raised his and constituents’ concerns about the poor performance of Southeastern Railway, including their failures on communication and reliability during the period of bad weather at the end of 2010. He also criticised the previous Labour Government for the weak performance targets they agreed with Southeastern. Mr Evennett said:

“I believe that the service has got worse since September. I receive regular e-mails and am regularly contacted by constituents on the matter-sometimes when I am travelling with them on our daily commute up to Westminster.”

He added “Some constituents say that the journey is taking longer and that the problem is affecting their job. Punctuality is a real issue. Despite the poor performance, Southeastern has been trying to avoid paying compensation and reducing the cost of season tickets. Regrettably, that is because of the low targets agreed with the previous Government.”

Mr Evennett raised the excessive fare rises imposed by Southeastern, the problems in getting step-free access at Crayford Station and the future of the franchise. He also said:

“It is disappointing that Southeastern is not more proactive when dealing with the problems faced by constituents, the fare-paying public, so as to help to improve facilities and services.”

You can read the speech in full here: http://is.gd/QJWAEQ