Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR) have today launched a £15m benefit fund with the aim of providing tangible improvements for passengers on the GTR network; following the disruption caused by the May 2018 timetable disruptions.
Passengers will be able to contribute ideas for improvements to their station - this could range from waiting shelters or additional lighting, to new information screens. MP's, Rail User Groups, passenger representatives and GTR's Passenger Panel will determine what improvements the programme will fund.
Commenting on the announcement, North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said: “This fund will be split between all stations affected by last year’s timetable debacle and I hope will help to provide some benefits to my constituents. Biggleswade and Arlesey were two of the worst affected stations, and I am reassured to see GTR promise that the worst-affected will receiving the largest share of this fund.
“I am very keen to hear from rail users what changes would most benefit them. Of course, £15m will not go far amongst all the stations affected, but if there are small changes which constituents feel would benefit them or other passengers, I am keen for them to let me know. Constituents can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their suggestions.”