In view of the serious hardships being imposed on the local rail travelling public as a result of the bodged implementation of GTRs new timetable, many constituents have, understandably, contacted me to ask what I have been doing about it. This blog is intended to provide information about meetings I have had this week with the Secretary of State (SoS) for Transport and senior personnel from Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) on this issue.
The economic prosperity of my constituency is largely dependent on its transport links, especially its rail service. About as many people commute out of Reigate and Redhill by train, mainly to London destinations, as commute in to work in local businesses. Many choose to live in the area because it is an ideal commuter location. This affects both the value of local property and the health of the local economy.
Crispin Blunt has today called on the Department for Transport to urgently provide resources and emergency support to Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Network Rail in order to address the serious operational problems that have resulted in the introduction of GTRs new timetable, affecting hundreds of thousands of commuters and rail users.
Crispin Blunt MP and Lord Richard Rogers, co-Chairs of the APPG for London’s Green Belt, have today responded to the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework consultation by endorsing a detailed response by the London Green Belt Council and co-signing a covering letter highlighting the need for more Green Belt protection in the planning process.
On Thursday 26th April Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, met with Baroness Sugg CBE, the Transport Minister with responsibility for aviation, to discuss Gatwick Airport departure Route 4 which overflies his constituency.
It has once again been quite a year and, as ever, I am hugely impressed by the way that RRDRUA has taken on a range of key issues on behalf of local rail users and pressed relentlessly for improvements.