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Govia Thameslink franchise 'not provided value for money'

Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern passengers suffer the worst disruption in the UK, a report says.

Transport secretary 'should be accountable' for rail network delays

Department for Transport strongly criticised by NAO and unions for decisions that led to major disruption to passengersThe government’s management of the UK’s largest rail franchise has been severely criticised by auditors who found that policy decisions have had a negative impact upon millions of passengers.Travellers on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise have suffered the worst disruption on the network since services began in September 2014, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

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  • Transport secretary 'should be accountable' for rail network delaysDepartment for Transport strongly criticised by NAO and unions for decisions that led to major disruption to passengersThe government’s management of the UK’s largest rail franchise has been severely criticised by auditors who found that policy decisions have had a negative impact upon millions of passengers.Travellers on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise have suffered the worst disruption on the network since services began in September 2014, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.
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  • Thameslink Programme not yet value for money A new report says the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise has not yet delivered value for money, partly because the Department for Transport did not take enough care to consider passengers when designing the franchise. However, the franchise has a realistic chance of succeeding in the longer term, according to the National Audit Office.

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