Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has called for Transport Secretary, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to resign following the Office of Road and Rail’s report which condemns the handling of the timetable changes this May, blaming a lack of “responsibility and accountability” and saying passengers were “badly treated”.
The report states that “no-one took charge“ during the chaos, which effected thousands of Cambridge residents and commuters.
Mr Zeichner says: “I have been trying to find out for some time who is really accountable for the rail mess over the summer, and have repeatedly pushed Ministers on this point. Now the regulator, the Office of Road and Rail, have come to the same conclusion – that no one took charge and showed leadership at a crucial time. If Grayling says he’s not in control of the railways, he should step down and make way for someone who can handle the job.“
“As a member of the Transport Select Committee I have sat through hours of evidence sessions on this issue; it’s clear that the system is not working, and the fractured railways (split between private train operating companies, Network Rail, rolling stock companies and more) must be brought back together in the national interest.“