Daisy Cooper, St Albans Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate, welcomed the Transport Select Committee’s report on the chaos that followed the botched introduction of new timetables in May this year. Daisy Cooper said:
"I'm delighted that this inquiry vindicates the concerns of St Albans commuters and directly refers to the evidence of our St Albans Commuter and Passenger action group seven times, including about the anxiety and additional strain put on peoples’ mental health and the difficulties faced by those with a range of disabilities and mobility issues.
"The report concludes clearly that Chris Grayling held huge responsibility for the chaos on the railways caused by the timetable fiasco and if he didn’t have the full information that was because he failed to ask the right questions.
“The Government must now commit to implement the recommendations without delay, including the suggested freeze on fares, an automatic compensation scheme by the end of 2019, and an independent oversight so the chaos can never happen again. After six months of campaigning, protests, and petitions, finally the voices of our commuters have been heard - and listened to; now the Government must follow suit.
“I'll continue to represent the concerns of fellow commuters through the St Albans action group to St Albans rail users.”
Baroness Jenny Randerson, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson, told local Liberal Democrats:
“This damning Transport Committee Report concludes clearly that Chris Grayling held huge responsibility for the chaos on the railways caused by the timetable fiasco. If he didn’t have full information, that was because he failed to ask the right questions. As a Minister, that is a basic part of his job.
“At the time I called for him to resign and this report simply reinforces the need for him to go. In normal times he would have been sacked, but these are not normal times. The Prime Minister puts up with his incompetence because she knows that, on the back benches, he would be yet another opponent of her Brexit deal.
“The Lib Dems demand better for long-suffering rail passengers. We congratulate commuter groups who have fought so hard for a decent rail service, but they shouldn’t have to do that. They have a right to expect a decent service all the time.”