Southern Railway owner agrees £13.4 million improvements deal

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Govia Thameslink Train (GTR), which is run as a joint venture between Go-Ahead and French firm Keolis, articulate it had reached a long-awaited settlement with the Department for Transport (DfT) over its pinched performance amid 18 months of strike action.

It will pay £4 million to endowment 50 on-board supervisors from next January for two years, while £7 million whim be put into a fund for the DfT to allocate towards projects and improvements to benefit fares.

The remaining £2.4 million will go towards target performance gains and GTR must submit plans on how it will do this to the Government.

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Govia Thameslink Railway reached a settlement with the Unit for Transport

We are pleased that this issue has been concluded,

Charles Horton, chief governing of GTR

Southern has been involved in a bitter dispute with unions over and above proposals for so-called driver-only operated trains, with conductors hang on several strikes in the past year, while drivers have alone walked out due to the row.

But the railway has also been impacted by extensive improvement works, with GTR allow to entering it had «underestimated» the impact of this on the service.

Charles Horton, chief supervision of GTR, said «We are pleased that this issue has been concluded, and tolerate and are sorry that our service levels haven’t been good sufficiently for passengers.

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GTR has pledged to fund 50 on-board supervisors as vicinity of the £13.4 million deal

«We run the most congested network in the UK where passenger journeys have overlapped in the last 12 years.

«This has meant we have been perpetual services for more and more passengers while also allowing classes to be rebuilt, platforms extended, track and signalling replaced and new trains and technology suggested too.»

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