0 Have your say A government minister has promised lessons will be learnt after a bungled new rail timetable left Peterborough with an “unacceptable” rail service. Jo Johnson, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, said he could “only imagine the frustration that passengers felt over the unacceptable service”, adding: “I fully appreciate the importance of regular and reliable train frequency to Peterborough’s businesses, families and commuters”.His response followed a letter from leader of Peterborough City Council Cllr John Holdich, and chief executive Gillian Beasley, who had been instructed to write to the government department by councillors.Their concerns related to Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Great Northern services from Peterborough into London following the introduction of a new timetable in May.Mr Johnson admitted the scale of the problem had “far outstripped any expectation” but that action had been taken to “resolve the problems as quickly as possible, to ensure passengers are compensated appropriately, and to learn the lessons that will prevent this happening again in the future”.He said: “Network Rail was far too late in finalising planned timetable changes and this must not happen again. GTR was not sufficiently prepared to manage a timetable change of this scale either…. Read full this story
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