First Capital Connect strike - commuters face another day of agony as chaos continues

PUBLISHED: 09:25 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

COMMUTERS face another day of chaos on First Capital Connect trains as the industrial action continues. A reduced timetable remains in operation as drivers refuse to do overtime or work on rest days over a pay dispute. FCC is running around 50 per cent of

COMMUTERS face another day of chaos on First Capital Connect trains as the industrial action continues.

A reduced timetable remains in operation as drivers refuse to do overtime or work on rest days over a pay dispute. FCC is running around 50 per cent of its normal timetable causing misery for passengers, particularly during peak periods.

St Albans MP Anne Main yesterday raised the crisis in Parliament, only to be told that FCC had government agreement to make the service cuts.

She maintains that FCC has demonstrated its franchise is undeliverable because it was based on good will from the drivers which has now been withdrawn. She wants the government to say they could lose the franchise unless they provide an adequate level of service to passengers.

Meanwhile commuters have continued to contact the Herts Advertiser to complain about the situation.

Susan Flaffy, from Luton, said: "What concerns me the most is the health and safety of the commuters as I can't see how being squashed on to a four carriage coach to the point where you can't move is providing a safe journey as quoted on their website.

"God forbid the train was to be involved in an accident as I don't see how anyone would be able to get off the train following the emergency procedures on board. Also, anyone who is pregnant or suffers from claustrophobia could not possibly travel in those conditions, I'm niether pregnant or claustrophobic and still feel anxious when travelling in such poor conditions.

"The drivers who are striking along with Royal Mail workers need to get in the real world and accept that a lot of people have had their wages cut and bonuses cancelled since the credit crunch. They should be grateful they are in employment. I'm sure there are hundreds of people out there that would like their jobs!

"First Capital Connects aim is: To get the basics right (they can't even provide the services advertised) and provide a service which is punctual (does not turning up at all class as punctual?) and reliable (I think I would rely on MPs not claiming expenses more so than a FCC train turning up on time), clean and safe (see comments above). I think this statement is a joke just like their service."

John Nevitt from New House Park, St Albans, said: "The work to rule, strike or overtime ban by First Capital Connect train drivers has brought horror to commuters on the Midland Main Line (MML) and even raised questions in Parliament. It surely adds a new twist to the proposals of Helioslough to add even more pressures to this busy route with the creation of a strategic rail freight depot at Radlett. The timing is ironic just as more public money is about to be wasted when the second public enquiry commences this week."

Keep checking this website for further updates throughout the day.

TRAINS INTO LONDON

09:18 Bedford to Elephant & Castle due 10:30

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09:40 Bedford to Brighton due 11:54

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09:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 10:36

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09:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 11:35

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09:48 Bedford to Elephant & Castle due 11:00

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10:10 Bedford to Brighton due 12:24

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10:18 Bedford to Elephant & Castle due 11:30

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10:40 Bedford to Brighton due 12:54

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11:10 Bedford to Brighton due 13:24

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11:40 Bedford to Brighton due 13:54

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10:14 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 11:36

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11:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 12:36

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10:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 12:35

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11:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 13:35

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12:10 Bedford to Brighton due 14:25

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12:40 Bedford to Brighton due 14:54

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13:10 Bedford to Brighton due 15:24

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13:40 Bedford to Brighton due 15:54

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14:10 Bedford to Brighton due 16:25

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12:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 14:35

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13:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 14:36

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14:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 15:36

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13:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 15:35

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14:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 16:35

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14:40 Bedford to Brighton due 16:55

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15:10 Bedford to Brighton due 17:27

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17:34 Bedford to Brighton due 20:00

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15:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 16:36

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16:13 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 17:37

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17:38 Kentish Town to Three Bridges due 18:55

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15:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 17:39

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17:18 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 18:39

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18:02 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 19:39

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16:44 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 18:31

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18:10 Bedford to Brighton due 20:30

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18:02 Luton to Sutton Surrey due 19:36

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18:42 Bedford to Brighton due 20:58

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21:50 Bedford to St Pancras International due 22:52

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18:30 Bedford to Sutton Surrey due 20:35

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19:16 St Albans City to Sutton Surrey due 20:36

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TRAINS FROM LONDON

09:38 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 10:57

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09:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 11:30

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09:34 Brighton to Bedford due 11:50

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10:04 Brighton to Bedford due 12:20

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10:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 11:57

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10:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 12:30

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10:34 Brighton to Bedford due 12:50

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11:04 Brighton to Bedford due 13:20

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11:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 12:57

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11:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 13:30

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11:34 Brighton to Bedford due 13:50

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12:04 Brighton to Bedford due 14:20

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12:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 13:57

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12:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 14:30

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12:34 Brighton to Bedford due 14:50

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13:04 Brighton to Bedford due 15:20

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13:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 14:57

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13:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 15:30

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13:34 Brighton to Bedford due 15:50

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14:04 Brighton to Bedford due 16:20

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14:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 15:57

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14:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 16:30

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14:34 Brighton to Bedford due 16:50

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15:04 Brighton to Bedford due 17:20

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15:36 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 16:59

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16:18 Elephant & Castle to Bedford due 17:28

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15:34 Brighton to Bedford due 17:58

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17:00 Elephant & Castle to St Albans City due 17:49

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16:36 Sutton Surrey to Bedford due 18:24

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17:16 Elephant & Castle to Bedford due 18:28

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16:04 Brighton to London Bridge due 17:02

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16:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 18:32

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16:22 Brighton to Bedford due 18:48

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17:48 Elephant & Castle to Bedford due 18:58

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18:09 Elephant & Castle to Bedford due 19:34

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17:40 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 19:05

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17:09 Brighton to London Bridge due 18:17

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18:22 Elephant & Castle to Bedford due 19:38

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17:38 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 19:34

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17:24 Brighton to Bedford due 19:58

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18:04 Brighton to Bedford due 20:28

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18:32 Sutton Surrey to Bedford due 20:40

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18:40 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 20:30

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18:34 Brighton to Bedford due 20:50

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19:27 Three Bridges to Bedford due 21:20

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19:40 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 20:59

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19:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 21:30

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19:34 Brighton to Bedford due 21:50

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20:04 Brighton to Bedford due 22:21

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20:40 Sutton Surrey to St Albans City due 21:59

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20:37 Sutton Surrey to Luton due 22:30

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20:34 Brighton to Bedford due 22:50

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23:04 St Pancras International to Bedford due 00:06

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23:34 St Pancras International to Bedford due 00:36

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