St Albans commuters hit by more train cancellations

PUBLISHED: 10:17 09 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

NEARLY 60 First Capital Connect (FCC) trains serving St Albans have been cancelled today (Monday) It is part of unofficial action by train drivers, revealed in last week s Herts Advertiser, which has led to numerous cancellations in the past week and infu

NEARLY 60 First Capital Connect (FCC) trains serving St Albans have been cancelled today (Monday)

It is part of unofficial action by train drivers, revealed in last week's Herts Advertiser, which has led to numerous cancellations in the past week and infuriated passengers claiming they had been kept in the dark.

Yesterday FCC had to completely close their Great Northern route through neighbouring Welwyn and Hatfield because of a shortage of drivers.

And so far today 57 trains have been cancelled because some drivers are refusing to do overtime or work on their rest days over the lack of a pay rise this year.

St Albans Lib-Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Sandy Walkington found the cancellations on the Thameslink line on the FCC website just after 8am today.

He said: "I am being inundated this morning with texts from fed-up commuters stuffed on to packed slow trains - I cannot begin to imagine what conditions are like south of St Albans."

Describing the situation as "quite intolerable" for treating commuters in such a cavalier way when they have paid so much for a proper rail service, he called on FCC and their drivers to settle their differences quickly.

He also called for compensation for people who had paid for an advertised service which had not delivered.

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