St Albans commuters to protest against Thameslink disruption tonight

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2018

Passengers queueing to board Thameslink trains at St Pancras. Picture printed with permission of Joanna King.

Passengers queueing to board Thameslink trains at St Pancras. Picture printed with permission of Joanna King.

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If you see a horde of angry people outside the Thameslink barriers in St Pancras tonight, they're not necessarily waiting for a late train.

St Albans commuters will be protesting the disruption a botched timetable change has brought to Thameslink services to and from the district.

Organiser and Liberal Democrat candidate Daisy Cooper said: “The situation has not improved. There are still lots of delays and cancellations and trains disappear off the board and overcrowding is still as bad as it was.

“We want to create a fuss to raise awareness of this major problem.”

The protestors are specifically looking for three things: immediate improvements to the service, including restoring East Midlands Trains services which caused the original timetable change. They also want “proper” compensation for passengers, including reimbursement of lost income and costs incurred by people who had to take peak-time trains rather than off-peak, and for the franchise to operate St Albans services to be taken from Govia Thameslink Railway.

The protest will run between 5.30pm and 7pm, starting on Midland Road near to the Thameslink barriers at London St Pancras International, and affected commuters have been encouraged to come and write their experiences on a whiteboard.

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