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Commuters call on Philp to carry out his threat to Southern

Inside Croydon

Commuters in Croydon are calling on local MP Chris Philp to carry out his threat to demand that Southern Railway be stripped of its train-operating franchise as a consequence of the abysmal level of service.

Southern trainPhilp has pursued the populist “bash the rail operator” stance almost from the moment he arrived as a Westminster new boy last year, writing this column for Inside Croydon (click here) in July.

It was a position Philp repeated last December, too, when he called on the operator to lose its franchise.

Now Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader has been in touch, urging Philp to carry out his threat.

It was reported last week that Southern had cancelled nearly 500 trains in one seven-day period due to “unprecedented” staff sickness levels. The absenteeism is widely thought to be the result of a working conditions dispute which will see a 24-hour strike staged this Wednesday.

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