Rail strikes are the symptom, not the cause, of the problem
CROYDON COMMENTARY: Like thousands of other local commuters, CATHERINE SHELLEY has been affected by the long-running rail dispute. She says that the real problem lies with Southern Rail’s mismanagement, aided by the Tory Government
On a weekday evening at Victoria Station shortly before Christmas, and not for the first time, a series of trains was cancelled, one after the other. A young mum on the platform, who was going to be delayed collecting her young son went into meltdown with the panic and frustration of the situation.
Commuters crowd the platforms at East Croydon
Other passengers got angry too and surrounded a pair of female southern rail staff. The staff were also upset as they, too, were trying to get to Clapham Junction for their next shift, just as frustrated as the rest of the crowds on the platform.
The Tannoy announced that the cancellations were caused by drivers not…
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