This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Remove the Thameslink franchise from Govia Thameslink now, not in 2021.
Govia Thameslink Railway hold the franchise for the Thameslink rail service until 2021. Commuters suffer from driver shortages, old trains, short formations and regular cancellations. The franchise should be cancelled and handed over to TfL.
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MPs debate Govia Thameslink Rail Service
On 12 September, MPs debated the Govia Thameslink Rail Service.
You can watch the debate here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/3d664090-5337-4174-a0f5-a55c12048770?in=22:09:04
This was an "adjournment debate". Henry Smith MP successfully entered a ballot system for this debate. This is one way backbench MPs can get debates in Parliament. You can find out more about adjournment debates on the Parliament website: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/adjournment/
On Monday 5 September, the Government made a written statement to the House of Commons to update MPs on Govia Thameslink.
You can read the statement on the Hansard website: http://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-09-05/debates/1609051000013/GoviaThameslink?utm_source=petition113871&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=statement
Statements are a way for the Government to inform MPs about major incidents, policies and actions. You can find out more about statements here: http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/statements/