Southern Rail could be '˜taken over' by Government

A MUCH-criticised rail franchise could be taken over by the government, it has been claimed.

Thursday, 26th January 2017, 6:00 am

Rail Business Intelligence said that the Department for Transport is considering options that involve taking Southern Rail off its owner Govia Thameslink Railway until a new contract could be agreed. The magazine says that the plan has its own codename and that a potential interim managing director has been identified.

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Southern has been hit by months of strikes because of a row with unions over the role of conductors.