WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder has helped secure an unprecedented compensation package for rail commuters and season ticket holders impacted by December strike action, following recent pressure from parliament.
Mr Loder, who has 20 years experience working on the railways, is chairman of the newly-formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the South Western Railway area, and welcomed the compensation announcement.
South Western Railways announced that the cost of rail travel for up to five days will be paid as compensation and will be offered to season ticket holders and daily ticket holders who were worst affected during the month-long strike over the Christmas period.
The news came just one week after a parliamentary meeting, chaired by Mr Loder, and attended by the Minister of State for Transport, South Western Railway managing director Mark Hopwood, and directors of Network Rail to discuss specific issues of performance, franchising and strikes.
Mr Loder said: “Parliament is working – and showing that when we hold organisations and government to account, we can achieve better and deliver for constituents.
“I’m delighted that through the APPG, we have been able to secure a better deal for those passengers who were so badly affected by these strikes. However, we will continue to push for full recompense for those passengers who were worst hit by a full month of strike action and received no train service at all.”