Dartford MP tells Southeastern to “get a grip” over snow

PUBLISHED: 16:48 06 December 2012

Commuters were left waiting on the platform last week as snow and icy weather caused major disruption on the Southeastern line.

Southeastern said its train services were “vulnerable” during these weather conditions because of using a ‘third’ rail to draw power, and when this gets iced over it is Network Rail’s responsibility to clear.

He said: “We’re reliant on Network Rail clearing the rails of snow and ice. We’re advised that Network Rail’s weather forecast didn’t indicate snow, so they weren’t able to put the snow clearance trains out overnight.”

But Dartford MP Gareth Johnson criticised the delays, saying Southeastern needed to “get a grip” on their winter service.

He said: “Just a week ago they briefed local MPs on how well prepared they were for any snow. I stood on a platform in my constituency waiting for a very delayed train this morning with no information being given to passengers, yet there was just a dusting of snow.”

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