PEANRTH CONSERVATIVE AM ANDREW R T DAVIES SLAMS ARRIVA TRAINS DISRUPTION

Arriva Train services from Penarth are being subjected to several cancellations because of "shortage of drivers"

Arriva Train services from Penarth are being subjected to several cancellations because of “shortage of drivers”

Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member – Andrew R T Davies – has publicly castigated the Arriva train cancellations which left several Penarth rail passengers stranded this morning .

The South Wales Central AM – who is leader of the Conervatives in the Welsh Assembly – has described the the disruption as  ‘unacceptable’

Davies said “Sadly, hardworking commuters will have been severely disrupted and this is clearly an unacceptable situation – particularly when commuters are reporting online that services at other times, which were not advertised, have also been cancelled.”

He said “Ultimately the people who will pay the price are people trying to carry out their normal travel into work and at a time when the train services are coming under great scrutiny from passengers this is obviously very disappointing. We can only hope these cancellations are a one-off and that normal service resumes as soon as possible.”

Earlier today Arriva  published “tweets” saying because of a “shortage of drivers”   the 07:02 Bargoed to Penarth (due 08:01) would be cancelled . The outgoing service on the same train – the 08:02 Penarth to Rhymney due arrive at Rhymney at 09:18 was being started not from Penarth but from Cardiff.

The 08:17 Penarth to Bargoed was  cancelled as was the  09:17 Bargoed to Penarth due 10:16. The  10:17 Penarth to Bargoed train didn’t call at Penarth and started out from Cardiff.  Similarly the 11:17 Bargoed to Penarth  didn’t get to Penarth and stopped at Cardiff l.

Other trains listed for cancellation today were :-

07:00 Rhymney to Penarth due 08:16
07:02 Bargoed to Penarth due 08:01
08:17 Penarth to Bargoed due 09:16
15:02 Penarth to Rhymney due 16:18

The term “shortage of drivers” is sometimes a euphemism for low level industrial action by the rail unions who are deliberately ramping up disruption across the UK.

 

 

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6 Responses to PEANRTH CONSERVATIVE AM ANDREW R T DAVIES SLAMS ARRIVA TRAINS DISRUPTION

  1. JM says:

    ot, more like, the mgt haven’t managed the leave rosters and there’s a mini heatwave coming, it’s the school holidays and the olympics are on!
    remember, the trains run for the convenience of tbe staff, the fare paying public trying to get to work are a complete irrelevance to them, sadly …

  2. snoggerdog says:

    if as JM says above,the job is that good,and the wages are pretty respectable,not the slave wages,that the sheeple accept,and theyve got a union that fights for decent wages &conditions,(not quite what you could get sat in the house of lords,when i say sat thats if you can get a seat ) how come some of you out there apply to become train drivers,you will be able to pay your mortgage &look after your family with ease.all you will need then is a thick skin to ward off the envious who wont dothe extreme shifts &awkward hours

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    If ATW is like any other ToC they they don’t have enough drivers and rely on rest day working to make up the numbers. It’s not surprising that crews want to spend time with their families during the school summer holidays.

    Blame ATW not the unions.

  4. Duncan McKellar says:

    At least when they do run they stop at Penarth. When running late they have taken to not stopping at Dingle Road at all. Not on the way up and not on the way back. A whole platform full of passengers just watching the trains go past half empty.

    • snoggerdog says:

      take this up with arriva duncan,they should stop on the way back, (to alight as well as board) half full is good for a valleys train!

    • snoggerdog says:

      take this up with arriva duncan,they should stop on the way back, (to alight as well as board) half full is good from penarth town!

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