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.