PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP
Monday February 1st 2010
LILLEY CONDEMNS MINISTER’S COMPLACENCY ON FCC PERFORMANCE
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has accused the government of failing to use the threat of non-renewal of FCC’s franchise to force better performance.
He said: “A minister wrote to me claiming FCC has been fulfilling its obligations under the franchise agreement.
“This would not impress the many thousands of passengers who have suffered countless delays and cancellations over the past three months.
“The threat of withdrawal of the franchise is the main weapon ministers have to get a better deal for the travelling public, and they should be putting maximum pressure on the company to deliver the service they signed up to.
“I would have thought it extraordinarily complacent, indefensible and premature to say that FCC was meeting is franchise requirements at the moment.
“The government should be listening to the multitude of complaints being made about FCC and doing something to ensure that the company provides an acceptable level of service for its customers.
“In the normal course of events I would jump at the opportunity to make these points in person during Wednesday’s emergency debate on First Capital Connect obtained by my colleague Anne Main, the MP for St Albans.
“Unfortunately, I am currently in hospital recovering from appendicitis which was misdiagnosed for ten days as swine flu, but I shall be following developments very closely.”
Further information from John Allen