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Watford MP Richard Harrington takes London Midland petition to commuters
Over the last year the Conservative backbencher said he has attended five meetings with London Midland bosses but has received nothing but "promises and jam tomorrow" over the problems afflicting their services.
Mr Harrington said he has had enough and now hopes to gather 5,000 signatures from unhappy commuters to present to the Prime Minister, Transport Secretary and Chief executive of London Midland.
Standing outside Watford Junction station, the MP said: "This is about prices and delays.
"Particularly delays because people are paying top dollar for this and the least they can do is when they get to the station and it says 7:24 the train will take a couple of minutes either way, but it will turn up.
"They don’t want bus services, they don’t want excuses. They just want what they are paying for."
The petition has been set up after passengers have suffered a series of problems on services to and from Watford.
He went on to say he had heard "every single management excuse" from London Midland, including a shortage of drivers, training of drivers, promises of "it will be alright after December 6" and organising a new roster.
A spokesman from London Midland said: "We are fully focused on delivering services that passengers want and expect. The temporary driver shortage has been addressed and current levels of performance are good, however we clearly recognise that recent disruption has been unacceptable to passengers.
"A number of trainee drivers continue to complete their training which will assist in dealing with short notice unavailability, such as on the day sickness, which all operators face. We are also continuing our recruitment and training process to add further resource resilience."
The petition can be found at http://www.richardharrington.org.uk/not-fare