The boss of train services which serve Welwyn Hatfield has ‘broken promises’ and again ‘let down rail users in the area’

That is the view of MP Grant Shapps following another meeting with Patrick Verwer, CEO of Govia.

In a previous meeting Mr Verwer, said the MP, had made assurances the firm would try to fix the many issues plaguing commuters and other passengers in the borough, including a reduction in train numbers.

But Mr Shapps said that following a second meeting it was clear the company “was not even considering adding more trains to the service”.

He continued, “I simply cannot, and will not, accept this outcome. As such, I have demanded a follow-up appointment with the expert who has designed the timetable.

“I have been convinced for a while now that GTR should not be running our train service. This meeting has only reinforced that opinion.

“Govia must go.”

This latest discussion was one of a series of meetings the MP has had with train bosses. He is lobbying to have the train company replaced by Transport for London, and wants to see services returned to the schedule that “Welwyn Hatfield needs”.

He said: “It is now clear there was never any intention from GTR to increase the weekday train service, despite repeated assurances.

“I continue to work hard for Welwyn Hatfield and will not rest until I see the improvements residents have been promised.”