LETTER: Get this fiasco sorted out

The prolonged disruption to Southern Rail services is not only extremely difficult and inconvenient for the travelling public at large, but also has adverse implications for the employers of those rail users who consistently report late for work through no fault of their own as a result.

One would imagine that Gatwick Airport must be very seriously concerned at the outlook caused by the thoroughly unreliable rail service for their passengers and also in terms of their bid for London airport expansion in the South East.

They are being put at an obvious disadvantage against the two Heathrow bids in respect of direct travel connections to the capital, which is a major consideration in the assessment of the competition.

It seems to me that what is needed is for employers thus disadvantaged to put pressure on the Government to get the whole fiasco sorted out in positive terms, sooner rather than later.

If Govia choose to ignore the travel nightmare that is being forced on the rail users of Southern region, at least some heavy activation on the part of employers in the region, whether large or small, might well have some effect.

At present, the comparison of parts of the privatised British rail industry with the successful state-run railways in countries like France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain is surely testament to the inherent deficiencies of the situation here.

Michael Parfect

Cranedown, Lewes