On 28th October, we dispatched our Letter Before Action (a 30-page document detailing our legal grounds) to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling.
The Department informs us that they have now consulted counsel and are preparing a ‘reasoned and helpful’ response.
We expect their full response on 21st November, a seven-day extension on our original LBA deadline of 14th (a reasonable delay considering the weight of the document we sent them.)
We are also awaiting the result of FOI requests seeking the full disclosure of Govia’s franchise agreement and remedial plan – documents that could hold the key to ending the Southern Rail crisis. Our final deadline for these FOI requests is 17th November, so stay tuned for further updates over the next week. Whatever happens, this is definitely the point where things start to become more interesting!
Many thanks for all your fantastic support and patience, and we look forward to sharing more soon…