The First Great Western saga continues. Kerry spent the week doing a series of media interviews about the chaos on Bristol’s commuter services, as well as taking part in a Westminster Hall debate. She was also there to support her fellow Bristol MP, Doug Naysmith, when he asked Tony Blair at Prime Minister’s questions whether he would support the Labour campaign for Avon to be given its own Passenger Transport Executive.After mounting protests and a fare strike by the ‘More Trains Less Strain’ campaign, which attracted nationwide coverage, First Great Western have finally admitted what we all knew from the outset – that they had severely underestimated demand for rail services in the Bristol area and should never have reduced capacity when they brought in the new December timetable. They have now apologised to passengers for their management failures.Kerry spoke in a debate in Westminster Hall which was attended by MPs from across the FGW franchise area, including Bristol’s Roger Berry. She spoke of the misery being suffered by many commuters, due to cancellations and short-formations of trains, and told the Rail Minister that passengers were tired of hearing excuses from FGW; they wanted action. She also sought confirmation as to whether the new train units brought in by FGW over recent weeks were merely a temporary sticking plaster, until the fuss died down, or would be made permanent. The Minister was able to confirm that although they were originally envisaged as temporary, FGW had now agreed to keep them. Kerry concluded by saying that this was simply no way to run a railway.Click here for the full text of the Westminster Hall debate.Click here for Prime Minister’s Questions, and a question from Doug Naysmith MP to the Prime Minister.

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