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EDM (Early Day Motion) 685: tabled on 13 December 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses its deep disappointment that once again during this Christmas season the railways will undergo a 58-hour shutdown with no services whatsoever being provided on the overwhelming majority of lines; notes that this is in stark contrast to the situation that prevails in the rest of Europe where regular services run throughout the Christmas holidays; further notes that the closure of the rail network is particularly hard on those spending Christmas alone and leaves many people without access to transport to visit family or friends or attend sporting events or sales; notes that in the North of England the terms of the Northern Rail franchise mean that 60 services must be provided by the company on 28 December 2018 and that similar obligations are detailed in the TransPennine Franchise; and calls on the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Transport for the North, the Combined Authorities, the Association of Train Operating Companies and Network Rail to work together to ensure that from 2019 an adequate rail service is provided on Boxing Day nationwide and that all future rail franchises have provisions for Boxing Day services.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.