Passengers delayed on Southern services are set to receive more compensation as they will soon be able to claim if their train is more than 15 minutes late.
Currently the Delay Repay system allows people to claim if a train is delayed by more than 30 minutes.
However today (Thursday October 13) the Government announced that ‘delay repay 15’ will be introduced within months on Govia Thameslink Railway services, including Southern, and then rolled out across the country.
Passengers will be able to claim 25 per cent of the cost of the single fare for delays between 15 and 29 minutes.
The existing compensation thresholds will apply for delays from 30 minutes with passengers able to apply for compensation through the train operating company.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We recognise that, above all else, passengers want a reliable train service, but when things do go wrong it is vital that they are compensated fairly. “Delay repay 15 is a major improvement for passengers and we are working with train companies to make it as easy as possible for passengers to claim their rightful compensation.
“Together with the Consumer Rights Act, this policy shows we are putting passengers first and making sure they receive due compensation for poor service.”
Following its introduction on GTR services, the scheme will be rolled out across the network starting with the new South Western, West Midlands and Southeastern franchises.
All franchise competitions let by the department will include requirements to introduce this policy and the department will explore opportunities to roll this out for all DfT franchises this Parliament.
‘Delay Repay’ is currently operated by the majority of operators and a number of existing franchises, including Virgin Trains West Coast and c2c have also taken steps to introduce automatic compensation for certain ticket types.
The existing ‘Delay Repay’ thresholds are as follows:
50 per cent of the single fare for delays of 30 to 59 minutes
100 per cent of the single fare for delays of 60 minutes or more
100 per cent of the return fare for delays of 2 hours or more
As well as ‘Delay Repay’, the introduction of the Consumer Rights Act from the start of October strengthened the right of passengers to claim compensation for poor service.
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