2006-07-03 16:34:34 UTC
guarantee!) is ok for general distribution. The copy I have is a PDF on
TfL paper, so here is the text from the letter (retyped, so the typos
will be mine!):
Ms Elaine Holt
First Capital Connect
1 Cranwood Street
London EC1V 9QS
7th June 2006
Announcement on Fares - 6th June
I refer to your recent announcement that you will be unilaterally
imposing restrictions on cheap-day tickets on Thameslink and Great
Northern without effective prior consultation with stakeholders.
I would remind you that the purpose of railways in London is for the
benefit of Londers and London's economy by attracting people to visit
London. The management of overcrowding is not simply achieved by
dramatic fare increases.
I note also in your press release that the wording regarding travelcards
is not clear unless you read it very carefully. If you are considering
withdrawals here, TfL will resist them.
I would also ask you to cease attempts to obliterate references to the
name Thameslink in official station signage.
If you are not prepared to be responsive to the needs of London and
London's economy, I am not prepared to support continuance as holder of
the new Thameslink and Great Northern franchise (which I understand you
have unilaterally renamed First Capital Connect, again without any
I look forward to your confirmation that you have reconsidered your
position and will be advising the public to this effect.
Managing Director, London Rail
['Mayor of London' logo]
['A division of Transport for London' etc wording]