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Compensation 'welcomed' but more is needed for rail passengers

The MP for Sherborne has welcomed South Western Railway's new compensation offer, but warned he will 'push for full recompense for those passengers who were worst hit' by recent strikes.

Bosses have agreed to repay the cost of up to five days of travel for passengers affected by last year's walkouts.

Chris Loder, who represents West Dorset, chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for South Western Railway (SWR).

Last week a Parliamentary meeting, chaired by Mr Loder, was attended by the Minister of State for Transport, SWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood and directors of Network Rail to discuss 'specific issues of performance, franchising and strikes'.

The MP said: "Today’s announcement by SWR means the cost of rail travel for up to five days will be paid as compensation and will be offered to season ticket holders and daily ticket holders who were worst affected during the strike.

"Parliament is working - and showing that when we hold organisations and Government to account, we can achieve better and deliver for constituents. 

"I'm delighted that through the All Party Parliamentary Group  we have been able to secure a better deal for those passengers who were so badly affected by these strikes. 

"However, we will continue to push for full recompense for those passengers who were worst hit by a full month of strike action and received no train service at all."

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