Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink rail services, has had its Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement (ERMA) extended from its current end date of 20 September 2021 until 31 March 2022 under the same contractual terms.
ERMAs were introduced by the Department for Transport (DfT) to replace pre-COVID franchise agreements. They removed the operator’s financial exposure to passenger volumes these fell to almost zero at the hight of the pandemic.
David Brown, CEO of Go-Ahead, which owns 65% of Govia, commented: “The extension of this contract recognises the vital role GTR plays in connecting communities and enabling their green and sustainable economic recovery.
“More people are using our rail services now than at any time during the pandemic, and we look forward to welcoming more customers back in the months ahead.”
Patrick Verwer, chief executive officer of GTR , added: “We welcome today’s announcement.
“Everyone at GTR is focusing on providing a safe and reliable service to customers as they continue to come back to their rail services over the next few months.
“We are working in collaboration with the DfT, the industry and our stakeholders to reconnect people and communities, improve performance and meet the needs of all our customers.”