After months of pressure and campaigning, Oliver has successfully secured extra compensation for those affected by the appalling recent disruption on Thameslink and Great Northern.
The news came yesterday when Govia announced that pay as you go passengers (non-season ticket holders) would also be compensated. This comes alongside the additional package Mr Dowden helped secure for season ticket holders last month.
Speaking today, Oliver said: ‘This is a significant win for passengers. We faced serious resistance and at times during my campaign Govia utterly refused to budge, but I am delighted to have secured the compensation that people deserve.
‘I urge everyone who’s been affected by the disruption to claim as soon as possible by visiting the Govia website.’
The new scheme will cover anyone who made a minimum of three days’ return travel in any week, Monday to Sunday, between 20 May and 28 July.
Elstree & Borehamwood, Radlett and Potters Bar have all been included as having suffered Level 1 Disruption, the highest grade. This means people who travelled from those stations will get the highest amount. The exact amount will be based on the cost of tickets purchased and the value of compensation may vary according to ticket type.
Oliver added: ‘This is an excellent step forward but there is of course more to do, including making sure we get the full, enhanced timetable we were promised way back in May. I will continue to push for this over the coming months.’