Rail group axes conference as services hit by delays and cancellations
The organisation which represents the UK's train companies has cancelled its annual conference amid ongoing delays and cancellations to rail services.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) was due to hold the event in London on Monday, attended by representatives from train operators.
Chief executive Paul Plummer, said: "Thousands of dedicated people across the industry are doing everything they can to provide the best possible service as customers in some parts of the country have been experiencing unacceptable levels of disruption.
"In order to support these efforts, we decided not to hold the RDG annual conference this year as the industry continues to focus all our efforts on providing the best quality service for our customers.
"In the meantime we will continue with our fares consultation for the public while following up separately with stakeholders who were due to attend the conference."
Timetable changes have led to huge numbers of cancellations and disruption to services, especially on Thameslink and Northern, in recent weeks.
Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "The cancellation of the Rail Delivery Group conference underlines the sheer level of chaos that they and their members have unleashed across Britain.
"The RDG have acted as cheerleaders for the Government, the greedy private rail operators and their rank incompetence and they are now all diving for cover rather than facing the public who are the victims of their trashing of Britain's railways."