In response to the announcement by ASLEF today that it is offering to suspend industrial action in return for new talks, Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, said:
“We've always made clear our willingness to engage in meaningful talks with ASLEF to find a route forward to end their dispute.
“So, together with our passengers and businesses, we warmly welcome their decision to suspend next week's planned industrial action. This is an important and significant development for the travelling public and the regional economy and our focus and efforts now will be on productive talks with the union and trying to find a solution and a way forward. We are grateful to Frances O'Grady and Andy Meadows for agreeing to chair jointly this important new round of talks and they have our unequivocal endorsement and support."
In line with the agreement between the parties, GTR will make no further statement or comment until these talks have concluded.