Below is the text of Mr Major’s letter to the press on 25th January 1979.
MR JOHN MAJOR:
However, he and other commuters may be slightly mollified to learn that I have been assured by the area manager’s office that cash refunds are freely available to season ticket holders in respect of days where no trains run or that extra days may be added (at the commuters choice) to the next season ticket purchased.
I have not yet been able to determine the method of calculation of the cash refund, or obtain confirmation that the extra two days will be working days (rather than a week-
As to Mr Sneden’s justified complaints about the arctic temperatures of some carriages, I am pleased to note that the guard on my train this morning (who looked extremely cold, poor chap) did travel from carriage to carriage apologising, and with luck, this is a prelude to action.
However, I am pessimistic about the elastic arrival times of trains at Kings Cross and can only echo the sad and frustrated words of WS Gilbert:
“Sir, Saturday morning although recurring at regular and well – foreseen intervals, always seems to take this railway by surprise”.
So, it seems does snow, fog, ice, points failure, staff shortages, inter-
John Major, Conservative PPC for Huntingdonshire
The Views, Huntingdon