Rock group The Darkness has released a protest song aimed at Southern Rail on their new album.

The track, called ‘Southern Trains’, criticises the operator for delays and cancellations on their network, calling the service ‘a journey into pure despair’.

In response, Southern Rail have said passenger satisfaction levels are rising on the network, and reliability has increased almost 20 per cent in a year.

Shots of Southern Rail trains feature in the official music video

The accompanying video for the song contains shots of Southern trains and commuters waiting at platforms.

Lead vocalist Justin Hawkins sings:

“Heaving carriages of indignation / Grown men weeping with pure frustration / Totally packed and always late.”

A still from the music video for 'Southern Trains' by The Darkness
A still from the music video for ‘Southern Trains’ by The Darkness

The operator has also been the subject of a satirical play called Southern Fail: The Musical, which was performed in Shoreham and Brighton in June.

A spokesperson for Southern Rail said:

“Southern is part of the wider Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network that carries almost a quarter of all UK rail journeys.

“We are investing hugely in new trains, technology and stations on the most congested part of the country’s railways.

“Passengers will very soon see real benefits in terms of quicker, more frequent journeys and new routes.”

‘Pinewood Smile’, the new album by The Darkness, is due to be released on October, 6.

The group have announced a series of tour dates this winter, including a performance at the Brighton Dome on December, 11.