Well, I think they have. The service is such a mess that a new timetable seems to be introduced every week.
But anyway another is introduced from 15th July, and the frequency along the Greenwich line seems to be one an hour during the evening peak as well as off-peak. It can be seen by clicking here.
Its pretty much been that anyway for weeks. What this does do is mean they are less liable to pay compensation if a train is cancelled as they only have to cobble together half the originally planned service.
I had my first experience of the “service” in Kent recently. I knew it would be bad, but not quite so bad. Southeastern no longer provide a service from Gillingham, Chatham or Strood via any Dartford line to London Bridge so its Thameslink only.
For over three hours from 7pm there was not a single train from Medway to anywhere in south east London. After three hours one train turned up and ran to Dartford only. For a new train is was in poor condition too. I’m guessing morale is rock bottom with staff.
People working or visiting family or friends in London from Medway (hardly a rarity) are having a completely crap time of it right now.
Another thing is the impact on the next Southeastern franchise. Thameslink is NOT a franchise. Unlike a franchise there is no revenue risk to Thameslink’s parent company. The DfT pays them a set fee and receives all fare revenue. The current mess will mean reduced income to the DfT, who already had the heaviest cuts in budget for any Government Department in the last spending review and are also feeling the impact of cocking up franchises such as Virgin East Coast.
That all means less money. Cut backs for the next SE franchise incoming?