Today is the first day of Thameslink services down the Woolwich line. Except it isn’t, as every train so far has been cancelled.
Rumours have swirled for weeks and months that there is a lack of drivers to operate this route, which I first covered back in March.
Today doesn’t bode well for the coming week (with Thameslink already cutting some trains) but we’ll have to see how it goes tomorrow withthe first trains running all the way to Luton. Any cancellations leave stations such as Greenwich and Deptford with a reduced service as Thameslink replaces some Southeastern services.
By the way, a poor aspect of the new timetable on the Southeastern side is a poor two trains an hour service on Sundays on busy suburban lines such as Sidcup and Bexleyheath.
After all the time and expense, a turn up and go interval of every 15 minutes on a Sunday should’ve been provided. These lines serve busy towns and have annual passenger numbers from 2-3+ million.
30 minute gaps do not get people out of cars to help lessen congestion.
Will it change in future?
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