On May 19th a full weekly Thameslink service is finally introduced on the Woolwich and Greenwich line after a year of issues.
Last May a service was launched and quickly fell apart – as predicted on this site many months before. Drivers were warning and writing in stating nowhere near enough were trained. Come the failure and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Thameslink claimed no one saw it coming.
Eventually just one train an hour went into service off-peak with two in the peaks. Fast forward six months and they managed to get to original plans of two trains per hour on the Greenwich line slotting between Southeastern trains – but on weekdays only.
And now, finally, after one year delay we will see a two train per hour service running seven days a week.
Stations between Westcombe Park and Deptford bore the brunt of that failure. Six Southeastern trains previously ran per hour. With that reduced to four Thameslink meant longer gaps appeared in the timetable.