Southeastern are to increase rail services from December but some cuts will remain.
The company but out a press release yesterday and outlets like the News Shopper dutifully copied it pretty much wholesale.
However, looking into train times uploaded into the excellent RealTimeTrains site shows heavy cuts remain.
For example, the Sidcup line’s 33 per cent daytime cuts remain in place. Previous service levels at six trains per hour are still four per hour.
Uneven service spacing results in gaps of 20 minutes, which is not the minimum level of “turn up and go”. That’s when passengers can arrive and be confident of a train soon without checking timetables.
Fifteen minute gaps maximum is regarded as the minimum for “turn up and go”.
The fast trains along the line also now stop at every station slowing journeys.
The London Overground frequency at 3am when night services return will be higher in places at trains every 15 minutes than daytime services on Southeastern Metro.
The 14:39 Slade Green to Cannon Street via Greenwich will also no longer operate.
Post-midnight trains finally return which will help London’s beleaguered night time economy.
Until now people out for work or leisure have needed to take night buses or expensive cabs.
This is the list of evening trains returning:
Meanwhile there’s no news on improving chronic understaffing at stations across the Southeastern metro network.
With the Treasury and Department for Transport demanding heavy public transport cuts including rail, any improvement to encourage public transport usage seems remote.
Heavy levels of congestion on roads is likely to continue. A fantastic asset is still not being fully utilised. Far from it.