Thameslink warn staff shortages will mean greatly reduced New Year’s Eve services

Rail company Thameslink have announced they’ll be a substantial reduction in services today and on New Year’s Eve due to a lack of staff.

The reduction means no overnight trains into the early hours of New Year’s Day with disruption up to 5am when normal service hopefully resumes.

They warn those trains that do run will be busy and people may be unable to board.

Thameslink ran only half the expected number on the Woolwich line a year after service introduction

The impact is expected to be most felt in trains north to Bedford and south to Brighton though the company state they will not know exact service levels until tomorrow morning.

Thameslink have long relied on the goodwill of drivers to covers shortages and those who use the Woolwich line may remember how the introduction of services saw just half the expected numbers operate for many months.

It took a full year before the intended service level was met in May 2019.

Southeastern Metro will see trains into the early hours running every 30 minutes until around 2-3am while the Elizabeth line will run every 15 minutes to Abbey Wood all night.

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