New timetable cancels trains at Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink

 Monday, May 21, 2018 


Travellers Stranded at GatwickRecently a railway firm has cancelled a large number of trains, hours after its new timetable commenced.


Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) rescheduled every service on its Great Northern, Thameslinkand Southern franchise as part of an overhaul that was labeled the biggest in the UK.


It mentioned that launching the new timetable marked a ‘significant logistical challenge’ and also apologized for ‘any inconvenience caused’ to passengers.


It was however, unable to confirm how many trains had been cancelled on Sunday.


A spokesman of GTR asserted that they were introducing the biggest change to rail timetables in a generation that they had been informing passengers and they expect some disruption to services in the initial stages.


He went on to add that timetable changes would imply a 13% rise in services across the GTR network.


Aslef unions and the RMT said that they understood that the disruption was inevitable since there were not enough fully-trained drivers. A spokesman of RMT then went on to state that the union is still talking to members about the impact on the new timetable and plans to release further information on Monday.


The Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink comprises services to Luton, Peterborough, Bedford, Cambridge, London King’s Cross, Wimbledon, Brighton and London Moorgate.


No entire routes were cancelled on Sunday but then ‘occasional trains’ were not operational as per a spokesman.


Passengers were frustrated as a consequence and took to a microblogging site to complain about disruption on Great Northern services. From Sunday, every schedule for Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink as well as that of Great Northern trains have been altered in an effort to upgrade rail efficiency in the South East. It would imply that 400 additional trains a day and new direct services from 80 stations would run into central London.


But then passengers in many smaller locations have started complaining that they would be served with fewer or slower trains. Steve Chambers, from the Campaign For Better Transport, said he was concerned about the disruption seen on Sunday.


The RMT also claims passengers with reduced mobility may be left behind if a train is at risk of delay.


GTR said it placed high priority on making its services accessible to all.


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