Commuters respond to Thameslink’s new interim timetable

PUBLISHED: 09:37 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 16 July 2018

Passengers queueing to board Thameslink trains at St Pancras. Picture printed with permission of Joanna King.

Passengers queueing to board Thameslink trains at St Pancras. Picture printed with permission of Joanna King.


Rail passengers have taken to social media to report disruption on Thameslink services on the second day of its new interim timetable.

National Rail has said there is no disruption expected today, however a number of people have posted on Twitter that they have been experiencing cancellations to peak-time services.

The Department for Transport has previously warned Govia Thameslink Railway, which also runs Great Northern and Southern services, they were “in the last-chance saloon” with regards to disruption on their services.

The new interim timetable is Thameslink’s third in two months, after one introduced on May 20 led to delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

Twitter user Johnny Arthur posted this morning: “It’s possible to sequence the human genome, but Govia Thameslink are now on their third attempt at designing a rail timetable.”

Arun Bairns posted: “Thameslink you are officially one of the worst train lines. Nothing but delays, tied in with pathetic excuses about how you have no drivers. How can a train service not have a driver?”

James Doyle posted earlier: “It is 8.42. I can see my 8.44 Thameslink train in the distance, having already left.

“At least it’s actually running for f*cking once. Shame I can’t get on it.”

Will Ellis posted: “Thameslink switched to a new timetable yesterday after the May 20 debacle and it appears to be having the same effect.”

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