Many of us were dreading the new timetable because of its promise of new, slower, services and worse connection times at Swanley onto slower trains to Victoria.
However we have not been able to experience this because Thameslink have been unable to run their trains properly. We have faced daily cancellations, many at last minute, random unannounced rail replacement bus services and a failure of the platform information signs. Nobody can give us a straight answer to the problem and Thameslink seem unable to apologise.
As is typical of the Balkanised management of the railways, Southeastern have been unhelpful and refused to stop their fast trains at Eynsford and Shoreham when the Thameslink services have ceased completely. It would add a few minutes to the train journey time, but it would save hours of waiting and worry for those at our stations.
It’s week 2 now and the chaos continues. Commuters are frustrated and fed up and getting angry. How can changes that have been expected for years (actually decades: remember, this is implementing what was originally called the Thameslink 2000 programme!) not have been properly planned and not have worked reasonably smoothly?
Please can we have our old timetable back? – it worked!