Two major things about the Govia Thameslink railway timetable meltdown do not seem to have received much attention.
Firstly, Charles Horton’s resignation as Chief Executive. Should this dedicated and highly professional railwayman really have been the one to carry the can? From everything I have read, most of the blame lies elsewhere.
Secondly, what happened to the introduction of the much-vaunted Automatic Train Operation through the Thameslink core? Will that work with utter reliability when it goes live, or might we face another cause of major disruption?
I speak as one of the many who have experienced (in my case, with great sadness) the crumbling of a vital service. For the first time in my 71 years, I was actually unable to board a grossly overcrowded train, when trying to get home on one hot, horribly uncomfortable evening.