Timetable con­cerns

Rail (UK) - - Letters - Ni­cholas Owen, Reigate

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.

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