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Tun­nel vi­sion sums it up

- London · Finsbury Park · Network Rail Route 18 · North London · Thameslink and Great Northern · Govia Thameslink Railway · Govia

ONE trou­ble-spot in North Lon­don summed up a rail sys­tem in dis­ar­ray.

Pas­sen­gers on trains near­ing a new tun­nel near Fins­bury Park had to wait as their ser­vice stopped at the near­est plat­form.

The rea­son was that some of the driv­ers on Thames­link and Great North­ern ser­vices through the cap­i­tal were not trained to go through the tun­nel.

This meant they had to swap in the mid­dle of jour­neys to al­low a col­league who was trained to take over. Be­cause rail op­er­a­tors has been pre­sented with the new timetable from Net­work Rail at such short no­tice, they had not been able to train enough driv­ers on new routes.

The re­sult was a short­age of staff and can­cel­la­tions. In the weeks fol­low­ing the new timetable, Govia Thames­link Rail­way, which in­cludes Thames­link, Great North­ern and South­ern, axed around 70 of its 3,880 daily ser­vices.

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