‘Lessons learnt’ as new rail services introduced
Hundreds of additional daily train services are due to be introduced across Britain from tomorrow, as the rail industry vowed it was “learning the lessons” from the debacle of the last timetable change in May.
The number of timetable changes has been radically cut, with only about 15% of services being altered, deferring a host of changes until 2019. The most significant changes are in Scotland, including faster journeys between Edinburgh and Glasgow; on the TransPennine Express; and particularly on Thameslink services in south-east England, where Govia Thameslink Railway is introducing 190 new weekday services – trains that were once part of the May timetable that GTR formally abandoned in July.
Planned changes to Northern, Great Western and South Western networks have all been deferred until next May.