‘Lessons learnt’ as new rail ser­vices in­tro­duced

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Gwyn Topham

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.

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