Cancellations and delays as new rail timetables introduced

Widespread cancellations and disruption have accompanied the introduction of new rail timetables, with Northern and Thameslink services particularly badly affected.

Many commuters who had altered their normal routines for rescheduled trains arrived at stations on Monday morning only to find services cancelled.

Train companies have yet to confirm the exact number of delays and cancellations, but around one in four Thameslink trains due to run through central London in rush hour appear to have been cancelled on Monday morning, after Britain’s largest commuter franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), introduced an entirely redrawn timetable on Sunday.

Passengers waiting for Northern trains appeared to fare even worse, with swathes of the morning schedule connecting towns around Manchester disrupted, and the majority of trains at key hubs such as the city’s Oxford Road delayed or cancelled at peak times. Around one in seven trains across the Northern network were cancelled and one in six delayed.

 

 

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