This was the Daily Mail headline last week.
Services between Tonbridge, London Victoria / London Bridge:
Services between Reigate and London:
The "normal" off-peak service to Reigate runs every hour.
No service between London Bridge and Beckenham Junction:
A pattern is emerging. Where peak hour links only are run, these are chopped completely, leaving passengers to use full day services provided by other operators. SENSIBLE.
Some lesser used services have lost their through off-peak trains to/from London. SENSIBLE
Where other operators services cover most of the route, total withdrawal is the policy. SENSIBLE
Clearly this is going to inconvenience a whole lotta people but if such drastic measures are necessary (and the dispute appears to be never ending), these deletions offer limited pain in limited area to try to ensure that the real biggies can continue to run.
The reduced timetables do not, in any way, mitigate the long-term stupidity of this on-going dispute; although there will be widely different opinions as to which side is being stupid!
We will sample some more tomorrow; and take a look back at a possible gaffe by the Department for Transport way back in February.
Next Southern blog : Tuesday 12th July