This was typical of yesterday's press reports presaging the protest due at evening peak yesterday.
We saw yesterday that Southern had used a modicum of common sense in its train cutting plan, even if common sense is lacking in the dispute itself. They have attempted to preserve peak hour services on most lines and taken trimmings from their off-peak "main line" services.
This is an extract from the Gatwick combined timetable.
Similar off-peak trimming has taken place on all main routes. Portsmouth and Southampton have had a good prune, especially the local stopping services.
As has already been said, there is no obvious way out of the impasse. Southern are recruiting drivers, but cannot resolve the guards side of the dispute. One of the rail unions has offered to go back to normal working if Southern keep guards on currently guarded trains.
That solution is not going to happen; certainly not if you are Peter Wilkinson.
One banner at Victoria offered an alternative.
Southern says that having less trains that run reliably will be better for their customers. After a few days the customers may think otherwise.
Rail minister Claire Perry today sparked anger for failing to condemn Southern Railway after it cancelled hundreds of services into London.
Speaking ahead of a planned protest by commuters at Victoria station today following weeks of travel misery, Ms Perry refused to blame Southern for the chaos and poured cold water on any move to strip its operating company of the franchise.
But then she couldn't really blame Southern as they are only doing as Ms Perry and hes acolytes are telling them.
Never mind, eh? Auntie Theresa will soon sort it all out.