The July timetable ISN'T about providing more services overall.
It's about formalising one that frees up GTR to resume driver training again, with the LEAST risk of disruption. /2
If it's not in the timetable already (even if it's always showing 'CANCELLED') then you probably ain't getting it back /3
...I will be interested to see if Grayling has finally spotted that he cancelled the only train that gets @grantshapps to work on time 😉 /4
This is because what GTR have been doing is looking at where the reliability issues are being caused by not having enough drivers available at a specific place or time /5
But, as you'll have spotted, that's a zero sum game. So if you like travelling off peak, I've got some bad news for you... /8
Because driver availability is a fixed number - defined by number of people, what they're trained for/on and how many hours they can work.
So to firm up the peaks, they'll have to withdraw service elsewhere. /9
AT BEST it's going to make your life more predictable (which is no bad thing). /10
THAT'S when we'll finally start to see if the new timetable is genuinely achievable after all /13
On 'stripping the franchise' (not gonna happen)
On Grayling's weird obsession with being 'right' (which is screwing the DfT)