I really don’t intend to turn this blog into a parochial southeastern failure update, but how they manage to get worse every day is quite impressive right now. This morning – train cancelled, just like yesterday. This evening – 5.10pm train cancelled, and the next train on the Greenwich Line was running with 6 instead of 8 carriages, and the one after cancelled. That NEVER happened before I buggered off for 6 weeks. I’ve come back to a completely different service. Just what is happening?

Two points – Firstly the national rail live departure website now appears useless in the advance of southeastern’s shitness. 10 minutes before todays cancellation both this morning and afternoon showed no problems, as I’ve now taken to checking the site religiously. Same thing yesterday.

Second point – Southeastern now show carriage length on their display boards. The Greenwich Phantom had a post about that a couple of months ago wondering why it had gone, as it was commonplace under the state owned predecessor that ran trains before GoVia’s franchised ‘Southeastern railways’ arrived.  It’s good that it’s back, but it’s aligned perfectly with every train running short. Still, good to know you’re going to have a shit journey 4 minutes before the train arrives, or doesn’t.

All in all the timing is very suspicious coming after Govia got a 2 year franchise extension. They keep blaming faulty trains. So why has half their trains packed up then at once? Is it because they have less staff to fix them? Or less drivers?

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