Commuters across south east England face altered or reduced services as part of a timetable changes

The RMT union has already started to brand this morning’s commute “Meltdown Monday”, claiming a lack of planning and shortage of crews was jeopardising the new timetable.

General secretary Mick Cash said:

The union is picking up reports from both Northern and GTR of a hopeless lack of planning, combined with a shortage of crew and fleet, which has reduced the Monday morning journey to a nightmare for many passengers. It is our members dealing with the anger at the sharp end not the well-paid top brass from Arriva and Govia who are responsible for this Meltdown Monday on our railways.

Both of these companies have sought to compromise safety and access by hacking back on critical staff and it is no surprise to RMT that they can’t be trusted with the massive logistical challenges of bringing in new timetables.

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As commuters vented their frustration on social media about the shakeup this morning, the train operators said the disruption was due to a “short-term planning amendment”.

@nationalrailenq day one of new train times and surprise surprise they are all cancelled!!! It’s absolutely disgraceful and to make matters worse Thursday there will be ANOTHER STRIKE. Will people ever be able to get to work because this is now 3 months of issues!

Well #railplan20/20 you’ve fucked this one up. First commuter day of new timetable, 1 train cancelled before departure, 1 train cancelled mid-journey, absolute chaos and no one to help at St Albans city…do tell me how this is improving service?

@TLRailUK Why is it that a) all timetable affected trains trains are either delayed or cancelled and b) it now takes 23 mins to get direct from St. Albans to St. Pancras #RegressionSoldAsProgress #YourSeviceIsAJoke #2020Fail #PlanBeforeRollingOut pic.twitter.com/4cAJTlzpj1

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