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US NewsWarning over repeat of rail timetable chaos

17:50  19 may  2019
17:50  19 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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"No-one took charge" during the timetable chaos that caused severe disruption on Britain's railways in May, a regulator has said. The Office of Rail and The mayhem resulting from a complicated shake-up of timetables on Northern and Govia Thameslink was the product of systemic failings over several

A rail timetable overhaul planned for December has been scaled back amid fears of a repeat of the chaos seen in May when a new schedule was But he warned that "long-suffering passengers who have put up with much inconvenience will be disappointed that promised improvements may be

Warning over repeat of rail timetable chaos © Getty A departure board shows cancelled trains. File pic The rail industry has been urged to make sure there is no repeat of the chaos that occurred when the network's timetable changed last May.

The latest changes were due to take effect from Sunday, but many travellers were not likely to be impacted until they head off for work or elsewhere on Monday.

Last May, during one of the two annual timetable changes, people using trains faced weeks of disruption across large parts of the country.

Many services were cancelled and a report into the disruption released last September by the industry regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), found the problems occurred because the changes relied on the successful completion of a "not... typical" range of large infrastructure projects.

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The train timetable fiasco this summer could happen again because of the “systemic” failings at the heart Train companies are accused of failing to warn passengers of the planned disruption over the summerAlamy. “Nobody took charge” of the biggest overhaul of the national rail timetable , which

"No-one took charge" during the timetable chaos that caused severe disruption on Britain's railways in May, a regulator has said. The Office of Rail and The mayhem resulting from a complicated shake-up of timetables on Northern and Govia Thameslink was the product of systemic failings over several

A further report in December by the regulator found that because "nobody took control" at the time, there was a potential for a repeat of the failings.

The ORR then issued a Final Order to Network Rail in January requiring it to implement future changes in an "efficient and effective" way.

On the eve of this year's changes having potentially their greatest impact, Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The railway has a long way to go to win back passenger confidence, but we hope that the lessons of last year have been learnt and the introduction of the new timetable on Sunday will improve people's perceptions of the railways, rather than further damaging them.

Warning over repeat of rail timetable chaos © PA Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, was forced to resign

"In the event that things do go wrong, we would expect the rail industry to have a robust contingency plan so that passengers aren't left stranded again."

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A rail timetable overhaul planned for December has been scaled back amid fears of a repeat of the chaos seen in May when a new schedule was But he warned that "long-suffering passengers who have put up with much inconvenience will be disappointed that promised improvements may be

“In planning the May timetable revision, over -optimism led to neglect of the risk that repeated slippage past known deadlines would leave the operators with far too little time to One of the contributing factors to the timetable chaos was delays to Network Rail ’s electrification of railway lines in the north.

A total of 25 rail operators are making changes to their timetables, with the biggest changes occurring on South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Northern and Great Northern.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents Network Rail and the passenger rail firms, said lessons were learned after the problems last year, adding that changes were only being made where there was a "high confidence" the necessary infrastructure, rolling stock and staffing plans were ready.

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RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said: "Introducing 1,000 more services a week to meet demand on a congested network poses a significant challenge but we are working together to ensure improvements are introduced with the absolute minimum of disruption."

After thousands of travellers had journeys cancelled or delayed last year, the chief executive of Govia Thameslink Group, Charles Horton, resigned.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling also faced stinging criticism, for being the minister in charge during a further mishap.

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