Turning the supertanker


Extensively monitored: soon after departing the stop at Elephant & Castle, Thameslink unit No 700038 crosses over Southwark Bridge Junction with the 15.03 Orpington to Kentish Town service on 7 June 2018. Antony Guppy

Chris Grayling celebrates his second anniversary as Transport Secretary this month. Not that he is likely to be in the mood for celebration, given that he is currently presiding over the greatest timetable shambles of all time.

Old hands used to instance the South Eastern timetable change in the 1970s as a yardstick for epic failure. More-recent readers will recall Virgin Cross Country’s ‘Operation Princess’.

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