More Trains Might Mean the End of the Rail Timetable

By Gary Cutlack on at

The boss of Network Rail has had an idea: no one can complain about trains not keeping to timetables if there aren't any timetables. At least, that's what might be behind his bonkers suggestion that train timetables could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to... more trains.

Sir Peter Hendy thinks that within 10 years trains running on vast chunks of the network will somehow become so magically frequent that we won't need a timetable to work out when to travel on some lines any more, as travellers will simply get on the next train that comes along. Like they do on the Underground and buses.

The fact is, he says, that services don't often reflect their timetables anyway, with Hendy explaining: "For a growing and substantial number of passengers, average passenger wait is far more important than how close the trains are to a predetermined timetable that doesn’t take into account the daily conditions such as weather and passenger volumes."

Perhaps he's thinking about how much more money people will spend in the shops on baguettes and coffees, when they realise it's 47 minutes for the next one. [The Times]