I usually download the pdf of the full timetable to keep on my Tablet/Phone but it seems that only the individual routes are now available. Anyone know if this is a new policy or just an oversight?
It is policy: From Thameslink - "A decision was made earlier this year no longer to produce printed versions of the composite All Thameslink services and All Great Northern Services timetables. The reason for these timetables being discontinued is a combination of the high unit cost of production and the low take up, with the majority of customers preferring to check timetables on line and / or to carry pocket-sized timetables."
The local rail user groups are meeting Thameslink next week to 'debate' this decision. In particular, some journeys (eg Flitwick to Elstree) are no longer covered by a single booklet.
Remember that this is the same management team that requires the collection of no less than thirty-one leaflets to cover the Southern operation. This then equips you for a very difficult cross-referencing task to discover best options in the case of the endemic cancellation and delay operation which they habitually oversee. It is difficult enough to negotiate connections at Hampden Park/Eastbourne during late running; steering a logical course between, say Burgess Hill and Hastings, is well nigh impossible! Until there is a complete change in attitude to customer service in all its aspects, and from the top down, this operator will not regain the esteem it had in the nineteen seventies and before.
By comparison the timetable offer of Southeastern is very practical whilst SWT's offering is excellent. Why GTR cannot match either of these totally escapes me.
Sorry - I am confused. The operator did not exist until privatisation - i.e. after the mid-1990s.