Alex Hynes was recently pedaling the whole '12 sets by December' and 'full service for the May timetable' lines a couple weeks ago. I'll happily eat my words if the reality of what transpires doesn't make a complete tit out of this claim. Noticed a sharp decrease in the number of HST operated Intercity services of recent time, though having 170s working them or double 158s (as I've seen lately) is welcome rather than the gross under capacity of services we were accustomed to at the start of the year. A check of the departure boards at Aberdeen will reveal a sea of cancelled Montrose locals. I still maintain that scrapping these services until the HSTs and reverting to old frequencies will minimise the impact of short forms in while the project limps on. Things are getting better, but just not at the pace to which many are expecting. It's ridiculous to assume that the current situation is at rock bottom given the absolute shambles which occured at the start of this year.