Now, granted one can never cook up the ideal TT - one which pleases everybody all of the time. With any TT there are winners and losers. The previous TT was an excellent compromise, offering good frequencies and regular expresses. Now, that has been thrown out of the window, replaced by a TT that offers no compromises. For yonks I've been using Brighton Station (not even my closest station) for the advantages of frequent services and a speedy trip. The former still remains, the latter now not possible. From NOW, the journey to the city for me is an extra 9 minutes. 18 extra minutes of travel time each day.
In the course of a week that is an added 1.5 hours needed to travel to and from the city.
Suddenly, all the incentive for myself to take the train to the city has disappeared, excepting for my geeky affection for trains. Taking the car has become an attractive proposition. There's no longer a time advantage for me in using the train. Moreover, though I expect to encounter red lights at some traffic intersections enroute to the city, I won't need to be delayed by stopping at every friggin rail station on the train service to the city. Every DOWN service now stops at every station until 16:55 hrs. No compromises there for the express lovers.
Oh, and as for the extra frequency of trains on the new TT, one needs to read the fine print in order not to be misguided by Government spin doctoring. That 7.5 minute peak frequency applies to some stations only.
"Faster trains" is a part of the spiel from the Government. Meaning, of course, the new 4000 class will be reaching a higher speed limit on track. The gullible masses just don't know the other truth, that travel times won't be "faster" at all.