A petition has been launched to have Govia Thameslink’s contract removed immediately after a "shambolic" timetable upheaval.

Thousands of journeys in London and across England have been interrupted, delayed and cancelled in the last week as the new timetable was put into action.

Simon Lee started the petition today (May 29), writing: “The Secretary of State should intervene immediately over GTR's failure to implement its new timetable leaving commuters stranded and mass cancellations of services despite having a year to plan for the changes.”

The row has deepened after angry commuters took to Twitter this morning to voice their confusion as more trains were cancelled, but instead of announcements being made, the trains were taken off the timetable completely.

This silence from the train company led people to believe that they had taken them off the screens and apps because they were trying to save their own backs.

Benjamin Holder tweeted Thameslink and said: "What’s happened to 0825 and/or 0837 HAT-KGX this morning? Are you pretending they were never on the timetable so you don’t have to say they’re cancelled? Implementation of new timetable still causing such chaos and misery.”

Thameslink responded: “Hi Julie, We have removed cancelled trains from departure boards so customers are aware of services actually running. Apologies for the confusion ^Nafisa”

Julie Stark said: “But they don't tell us they're cancelled - they say 'on time' and then disappear.”

Some Twitter users also highlighted the problems trains being removed from the timetable might have on claiming for refunds, making it much harder to fill out a delay repay form due to there being less evidence of a service being delayed.

The petition can be found here.

Thameslink has been approached for comment.