Commuters were celebrating today after ministers promised to scrap one of Britain's biggest and least-loved rail franchises.
The move will spell the end of Govia Thameslink Railway after more than 18 months of misery caused by strikes and staff shortages.
GTR services under the Southern brand have been hit by a long-running dispute over the role of guards.
Some commuters on lines into Victoria were forced to give up their jobs because delays and cancellations made the service unreliable.
Timetables were also badly disrupted by a major project to revamp busy London Bridge station.
Ministers were criticised for creating an unmanageable franchise when they merged Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern in 2015.
The Department for Transport today effectively admitted defeat when it announced the franchise would be spit up in 2021.
Rail union RMT described the announcement as a 'massive admission of failure' by the government.