In a somewhat strange and sneaky move, the Western line train service has been quietly improved while I wasn't watching! There is now an extra train running in the evenings on Weekdays, making late(r) night drinking sessions semi viable. Amazing that they did it without much publicity - they really should be making more of an effort to mention when things improve (especially after today's points failure at Britomart, but lets not mention that).
It also seems we're a step closer to having a "real" train system, I.e. one with swipe gates and actual tickets! We live in interesting times indeed.