Changes to train times


Early May Bank Holiday Travel Summary 2013

These pages give an overview of the services that each Train Operating Company will be providing over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 May)

Train Operating Companies Travel Details

For a detailed summary of the train services being provided by each Train Operating Company over the Bank Holiday Weekend, and the details of engineering work affecting their services please choose the company you will be travelling with from the list below.

A map showing all the engineering work taking place around the country over the Bank Holiday Weekend will shortly be available here.

Full Summary

A text version of the Early May Bank Holiday travel summary, showing the details for every Train Operating Company is available from the links below:

 During holiday periods, Train Operating Companies generally amend the train plan that they run and there are a number of reasons for this:

  • Engineering work – Network Rail may be carrying out essential engineering work that requires the timetable to be amended and in some cases buses may replace trains over part of the affected route. 
  • Reduction in the number of commuter passengers –  With many businesses closed for the holidays, passenger numbers for the Train Operating Companies that operate on commuter routes may be reduced. This may mean that the Train Operator may reduce the number of trains they run and in some cases it may be that a Saturday or Sunday level of service is offered instead of the normal weekday service.
  • Increase in the number of leisure travellers – With many people taking the opportunity to get away for the holiday period, passenger numbers for those Train Operating Companies operating on routes to and from holiday destinations may increase. As a result those Train Operating Companies may run an amended service. This may mean there are additional trains at certain times during the day and/or fewer trains at other times of the day to cater for the additional passenger numbers.
  • Travel Tips
  • The National Rail Enquiries website includes a Cheapest Fare Finder tool. Being flexible on the days and times you can travel often means you can find a cheaper ticket, and passengers are recommended to check if they are eligible for a Railcard, which gives them a third off most rail fares including Advance tickets. The Cheapest Fare Finder tool is available here.
  • Please check our 'Buying Advance Tickets' page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy and when seats available for reservations.
  • For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter or  Facebook? Details of our social media services are available here.

Travelling in London

Details of London Underground, buses, trams and river services operated by Transport for London over the Bank Holiday Weekend will be available from the Transport for London website.