Leaf Fall Timetable Changes 2018

Thousands of tonnes of leaves fall onto railway lines every autumn. When leaves fall, they stick to damp rails, and passing trains compress them into a smooth, slippery, layer that reduces the trains’ grip. Network Rail have published an explanatory page on the impact of leaf fall, which is available here.

To keep passengers safe in the worst affected areas, longer gaps need to be left between trains, causing delays on the railway. The Train Operating Companies affected by leaf fall publish temporary timetables so you can plan your journey.

Train Operating Company Travel Details

For a summary of the timetable changes for Autumn 2018, please click on your train operator below:

 

Arriva Trains Wales

A leaf fall timetable will be in operation on route 130, the Cardiff Valley lines. The timetable now reflects these changes.

c2c

c2c do not operate an amended timetable.

Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper do not operate an amended timetable.

Chiltern Railways

Aylesbury to London Marylebone via Amersham line

  • During leaf fall season, trains running to London on the Aylesbury - London via Amersham line will depart 3 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Leaf fall season will run from Sunday October 7 until Thursday 20 December 2018 on this line.

Kidderminster - Birmingham - High Wycombe - London Marylebone line
Stratford - Banbury - London Marylebone line
Oxford - Bicester Village - London Marylebone line

Aylesbury to London Marylebone via Princes Risborough line

  • Trains running on the above lines may arrive at their final destination up to 3 minutes later than scheduled.
  • Leaf fall season will run from Sunday 7 October until Saturday 15 December 2018 on the above lines.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry do not operate an amended timetable.

East Midlands Trains

Trains on the Matlock line may depart one minute earlier than their scheduled departure time.

Trains on the Crewe line are timed to arrive into Derby slightly later (1 minute).

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express do not operate an amended timetable.

Grand Central

Grand Central do not operate an amended timetable.

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway do not operate an amended timetable.

Greater Anglia

The current timetable now reflects alterations made as a result of leaf fall, for example, trains from Norwich between 05:00 and 07:00 will depart 5 minutes earlier. Please check your timetable / online journey planners for up to date departure times.

Great Northern

Great Northern do not operate an amended timetable.

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express do not operate an amended timetable.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains do not operate an amended timetable.

Island Line

Island Line do not operate an amended timetable.

London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern Railway do not operate an amended timetable.

London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway do not operate an amended timetable.

London Overground

London Overground do not operate an amended timetable.

Merseyrail

Merseyrail do not operate an amended timetable.

Northern

Northern will operate a leaf fall timetable between 1 October and 8 December on the following routes:

Manchester - Hazel Grove - Buxton

Manchester - Rose Hill / New Mills Central

Huddersfield - Sheffield (Penistone Line)

ScotRail

ScotRail do not operate an amended timetable.

South Western Railway

South Western Railway will operate a leaf fall timetable between 7 October and 8 December on the following routes:

Windsor & Eton Riverside - London Waterloo

Reading - Ascot - London Waterloo

Guildford - Effingham Junction - Cobham - London Waterloo

Dorking / Chessington South - London Waterloo

Southeastern

From 7 October to 8 December 2018 Southeastern will be making some small changes to the timetable to keep trains running on time.

Some morning trains will leave a few minutes earlier. Evening trains will leave London at the same time as usual, but some will arrive at stations along their route a few minutes later. The timetable changes affect both weekday and weekend services.

On days when the weather is expected to be at its worst, Off-Peak Monday to Friday metro services will call less frequently at some stations. More background information is available from Southeastern here

Southern

Southern do not operate an amended timetable.

Stansted Express

Stansted Express do not operate an amended timetable.

TfL Rail

TfL Rail services do not operate an amended timetable.

Thameslink

Thameslink do not operate an amended timetable.

TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express do not operate an amended timetable. Amendments will be dealt with on a day-to-day basis depending on the severity of the rail head conditions.

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains do not operate an amended timetable.

West Midlands Railway

From Monday 15th October to Friday 7th December a leaf fall timetable will be in operation Mondays - Fridays on the Cross City line. A normal service will be in place Saturdays and Sundays, and from approximately 20:00 on weekdays.

Cross City North - Starting with the 09:46 departure, the xx:16 / xx:46 Lichfield City to Longbridge will depart one minute later and run non stop between Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham New Street.

From the start of service, the xx:30 / xx:31 / xx:33 Bromsgrove to Lichfield City, and xx:55 Redditch to Lichfield City will run non stop from Birmingham New Street to Sutton Coldfield.

Cross City South - From the start of service, up to and including the 15:16 departure, the xx:46 Four Oaks to Bromsgrove and xx:16 Four Oaks to Redditch will run non stop between Selly Oak and Longbridge.

Starting with the 10:12 departure, the xx:12 Bromsgrove to Four Oaks and xx:32 Redditch to Four Oaks will run non stop between Longbridge and Selly Oak.

Last updated:   07 October 2018