Changes to train times

 

Changes to the National Rail Timetable

The National Rail Timetable is changed in May and December each year.

The most recent timetable change took effect on 11 December 2016. All the changes detailed below are showing correctly in the Journey Planner.

Please select a Train Operator below for more details on the changes made to the timetable for their services.

 

Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales is pleased to announce some important changes to its timetables from 11 December 2016 which will result in some service timing and frequency improvements for many of its customers.

In particular there will be an enhanced Sunday service from 8 January 2017 for customers using services between Ystrad Mynach and Cardiff Central with the addition of 5 extra services in each direction throughout the day.

Platform 8 at Cardiff Central will be open for use from January 2017 for some services towards Penarth, Barry Island and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Some early morning, late evening and weekend services between Cardiff Central and Severn Tunnel Junction will be leaving Cardiff Central and Newport up to 10 minutes earlier than the normal timetable.

The Sunday 9:30 Aberystwyth – Birmingham service will now arrive 7 minutes earlier at Shrewsbury (11:18) due to the relaxation of engineering work on the line.

The Saturday 10.33 Holyhead – Cardiff Central service will be re-timed earlier between Newport – Cardiff Central to reduce the journey time between Holyhead and Cardiff by 6 minutes.

The Saturday 14.35 Gloucester – Fishguard Harbour service will be re-timed to depart later from Gloucester at 14.42.  This will reduce the journey time for this service between Gloucester and Newport by 7 minutes. This service will still maintain a connection to Bristol Temple Meads from Severn Tunnel Junction.  

 


Caledonian Sleeper

From Sunday 11 December Caledonian Sleeper are offering early boarding on their Lowland services departing London Euston to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Guests travelling on these services are welcome to board at London Euston from 22:00. There are no changes to the timetable.

 

c2c

The new timetable comes into effect on 9 January 2017, and is designed to take full advantage of the 24 new carriages c2c is adding to its fleet. The timetable, which has been developed in cooperation with local passenger groups, is intended to address the top priorities of passengers in different areas:

- Faster journey times between stations in Southend and London, with eight faster peak trains every day

- Longer trains between stations in Thurrock and London, with seven peak-time trains doubled in length to 8-carriages each day

- More seats available at stations in mid-Essex, with morning peak trains starting from Laindon retimed to run at the busiest times and lengthened to 8-carriages, plus extra carriages for passengers at Basildon and Benfleet

 

Chiltern Railways

A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016.

From 12 December 2016, Chiltern Railways will travel right to the heart of Oxford. Trains leave twice an hour with journey times from just 60 minutes.

     

    CrossCountry 

    No significant changes have been announced for CrossCountry services.

     

    East Midlands Trains

    The new timetable benefits from faster journey times to and from London.

    East Midlands Trains have been working with Network Rail to increase the speed limits on various sections of their network to enable faster journey times to London St Pancras, the biggest line speed improvement since December 2008.

    East Midlands Trains customers in Radcliffe-on-Trent will now benefit from a new timetable, offering new and improved services to Nottingham city centre to the west and Grantham and Skegness to the east.

     

     

    Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

    No significant changes have been made to Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services.

     

    Great Western Railway

    From 1 January 2017 Great Western Railway will be running new, higher capacity electric 'Electrostar' trains between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington. These new trains are fully air conditioned and offer at-seat power points and free Wi-Fi for everyone. They will be introduced over the next few years across the whole of the Thames Valley – including Maidenhead, Reading, Oxford and Newbury.

     

    Gatwick Express

    No significant changes have been made to Gatwick Express services.

    Grand Central

    No significant changes have been made to Grand Central services.

    Great Northern

    No significant changes have been made to Great Northern services.

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    Heathrow Connect

    No significant changes have been made to Heathrow Connect services.

    Heathrow Express

    No significant changes have been made to Heathrow Express services.

    Hull Trains

    No significant changes have been made to Hull Trains services.

    Island Line

    No significant changes have been made to Island Line services.

    London Midland

    Monday - Friday

    There will be extra carriages on some of the busiest London Midland peak time trains to and from London Euston.

    The 05:21 Crewe – London Euston now has an extra 4 carriages from Crewe – Northampton. (8 carriages in total)

    The 17:13 London Euston – Birmingham New Street now has an extra 4 carriages from London Euston to Northampton. (12 carriages in total)

    Extra services from London Euston to Crewe, with extra departures at 19:46 and 20:46

    Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 22:21 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 22:42 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction

    New later service at Hartlebury – the 22:33 Dorridge – Worcester Shrub Hill (23:01 from Birmingham Snow Hill) will now call additionally at Hartlebury at 2346.

    Bescot will have a more frequent service – with up to an extra 26 trains a day

    Saturday

    Bescot will have a more frequent service – with up to an extra 23 trains a day

    Extra early morning and late evening services for Hartlebury

    05:44 Worcester Shrub Hill – Dorridge will now call at Hartlebury at 05:59

    22:33 Dorridge – Worcester Shrub Hill will now call at Hartlebury at 23:45

    Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 22:21 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 22:42 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction

    Sunday

    Earlier Sunday services into Birmingham

    08:52 Rugby – Liverpool Lime Street calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:31

    08:57 Dorridge – Birmingham Snow Hill (due 09:20) new service calling at Birmingham Moor St at 09:18

    09:06 Whitlocks End – Great Malvern calls at Birmingham Moor Street at 09:24

    09:13 Longbridge – Lichfield Trent Valley calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:36

    09:01 Lichfield Trent Valley – Redditch calls at Birmingham New Street at 09:42

    Better connection to London Paddington services from Worcester. The 10:12 Great Malvern – Stratford upon Avon departs 5 minutes earlier at 10:07, to enable you to travel on the Great Western Railway 10:25 service from Worcester Foregate Street – London Paddington service.

    Later services on the Abbey Line with a new 23:04 departure from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and 23:26 departure from St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction.

     

    London Overground

    No significant changes have been announced for London Overground services.

     

    Merseyrail

    Major improvement work will take place on Merseyrail’s Wirral line– including six weeks of full cross-river closure from 3 January 2017. The work, which will also support a new Merseyrail fleet on the network from the early 2020's, is part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region's rail network over the next three years.
     

    Northern

    No significant changes have been made to Northern services.

    ScotRail

    A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016. ScotRail's website has a route by route summary here.

    Southeastern

    The new Southeastern timetable, which will be in place from Sunday 11 December 2016 until May 2017, includes changes to some of its popular commuter services and some Sunday services. Those travelling on any of these trains should check the new timetable before they travel. 

    There’s good news for those travelling from Crofton Park, Bellingham or Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, Knockholt and/or Chelsfield. Crofton Park and Bellingham passengers will gain a new direct fast morning peak service to London Victoria (at present Southeastern trains from Crofton Park and Bellingham either go to London Blackfriars or London St Pancras International) while the hourly service from London Charing Cross to Orpington via Grove Park will be extended to Sevenoaks to provide two trains per hour for Chelsfield, Knockholt and Dunton Green on Sundays.

    As part of the changes, Hayes to London Cannon Street services will be diverted from Lewisham to London Charing Cross and will call additionally at London Bridge and London Waterloo East, but will no longer serve St Johns or New Cross. Similarly, Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross trains will call additionally at London Bridge and London Waterloo East, but will no longer serve St Johns or New Cross.

    In addition, extensive Thameslink related engineering works taking place on Sundays will mean trains to and from New Cross and St Johns will be replaced by bus services. Some of this work is being done at London Charing Cross; when this is the case, services will be diverted to London Cannon Street and some of the diverted services will call at New Cross and St. Johns.  

     

    South West Trains

    The new timetable will be introduced from 11 December 2016. Improvements include:
    • A new peak time weekday service in both directions between London Waterloo, Vauxhall, Richmond, Putney and Twickenham to serve these key local employment centres.
    • A new London Waterloo to Hounslow service on Saturday mornings to give an extra travel option for those travelling to the Brentford and Isleworth areas.
    • A new Ascot to Reading service on weekdays, calling at Wokingham and Bracknell, following feedback received during Wokingham car park works.
     

    Southern

    A new timetable starts on Sunday 11 December 2016, although services will continue to be disrupted due to industrial action.

     

    Thameslink

    No significant changes have been announced for Thameslink services.

    TransPennine Express

    No significant changes have been announced for TransPennine Express services.
     

    Virgin Trains

    No significant changes have been announced for Virgin Trains services.

     

     

    Virgin Trains East Coast

    Virgin Trains East Coast is bolstering weekend services connecting Edinburgh and Newcastle following a surge in passengers crossing the border. Six new departures between the cities will be added from 11 December 2016 in the latest boost to the east coast timetable.

    They include later services from Edinburgh on Friday and Saturday evenings, leaving at 22:01 and 20:00, and three new trains connecting the UK and Scottish capital on Sundays.

    An additional 26 departures per week have been introduced at Morpeth, in Northumberland, with the later Edinburgh departures also calling at Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth.

    10 new weekend services connecting Leeds to London come into place from the 12 December. The extra services will also call at Retford, Doncaster and Wakefield amongst other stops. The addition of further trains which will result in a twice hourly service on Saturdays, will take place in May next year.

    8 new services connecting York to London throughout the week come into place from the 12 December, with an additional 22:57 London departure allowing customers to catch a West-end show or enjoy one more drink with friends before heading home. The extra weekday services will also call at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate and Doncaster and will result in 5,000 extra seats between York and London over the course of a week.