Changes to train times


Changes to the National Rail Timetable

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

The current timetable started on Sunday 21 May 2017.

Please select a Train Operator below for more details on the changes made to the timetable from May onwards for their services. All the changes detailed below are showing in the Journey Planner.


Arriva Trains Wales

The main changes to Arriva Trains Wales' timetables from Sunday 21 May 2017 are listed here.


Caledonian Sleeper

No significant changes have been announced for Caledonian Sleeper services.



Since the last set of timetable adjustments in February, c2c have been carefully monitoring every service to see how busy they are and listening to all your feedback. Details of the timetable adjustments made from Monday 22 May are available here.



Chiltern Railways

A new timetable starts on Sunday 21 May 2017.



    No significant changes have been announced for CrossCountry services.


    East Midlands Trains

    A new timetable will be launched on Sunday 21 May offering more trains between Nottingham and Lincoln, and between Nottingham and Grantham.

    There will be extra train services every Sunday offering an hourly service for most of the day.

    On the Lincoln to Nottingham route, there will be an extra seven services throughout the day, with the first train leaving at 08.47, instead of the current first train at 15.08. Six additional services a day will also run from Nottingham to Lincoln, with the first one leaving at 09.30, instead of the current first train at 15.29. All of the new services from Nottingham to Lincoln will stop at Lowdham and Newark Castle, and there will also be extra stops at Hykeham, Swinderby, Collingham, Newark North Gate, Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgarton, Burton Joyce, and Carlton.

    In addition, there will be two extra trains each way every Sunday between Nottingham and Grantham, with all services calling at Bingham.


    Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

    A brand new landmark railway station for Cambridge - Cambridge North - is opening on Sunday 21 May.

    It will serve Cambridge science and business parks and the suburbs and villages north of Cambridge city centre. Trains from both Greater Anglia and Great Northern will call there.


    Great Western Railway

    During the life of the new timetable from Sunday 21 May 2017, Network Rail will be undertaking improvement work in the Swindon, Chippenham and Oxford areas. More information is available here.

    Gatwick Express

    After 21 May 2017, the current arrangements whereby Gatwick Express has no overnight services between 23:30 and 05:00 will continue until further notice.

    Grand Central

    No significant changes have been announced for Grand Central services.

    Great Northern

    Modern air-conditioned trains due to be fitted with Wi-Fi are set to breeze onto Great Northern's Kings Lynn-Cambridge Fen Line route when the train operator launches its new timetable on 21 May 2017.

    The arrival of the new trains coincides with the opening of a new station built by Network Rail and managed by Greater Anglia at Cambridge North, to serve the renowned Cambridge Business Park. Great Northern will have two trains an hour in each direction to the new station from London Kings Cross via Cambridge. One of these trains will continue on to Ely, giving Ely a half hourly Great Northern service in each direction all day, which adds over 3,300 more seats across the day (40% more) by doubling the frequency in the off-peak and plugging service gaps at this station in the peak.


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    Heathrow Connect

    No significant changes have been made to Heathrow Connect services.

    Heathrow Express

    No changes have been made to Heathrow Express services.

    Hull Trains

    Local residents in Cottingham can now get to London even faster and with more convenience thanks to the very first direct Cottingham to London service introduced via Hull Trains.

    The company has been working on plans to improve the village’s connections and give residents the same access to travel services as customers in Hull and Beverley.

    The new, early morning and late evening return service will run 7 days a week from Sunday 21 May 2017.

    Island Line

    No changes have been made to Island Line services.

    London Midland


    07:16 Northampton-Birmingham New Street is retimed and calls additionally at Berkswell at 07:57.

    07:37 Northampton-Birmingham New St ceases to call at Berkswell at 08:21.

    08:49 Birmingham New Street-Hereford, and 10:39 Hereford-Birmingham New Street services are increased from 3 to 5 carriages.

    Minor retimings on the Bedford-Bletchley route to improve connections at Bletchley and Bedford.

    23:18 Birmingham New St-Hednesford will continue to terminate at Walsall for the duration of the timetable owing to planned engineering works associated with modernisation and electrification of the Walsall-Rugeley route. A connecting rail replacement bus will run between Walsall and Hednesford.


    22:14 Nuneaton-Coventry is retimed later at 22:20

    17:09 Dorridge-Kidderminster is extended to Worcester Shrub Hill calling at Hartlebury 18:17, Droitwich 18:26 and Worcester Shrub Hill 18:34.

    05:31 Bletchley-Birmingham New St is retimed to depart Bletchley earlier at 05.22 but then runs as previous from Milton Keynes Central (to permit retiming of the first Bletchley-Bedford service)

    Minor retimings on the Bedford-Bletchley route to improve connections at Bletchley and Bedford.

    Owing to planned engineering works taking place between Weaver Junction and Crewe from 22:30 on Saturdays 27 May to 17 June, and also Saturdays 28 October to 9 December inclusive, the following alterations apply:
    22:04 Liverpool Lime St-Crewe is retimed to depart Liverpool Lime St earlier at 21:48 and runs earlier throughout to Crewe (so it arrives at Crewe before the start of engineering work).
    A rail replacement bus will also operate to depart Liverpool Lime St at 22:04 calling at Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Hartford, Winsford and Crewe.
    On other Saturday dates not referred to above, the 22:04 Liverpool Lime St-Crewe will run normally.


    The following services will now have 5 carriages instead of 3:
    09:29 Stratford upon Avon-Great Malvern
    12:07 Great Malvern-Stratford upon Avon
    14:29 Stratford upon Avon-Worcester Foregate St
    16:26 Worcester Foregate St-Stratford upon Avon
    18:29 Stratford upon Avon-Worcester Shrub Hill
    20:38 Worcester Shrub Hill-Birmingham Moor St
    21:43 Birmingham Moor St-Worcester Shrub Hill

    London Overground

    No significant changes have been made to London Overground services.


    Major improvement work on Merseyrail’s Wirral line continues until 18 June 2017.


    The new Northern timetable starts on Sunday 21 May 2017. A route-by-route link to Northern's timetables can be found here.


    Three Southside stations are set to gain a Sunday train service for the first time.

    From 21 May 2017, Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley, and Nitshill stations will see 12 services in each direction call on Sundays, offering direct links to Glasgow city centre, Kilmarnock, Dumfries and Carlisle.

    Trains will be approximately hourly, the first service to call will be the 08:03 from Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock, with the last being the 19:55 from Kilmarnock to Glasgow.

    The new ScotRail Alliance timetable also begins on 21 May. Customers are being encouraged to check their journeys in advance, as train times for many journeys will be changed slightly.



    Mondays to Fridays

    • The 18:54 train from London Cannon Street to Sidcup (via Bexleyheath) will terminate at Crayford
    • The 01:05 train from Bromley North to Grove Park is withdrawn


    The 01:05 from Bromley North to Grove Park is withdrawn (Sunday morning)


    • London Charing Cross to Hayes services will revert to running to London Cannon Street and will call additionally at New Cross and St Johns, but will not serve London Waterloo East or London Bridge
    • London Charing Cross to Sevenoaks via Grove Park will revert running to London Cannon Street and will call additionally at New Cross and St Johns, but will not serve London Waterloo East or London Bridge
    • The 07:49 service from Tonbridge to London Charing Cross will start back from Hastings at 06:50 calling St Leonards Warrior Square, West St Leonards, Crowhurst, Battle, Robertsbridge, Etchingham,  Stonegate, Wadhurst, Frant, Tunbridge Wells and High Brooms
    • The 07:20 service from Hastings to London Charing Cross will start at 07:31 and will no longer call at West St Leonards, Crowhurst, Robertsbridge, Etchingham, Stonegate or Frant.

    The above changes will provide an earlier train on Sundays on the Hastings Line to London and also provide an earlier fast train from Hastings to London.

    There will be a further timetable change in August 2017 when London Bridge Platform 6 opens.

    Work on the Thameslink Programme will continue to affect services to London Charing Cross, London Waterloo East, London Cannon Street, and London Bridge throughout 2017 especially with closures at weekends and bank holidays.

    There are no Southeastern trains to or from London Charing Cross, London Waterloo East and London Bridge for eight days between 26 August and 3 September 2017 inclusive.


    South West Trains

    The new timetable will run from 21 May to 4 August 2017.

    Between 5 and 28 August 2017 inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend the platforms at London Waterloo. More information on the Waterloo and South West Upgrade can be found here


    From 21 May 2017, to coincide with the launch of the new timetable, there will be a key change to overnight train services from London Victoria and return.

    • Southern trains departing after 00:05 and before 04:52 from London Victoria and return will not run on Sunday to Thursday nights (i.e. the early hours of Monday to Friday mornings) when passenger numbers are lowest.
    • Passengers with Southern tickets will be able to use Thameslink services from London Blackfriars or London St Pancras International to travel between central London, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport/Brighton; late evening and overnight Thameslink services will call additionally at Purley, Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill and Horley as appropriate with some trains also running further than normal, to Haywards Heath and Brighton, to provide an alternative to Southern trains that will not run
    • The Southern night service will be retained on Friday and Saturday nights (i.e. the early hours of Saturday and Sunday) when there is most demand
    • Current arrangements whereby Gatwick Express has no overnight services between 23:30 and 05:00 will continue

    The initiative will give Network Rail more time to carry out essential maintenance and improvement work overnight on the very congested Brighton Main Line, one of the UK’s busiest rail networks.  It will also help Network Rail deliver critical elements of a £300m improvement plan that was announced by the Government in January. Ultimately it will help provide a more reliable and punctual train service and reduce delays for more than 300,000 commuters each day on the Southern network.

    More background information is available on the Southern website.

    TfL Rail

    No significant timetable changes have been announced for TfL Rail services. However, the first of the new Elizabeth Line trains will operate on the TfL Rail route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from May 2017.



    No significant changes have been announced for Thameslink services.

    TransPennine Express

    From Saturday 8 July to Sunday 30 July 2017 inclusive, Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle services will be affected by engineering work taking place between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge and
    will not run between Liverpool Lime Street and Leeds.

    Virgin Trains

    Virgin Trains is strengthening services along the North Wales route (services to/from Holyhead) with double Voyager trains to increase capacity for customers, as part of its improvements to its timetable on the west coast.

    From Sunday 21 May customers travelling on the 10:42 Crewe – Holyhead and 13:55 Holyhead – London Euston services on Sundays will benefit from longer trains and more seats.

    In total, the increased capacity will create an additional 512 seats, which equates to an extra 256 seats on each service.



    Virgin Trains East Coast

    The new timetable starts on Sunday 21 May 2017.