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 17 May 2015. 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.

 

Abellio Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

An extra morning and afternoon service will operate in each direction between Norwich and London improving frequency at busy times, through an additional 08:20 and 15:20 Norwich to London service and 11:00 and 18:00 London to Norwich service. These extra trains will operate on Sundays until 27 September.

A new hourly summer Sunday service will be introduced between Norwich and Lowestoft (in each direction) with extra trains running until Sunday 27 September. Currently a two-hourly frequency operates. The extra trains (in addition to the existing two-hourly service) will depart Norwich at: 08:05, 10:05, 12:05, 14:05, 16:05, 18:05 and 20:05. And from Lowestoft at: 08:56, 10:56, 12:56, 14:56, 16:56, 18:56 and 20:56. An extra Sunday service in each direction will also run between these dates on the Lowestoft to Ipswich route over the busy late afternoon / early evening period, departing Lowestoft at 17:05 and Ipswich at 19:07.

In addition to these new Sunday services, the traditional extra summer Saturday services will operate between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on Saturdays from 23 May until 5 September inclusive. The extra trains (in addition to the scheduled hourly Saturday service) will depart Norwich at: 09:06, 09:55, 10:25, 11:20, 12:18, 13:18, 14:18 and 15:18. And from Great Yarmouth at: 09:47, 10:42, 11:14, 11:55, 12:55, 13:55, 14:55 and 15:55.

On Sundays, an additional service (to supplement the scheduled timetable) will also operate between Ipswich and Felixstowe and Ipswich and Peterborough from 17 May until 6 September inclusive. These extra trains will depart Ipswich for Peterborough at 07:55 and Felixstowe at 09:55. An extra service will depart Peterborough for Ipswich at 09:50 and Felixstowe for Ipswich at 10:25. All other Sunday services on the Ipswich to Felixstowe / Peterborough routes will run as per the existing Sunday timetable.

 

Arriva Trains Wales

Swansea – Shrewsbury - Cambrian Coast-Chester - Birmingham

On the Cambrian line, four additional return services will operate between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, Mondays - Saturdays, with hourly services for peak morning and afternoon times, leaving Aberystwyth at 06:30, 08:30, 12:30 and 18:30. & from Shrewsbury at 06:25, 10:29, 18:31 and 20:30

There will also be two new return Sunday services, leaving Aberystwyth at 10:30 and 14:33 and 16:29 and 18:28 from Shrewsbury.

There is also an improvement to evening services on the Cambrian Coast between Barmouth and Pwllheli (Monday to Saturdays). The 18:59 ( Friday only) Machynlleth to Barmouth service has now been extended to run Mondays to Saturdays and will now carry on to Pwllheli calling at Llanaber, Harlech, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Penychain and Abererch only.

On the Heart of Wales line, there will be extra journeys between Llandovery and Gowerton/Swansea and between Llandrindod and Shrewsbury/Crewe offering good morning commuting opportunities on Mondays – Fridays.

In order to implement the additional services, some services have been retimed with some services leaving EARLIER than usual. In particular, the 07:54 Craven Arms / 08:07 Church Stretton to Shrewsbury will now leave at 07:24 and 07:37 respectively in order to deliver the above service frequency enhancements. This morning commuter service will now also terminate at Crewe (calling at Yorton, Wem, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Nantwich) and will provide convenient connections to Manchester, London and Scotland services.

South Wales - North Wales - Manchester

The one minute earlier departure of the current 05:32 Shrewsbury to Crewe (Monday to Friday) service will link in with the 06:27 Crewe to Manchester service.

The current 14:30 (Sat) Manchester Piccadilly to Milford Haven has been retimed to depart Crewe at 15:09 and the 19:30 (Sat) Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central has been retimed to depart Crewe at 20:09. This is to improve connectivity with Virgin services from Scotland (12:00 Glasgow to London Euston and 16:52 Edinburgh to London Euston respectively).

The 04:49 (Mon-Fri) Crewe to Milford Haven will now depart Swansea at 09:04 ( 3 minutes later) in order to connect with the First Great Western 05:20 Paddington to Swansea service.

The 09:07 (Mon-Fri) Whitland to Fishguard Harbour will now start Swansea at 08:14 and will not stop at Carmarthen. Carmarthen customers wanting to go to Fishguard will now be required to take the 08:43 Carmarthen to Pembroke Dock and change at Whitland.

The 13:30 (Mon-Fri) Manchester Piccadilly to Tenby will call additionally at Llanharan providing an extra commuting option for customers from Cardiff Central at 17:04.

The 20:35 (Sun) Swansea to Carmarthen has been retimed to start at 20:50 to improve operational effectiveness.

The 22:42 (Sat) Cardiff Central to Carmarthen has been retimed to depart Cardiff Central EARLIER at 22:35 and to depart Swansea EARLIER at 00:08 (Sun) in order to connect with the First Great Western from London Paddington to Swansea service.

North Wales – Chester – Crewe – Warrington - Manchester

The 16:06 (Mon-Fri) Llandudno to Manchester Piccadilly has been retimed to start at 16:16

The 16:25 (Mon-Fri) Llandudno Jn to Chester has been retimed to start 7 minutes EARLIER at 16:18.

Valleys and Cardiff local routes (including Ebbw Vale)

The 17:32 Penarth to Rhymney has been retimed to depart Bargoed six minutes EARLIER at 18:38.

Caledonian Sleeper

There are no changes to the timetable

c2c

No major changes

Chiltern Railways

No major changes

CrossCountry 

There are no major changes to the timetable

East Midlands Trains

London Services

The Scarborough summer service will be available on Saturdays to 5 September. The 06:37 London to York service will arrive at Scarborough at 11:08. The return journey will depart Scarborough at 17:03.

Liverpool - Norwich

An additional Sunday services will run until 5 September - the 09:52 Nottingham to Norwich and the 10:49 Sheffield to Norwich. The 12:40 Nottingham to Liverpool will start from Norwich at 09:57 

Nottingham - Derby - Matlock

New destinations will be available to Newark Castle, as a result of the majority of weekday Matlock to Nottingham services being extended.

An additional Saturday service will run from Derby to Skegness at 07:53 between 25 July and 5 September. The return journey will depart Skegness at 11:40.

On Sundays until 5 September, the 18:22 Nottingham to Derby service will start at Skegness at 16:22.

There are some slight extensions to journey times from 5 October to account for leaf-fall conditions.

Nottingham - Worksop

On Sundays, the 08:52 Mansfield to Nottingham service will be extended through to Skegness. The 20:25 Nottingham to Mansfield service will start from Skegness at 18:07.

There are some slight extensions to journey times from 5 October to account for leaf-fall conditions.

Derby - Crewe

There are some slight extensions to journey times from 5 October to account for leaf-fall conditions.

Doncaster - Peterborough

There are some changes to arrival and departure times, to enable quicker journey times on the route.

Nottingham - Skegness

The 08:50 Nottingham to Skegness weekday service will depart five minutes earlier from all stations.

An additional Saturday service will operate between 25 July and 5 September, departing Nottingham at 08:24, and returning from Skegness at 11:40.

Leicester - Cleethorpes

There are significant improvements to the weekday timetable between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln, with additional services, more seats and faster journey times.

Stations along the route will benefit from between 2 and 19 additional services, and many will run through to Matlock via Derby, offering new destinations.

Sunday services to/from Cleethorpes are reintroduced for the summer period, until 6 September.

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First Great Western

Thames Valley

Some trains will call additionally at Iver & Langley on Monday to Friday

Marlow Branch Line

An addition through service will run at 16:42 from London Paddington to Bourne End at 17:24 (first stop Maidenhead at 17:11) stopping Furze Platt 17:16 and Cookham 17:20, with connecting service to Marlow

Connecting times will be reduced at Maidenhead to create slightly quicker journeys from London to stations on the Bourne End/Marlow branch.

South Cotswold

Some trains between Cheltenham Spa and London will be retimed

North Cotswold

Some trains are retimed with amended stops on some routes

London to South Wales & Oxford stopping services

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the London to South Wales services will run up to 5 minutes earlier from Reading to typically Bristol Parkway/Cardiff Central.

 

London to Oxford stopping services will in general cease to be overtaken at Didcot Parkway and run earlier to Oxford

West of England services

Some minor changes. Between May and September, some trains on the St Ives - St Erth line will not run between Leland Saltings and St Erth

Melksham Sunday services

The current service from Swindon is at 09:26, 11:41, 14:51 / 17:28 / 18:24 & 19:53 and from Westbury 08:35, 10:32, 13:32, 16:29, 17:20, 18:50 & 19:40

The proposed service is more evenly spaced from Swindon at 09:26, 11:28, 13:28 / 15:28 / 17:28 & 19:53 and from Westbury 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30 & 19:40.

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First Hull Trains

There are no changes to the timetable

First TransPennine Express

No major changes

Gatwick Express

To be confirmed

Grand Central

No changes to the timetable

Great Northern

There are no major changes to the timetable

Heathrow Connect

There are no major changes to the timetable

Heathrow Express

There are no major changes to the timetable

Island Line

To be confirmed

London Midland

New stations at Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park

New stations open at Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park on the Coventry-Nuneaton line during the validity of the timetable (expected to be Sunday 21st June). All services between Coventry and Nuneaton call additionally at these new stations thereafter with minor changes to Coventry and Nuneaton departure times from the start of the timetable to accommodate the extended overall journey time.

More trains calling at Hartford

On Mondays to Saturdays, more Liverpool Lime Street - Birmingham New Street services will call at Hartford and Penkridge.

More trains calling at Bletchley

  • Mondays-Fridays 06:14 Birmingham New St-London Euston calls additionally at Bletchley at 07:59
  • Mondays-Saturdays 08:49 London Euston-Birmingham New St calls additionally at Bletchley at 09:24
  • Mondays-Saturdays 09:49 London Euston-Birmingham New St calls additionally at Bletchley at 10:24

Other changes:

Mondays-Saturdays:

  • 17:37 Bedford-Bletchley is retimed 3 minutes later throughout so to afford an improved connection on Mondays-Fridays from London St. Pancras at Bedford.
  • 19:21 Bedford-Bletchley is retimed 2 minutes later throughout to afford an improved connection from Nottingham and Leicester at Bedford.

Mondays-Fridays:

  • 05:38 Bletchley-London Euston calls additionally at Bushey at 0620.
  • 07:24 London Euston-Milton Keynes Central departs Bletchley 3 minutes later at 0819 to connect from the 0731 Bedford-Bletchley service.
  • 08:31 Bedford-Bletchley is retimed 3 minutes later throughout to afford an improved connection from Nottingham and Leicester at Bedford.
  • 20:13 London Euston-Crewe ceases to call at Stafford, but calls additionally at Stoke on Trent at 2249, and arrives Crewe 5 minutes later at 2309.
  • 06:18 Birmingham International-Liverpool Lime St calls additionally at Coseley at 0647
  • 17:34 Liverpool Lime St-Birmingham New St calls additionally at Winsford at 1809

Saturdays:

  • 06:18 Birmingham International-Birmingham New St and 0636 Birmingham New St-Liverpool Lime St combined to run as a through Birmingham International-Liverpool Lime St service calling additionally at Coseley at 0647.
  • 06:45 Worcester Shrub Hill-Great Malvern new service calling at Worcester Foregate St and Malvern Link (with a connection from Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa at Worcester Shrub Hill).
  • 07:35 Worcester Shrub Hill-Birmingham New St is extended to start back from Great Malvern at 0717 so to run Great Malvern-Birmingham New St calling at Malvern Link, Worcester Foregate St and then forward as previous from Worcester Shrub Hill.
  • 07:35 Great Malvern-Whitlocks End starts forward from Worcester Foregate St at 0747 (replaced from Great Malvern by the service above with a connection between trains available at Worcester Foregate St).
  • 22:08 Birmingham New St-Worcester Shrub Hill new service calling at Droitwich Spa at 2234 and arriving Worcester Shrub Hill at 2243. (This offers a later New St-Worcester Shrub Hill service after the current last service on this route at the early time of 2059).
  • 18:19 Whitlocks End-Birmingham Snow Hill starts back from Stratford upon Avon at 1754 so to run Stratford upon Avon-Birmingham Snow Hill calling at Stratford Parkway, Wilmcote, Henley in Arden and forward as previous from Whitlocks End.

 

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London Overground

From the 31 May, London Overground will start to run services between London Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford and also between Romford and Upminster.
More information is available here

Merseyrail

No changes to the timetable

Northern Rail

North East

On Mondays to Fridays the 21:10 Middlesbrough to Newcastle is extended through to Hexham, as the 22:35 departure from Newcastle, providing later evening journey connectivity.

On Sundays an increase in service between Sunderland and Middlesbrough will see an hourly frequency introduced between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. In addition to improving local line of route journey opportunity this will provide improved connectivity at Thornaby to/from the TPE network.

Yorkshire

The Leeds Northwest electric service between Leeds, Ilkley, Bradford and Skipton is rewritten in readiness for the new stations being built at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge, which are due to open later in the year. This includes one additional SX service at 0832 Leeds to Bradford FS.

Some minor retiming of services on the Leeds – Harrogate – York route, to present a more punctual service throughout the route.

Some minor retiming of services on the Hull – Bridlington – Scarborough route, to present a more punctual service throughout the route.

Cumbria

There will be major timetable changes on the Cumbrian Coast route between Carlisle, Barrow and Lancaster.

Northern Rail will be introducing two locomotive hauled trains on the route. The locomotive hauled trains will take longer to complete the journey than the normal trains, so there are major timetable revisions. Some services will depart earlier than now and/or arrive at destinations later than now.

On Mondays to Fridays, the following specific alterations will take place:

  • The 05:19 Preston to Carlisle will be split at Barrow. Through passengers will need to change trains, but connections will be available.
  • The 10:02 Morecambe to Carlisle will be amended to start from Preston at 1004 (a separate train will run between Morecambe and Lancaster), and will be split at Barrow. Through passengers will need to change trains there, but connections will be available.
  • There will be a new 1830 Barrow to Workington, providing a later last service north of Millom, and replacing the current 1805 Barrow to Millom.
  • The 2120 Lancaster to Barrow will start from Preston at 2109.
  • The 1108 and 2113 Preston to Morecambe services will now start from Lancaster.
  • The 0559 Maryport to Preston will start from Carlisle at 0515 and the 0622 Whitehaven to Barrow will start from Maryport at 0646, providing new journey opportunities for commuters to Sellafield.
  • The 1512 Carlisle to Preston will be split at Barrow. Through passengers will need to change trains, but connections will be available.

On Saturdays, the following specific alterations will take place:

  • The 11:26 Barrow to Whitehaven and 12:54 Whitehaven to Carlisle will be combined into a through train, at 11:38 from Barrow to Carlisle.
  • The 05:59 Maryport to Preston will start from Carlisle at 05:15, and will be split at Barrow. Through passengers will need to change trains but connections will be available.
  • The 11:38 Carlisle to Whitehaven and 12:54 Whitehaven to Lancaster will be combined into a through train, at 11:56 from Carlisle to Lancaster.
  • There will also be changes to which services call at Nethertown and Braystones on both Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays, as well as the general retimings, so customers need to check
  • journeys carefully before travelling.

Manchester – Todmorden – Burnley – Blackburn

New through services will be introduced between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Burnley, over the newly reopened Todmorden Curve.

An hourly service will operate seven days a week, generally by extending those services which currently terminate or start at Todmorden, but some services will be entirely additional.

Journey times between Manchester and Burnley will be approximately 50 minutes (slightly longer for some journeys).

Trains will run as follows:

From Manchester to Burnley and Blackburn:

  • Mondays to Fridays at 05:50 and broadly hourly until 21:01, then 22:50.
  • Saturdays at 06:56 and broadly hourly until 23:01.
  • Sundays at 08:40 and broadly hourly until 20:40, then 21:50.

From Blackburn to Burnley and Manchester:

  • Mondays to Fridays at 06:15 and broadly hourly until 20:20, then 21:36 and 22:36.
  • Saturdays at 07:19 and broadly hourly until 20:20, then 21:37 and 22:36.
  • Sundays at 08:18 and broadly hourly until 20:18, then 21:28 and 22:08.

North West Electrification

Additional four carriage electric trains will be introduced on the newly electrified routes in the north west, with ten trains in service each day. Most services between Liverpool and Manchester Airport, between Liverpool and Manchester Victoria and between Liverpool and Wigan North Western will be operated by class 319s.

The timetable is unchanged, except that on Mondays to Fridays the 1800 Liverpool to Blackpool North will terminate at Preston, with alternative connections available to Blackpool.

ScotRail

From the beginning of the timetable, four routes will see enhancements to train services at weekends:

  • New Sunday service between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal
  • New Sunday service between Edinburgh and Newcraighall
  • Trains calling at Duke St, Alexandra Parade and Barnhill on Sundays
  • An additional early morning Saturday service in both directions between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban

There are also two significant events that occur during the course of the timetable:

  • For six weeks from Saturday 13th June, Winchburgh Tunnel (on the main line between Glasgow Queen St and Edinburgh via Falkirk High) will close as part of the project to enhance and electrify this route.
  • The new line between Edinburgh/Newcraighall and Tweedbank is planned to open for passenger service on Sunday 6th September

Southeastern

Major changes include:

  • A minimum of four trains an hour on all Metro routes out of London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street between Monday and Saturday
  • Additional evening services from London Cannon Street – Orpington and Orpington – London Cannon Street between Monday and Saturday
  • Additional evening services from London Charing Cross to Hayes between Monday and Saturday
  • Additional evening service from Slade Green to London Cannon Street via Greenwich on Saturdays
  • Additional evening services from London Cannon Street to Dartford via Sidcup on Saturdays
  • Most Saturday Metro services to and from London Cannon Street and London Charing Cross on Saturdays to be formed of at least eight carriagesAdditional stops at Bromley South on some evening services from Blackfriars to Dover between Monday and Friday
  • Additional services at 00:04 and 00:34 between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • London Charing Cross – Hastings services to be formed of eight carriages all day on Sundays
  • Trains serving the Kent coast at weekends between 17 May and 6 September extended to eight or twelve carriages to cater for the increase in summer traffic.

More information is available from the the Southeastern website

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South West Trains

To be confirmed

 

Southern

Southern recently made changes to the morning and evening peak timetable to help improve the reliability of train services. These changes continue into the May timetable. Details of all the recent changes can are here.

 

Thameslink

No major changes to the timetable

Virgin Trains

To be confirmed 

Virgin Trains East Coast

To be confirmed