Changes to train times


Changes to the National Rail Timetable

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

***Please note, Great Northern, Thameslink and Northern timetables are undergoing changes. Please click here for further information.***

The current timetable is for Sunday 20 May 2018 to Saturday 8 December 2018.

Please select a Train Operator below for more details on the changes made to the timetable from May 2018 onwards for their services.


Arriva Trains Wales

A new timetable will be introduced from Sunday 20 May 2018. More details here.

Caledonian Sleeper

The overnight Caledonian Sleeper rail service will be transformed by the introduction of their new £100m fleet later this year. The new trains will initially be introduced on the Lowlander route between Glasgow / Edinburgh and London from October 2018. There will then be a phased transition on the Highlander route, which serves Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness.


From Sunday 20 May c2c will be making minor alterations to a handful of services to improve the reliability and efficiency of their timetable.

A limited number of afternoon and evening services will have changes to their stopping patterns to ensure the frequency of service at some individual stations is more evenly distributed.

Timetables are available to view here.

Chiltern Railways

Changes in the new timetable from 20 May are targeted to improve performance and create capacity, these include:

Weekday changes

  • 09:10 Oxford-London Marylebone no longer stops at Beaconsfield at 09:57
  • 09:07 Banbury-London Marylebone stops additionally at Beaconsfield at 10:03, but no longer stops at Gerrards Cross at 10:08
  • 08:22 Birmingham Snow Hill-London Marylebone calls additionally at Gerrards Cross at 10:16
  • 19:01 Oxford-London Marylebone (retimed 19:02) now calls at Islip, however the 19:28 Oxford-London Marylebone no longer calls at Islip
  • A new train runs from High Wycombe-London Marylebone at 22:08, however the 22:51 High Wycombe–London Marylebone no longer runs.
  • 23:16 Aylesbury-London Marylebone calls additionally at Wembley Stadium.
  • On Fridays a new train runs from Oxford-London Marylebone at 23:35
  • An additional carriage is added to evening peak trains to stations including High Wycombe, Princes Risborough, Bicester Village, Islip, Oxford Parkway and Oxford on the London Marylebone–Oxford trains at 16:50, 17:18, 17:50, 19:50. These changes also mean an extra carriage on the 13:35, 14:06 and 14:35 London Marylebone–Oxford trains.

Weekend changes

Some trains towards London may depart one or two minutes later, however most will arrive in London at the same time.


A brief summary of the changes to the CrossCountry timetable are listed below.

  • Macclesfield now has 2 CrossCountry services call at this station most hours of the day in each direction, offering increased customer choice and improved connections.
  • Nottingham to Cardiff services will depart slightly earlier calling additionally at Beeston and Long Eaton, whilst services which depart at 41 minutes past the hour will run non-stop to Derby.

Timetables are available to view here.

East Midlands Trains

There will be significant changes in the May 2018 timetable, caused by the Thameslink Programme in London and by the Midland Mainline Upgrade. This will particularly affect your journey to and from Wellingborough, Bedford and Luton.

More details are available here.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Rail passengers in East Anglia are set to benefit from more trains and over 7,000 extra seats per week when Greater Anglia’s summer timetable begins on 20 May.

Extra summer Sunday services will operate on the Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester to London route, between Norwich and Lowestoft, and between Ipswich and Peterborough. There will also be additional summer services on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth line.

There will be two extra services between Cambridge and Bishops Stortford.

Some services in the new timetable have been slightly retimed and there will be rail replacement services at weekends between Ipswich and Felixstowe due to engineering works.

Great Western Railway

Timetables for the period from 20 May to 9 September 2018 are available here.

Gatwick Express

A new timetable will be introduced from Sunday 20 May 2018. More details here.

Grand Central

Timetable information for May 2018 onwards from Grand Central is available here.

Great Northern

A new timetable will be introduced from Sunday 20 May 2018. More details here.

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express are unaffected by the Heathrow Connect / TfL Rail / Elizabeth Line changes that are happening in May. The Heathrow Express rail service has been preserved to at least 2028 under a new agreement announced recently.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains timetables from 20 May onwards are available here.

Island Line

The timetable effective from 20 May is available here.

London Northwestern Railway

Timetables for services from 20 May 2018 onwards are available here.

London Overground

Timetables for services from 20 May 2018 onwards are available here


The new station at Maghull North will open on Monday 18 June. The new station is located between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail's Northern Line. The opening of Maghull North means a new timetable will operate on the Northern Line.

Alongside this, between Saturday 2 June and Sunday 29 July, the Liverpool Lime Street Upgrade reaches its final major phase before completion in October 2018. Merseyrail expect a lot of extra passengers to use their network during this period, and because of this, they have had to make temporary timetable changes.

More information is available here.


As part of the new timetable, departure times and the Manchester stations where some services travel to and from across the Pennines will change. Northern customers are being asked to take note of the changes to the services, and think about your onward journey whether on foot, by tram or on the bus. Timetables are available here.


Work is well underway to deliver the next phase of electrification of central Scotland's railway, on routes linking Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts, as well as to Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa. ScotRail are working to deliver the Scottish Government's strategic investment to electrify the railway in central Scotland, allowing the introduction of more seats and better services.

In the north of the country, works are ongoing to improve the Aberdeen to Inverness line in order to provide a more frequent and reliable service. As part of this, the track will be redoubled, bridge works will be carried out and the signalling system will be upgraded between Aberdeen and Dyce. Ongoing until 19 August 2018, buses will replace trains between Aberdeen and Dyce and journey times will be extended.

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Southeastern will be making major changes to train times in the May timetable. There will be more services, and new journey opportunities for many Southeastern stations.

There will be new Thameslink connections from London Bridge every few minutes to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, London St Pancras International and Luton Airport. There will also be new direct Thameslink services from some Southeastern stations.

More details of how this may affect you from 20 May is available here.

South Western Railway

The timetables effective from 20 May are available here.


A new timetable will be introduced from Sunday 20 May 2018 and Southern are advising that the times of every train will change.

More details here.

TfL Rail

The timetable for the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield service from 20 May is available here.

The timetable for the new London Paddington to Heathrow Airport service from 20 May is available here.


A new timetable will be introduced from Sunday 20 May 2018 and Thameslink are advising that the times of every train will change.

The first phase of the RailPlan20/20 transformation begins in May with a new direct Thameslink service via Hitchin and Stevenage across central London between Cambridge, Gatwick and Brighton, and Peterborough, Gatwick and Horsham. It will also deliver more frequent off-peak services between Hertford North and Moorgate.

More details here.

TransPennine Express

From Sunday 20 May 2018 TransPennine Express will be introducing major timetable changes across the North of England and Scotland:

  • Journeys between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will become much faster, taking just 35 minutes (compared to the current 52) on the new route between Manchester and Liverpool via Newton-le-Willows and Lea Green
  • Two fast services every hour between Newcastle and Manchester calling at York, Leeds and Huddersfield (with the majority also calling at Durham)
  • Six trains an hour between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. Two of these hourly services will begin calling at intermediate stations (previously served by Northern) between Manchester and Leeds, providing these communities with direct connections to Leeds and faster journeys to Manchester
  • New hourly evening services between Hull and Manchester
  • More services on Sundays from Middlesbrough and Hull
  • Earlier and later services on weekdays from Scarborough and Middlesbrough
  • Services to and from Scotland will run direct between Preston and Manchester Piccadilly, and will no longer call at Wigan North Western and Manchester Oxford Road
  • TransPennine Express services will no longer operate on the route via Birchwood, Warrington Central or Liverpool South Parkway

Virgin Trains

The timetables for Virgin Trains services from 20 May 2018 onwards are available here.

London North Eastern Railway

The timetable for services from 20 May 2018 onwards is available here.

West Midlands Railway

Timetables for services from 20 May 2018 onwards are available here.

Last updated:   16 August 2018