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 is for Sunday 9 December 2018 to Saturday 18 May 2019. The next timetable starts on Sunday 19 May 2019 and will operate until Saturday 14 December 2019.

Please select a Train Operator below for details on the changes to be made to the timetable from May 2019 onwards for their services.


Caledonian Sleeper

More information to follow.


New additional fast trains will run between Southend and central London, taking that service from 4 trains per hour to 5 trains per hour.

Chiltern Railways

Two existing services will be joined together to create a direct service between London and Stratford-upon-Avon, doubling the number of weekday services.


Extra weekend trains will run between Exeter and Bristol, and between Exeter and Birmingham.

East Midlands Trains

Some journey time improvements on a small number of peak time services.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Improvements are planned to services between London and Norwich / Ipswich. More information to follow.


Great Western Railway

An extra morning service will run between Cheltenham and London, and an extra evening service between London and Cheltenham.

Extra weekday services will run between Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.

Gatwick Express

More information to follow.

Grand Central

More information to follow.

Great Northern

More information to follow.

Heathrow Express

More information to follow.

Hull Trains

More information to follow.

Island Line

More information to follow.

London Northwestern Railway

More direct services will run from local stations to London, the West Midlands and the North West.

There will be more early, late and weekend services.

London North Eastern Railway

More information to follow.

London Overground

More information to follow.


More information to follow.


Northern will be introducing direct services between Chester and Leeds, between Hull and Scarborough, and between Sheffield and Gainsborough.


There will be additional Sunday services between Glasgow, Fort William and Mallaig. Also faster journeys between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa.


There will be faster journeys on the Maidstone East line.

South Western Railway

During the morning peak times, there will be 2 additional Reading to London Waterloo services. Also an additional Ascot to Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo, and Hounslow to London Waterloo service.

During the evening peak times, there will be 2 additional London Waterloo to Farnham (via Ascot) services, one additional London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside service, and 2 additional Reading to Ascot services.

There will also be:

  • 2 additional fast Portsmouth to London Waterloo services in the morning peak,  and an additional evening peak service to Guildford /Haslemere.
  • A new half-hourly service between Farnham and Guildford.
  • Extra later evening services from London Waterloo to Salisbury, and London Waterloo to Portsmouth.
  • On Sundays, there will be a new Salisbury to Reading (via Basingstoke) service.
  • On the south coast, there will be some additional services between Weymouth/Poole/Southampton and London Waterloo during peak times.
  • Extra weekday and weekend services from Yeovil to London Waterloo calling at Castle Cary, Bruton and Frome.



More information to follow.

TfL Rail

Additional services will run out of London Liverpool Street and London Paddington stations.


An additional train each hour will run direct between Brighton and Cambridge, with two direct trains per hour now running each way. During the rush hours this will add 36 carriages and around 2,000 extra seats from these towns into London.

TransPennine Express

More information to follow.

Transport for Wales

New services will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Chester via Runcorn. An hourly service will run, with peak time extensions to Wrexham General.

Virgin Trains

More information to follow.

West Midlands Railway

There will be more early, late and weekend services.

Last updated:   19 March 2019