Advice for multi-leg journeys.


Connections between trains cannot be guaranteed. The nature of the integrated operation of railway passenger services means that to delay one train to await customers from a late-running train arriving at a station may cause significant disruption to many other customers when they make connections at other stations along the route.

Every endeavour is made to minimise the total disruption and particular attention is given to services operating infrequently and the last train services each day.The aim of all Train Companies is to run punctually, but inevitably some disruption occurs from time to time.

When planning a journey you may wish to consider the effects which any disruption could have and to allow some contingency margin when planning connections.

Main interchange stations

The main interchange stations on the National Rail network are listed below. Click here to search for information on facilities at these stations

  • Ashford International
  • Barking
  • Basingstoke
  • Birmingham International
  • Birmingham New Street
  • Brighton
  • Bristol Parkway
  • Bristol Temple Meads
  • Cambridge
  • Carlisle
  • Chester
  • Colchester
  • Coventry
  • Crewe
  • Darlington
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • East Croydon
  • Edinburgh
  • Ely
  • Exeter St Davids
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Glasgow Central
  • Glasgow Queen Street
  • Grantham
  • Guildford
  • Ipswich
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool Lime Street
  • Macclesfield
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Milton Keynes Central
  • Newark North Gate
  • Newcastle
  • Newport (South Wales)
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Nuneaton
  • Oxenholme Lake District
  • Oxford
  • Peterborough
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • Rugby
  • Salisbury
  • Sheffield
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southampton Airport Parkway
  • Southampton Central
  • Stafford
  • Stevenage
  • Stockport
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Swansea
  • Tonbridge
  • Wakefield Westgate
  • Warrington Bank Quay
  • Watford Junction
  • Wigan North Western
  • Wimbledon
  • Woking
  • Wolverhampton
  • York

Other useful transfer times

There may be other forms of public transport linking National Rail stations, such as buses, which will decrease the time between connections. The table below shows the average walking time between stations.

From To

Transfer time on foot

Ash Vale North Camp 19mins
Bicester North Bicester Village 30mins
Burnley Central Burnley Manchester Road 25mins
Burscough Bridge Burscough Junction 20mins
Canterbury East Canterbury West 25mins
Catford Catford Bridge 10mins
Clock House Kent House 15mins
Dorchester South Dorchester West 15mins
Dorking Dorking Deepdene 9mins
Edenbridge Edenbridge Town 20mins
Enfield Chase Enfield Town 29mins
Falkirk High Falkirk Grahamston 44mins
Farnborough Main Farnborough North 24mins
Forest Gate Wanstead Park 13mins
Gainsborough Central Lea Road 33mins
Harringay Harringay Green Lanes 14mins
Heath High Level Heath Low Level 10mins
Hertford North Hertford East 34mins
Maidstone Barracks Maidstone East 16mins
New Mills Central New Mills Newtown 25mins
Penge East Penge West 19mins
Seven Sisters South Tottenham 14mins
Southend Central Southend Victoria 17mins
Upper Warlingham Whyteleafe 10mins
Walthamstow Central Walthamstow Queens Road 14mins
West Hampstead West Hampstead Thameslink 11mins
Windsor and Eton Central Windsor and Eton Riverside 14mins
Yeovil Junction Yeovil Pen Mill