Leaf Fall Timetable Changes - Autumn 2020

Millions of trees grow alongside the railway, dropping thousands of tonnes of leaves onto the tracks throughout the Autumn season.

We love our trees as they are good for the environment. But leaves on the line can cause train delays by sticking to damp rails. Passing trains compress them into a thin black layer on the rail which, much like black ice on the roads, will affect train braking and acceleration.

For everyone's safety this means train drivers must slow down earlier for stations and signals to avoid overshooting them. They must also accelerate more gently to avoid wheel spin. The overall effect can be an increase to your journey time.

To avoid unexpected delays to your journey, the train companies affected will adjust their timetables in the Autumn months to allow for the effects of leaf fall on their worst affected lines.

To find out whether your journey will be affected, please select the train operating company you will be travelling with from the table below.

Avanti West Coast

Information will be published here when available.

c2c

Information will be published here when available.

Caledonian Sleeper

Information will be published here when available.

Chiltern Railways

Information will be published here when available.

CrossCountry

Information will be published here when available.

East Midlands Railway

Information will be published here when available.

Great Western Railway

Information will be published here when available.

Gatwick Express

Train services are currently suspended.

Grand Central

Information will be published here when available.

Great Northern

Information will be published here when available.

Greater Anglia

Information will be published here when available.

Hull Trains

Information will be published here when available.

Heathrow Express

Information will be published here when available.

Island Line

Information will be published here when available.

LNER

Information will be published here when available.

London Northwestern Railway

Information will be published here when available.

London Overground

Information will be published here when available.

Merseyrail

Information will be published here when available.

Northern

Information will be published here when available.

ScotRail

Information will be published here when available.

Southeastern

Information will be published here when available.

Southern

Information will be published here when available.

South Western Railway

Information will be published here when available.

TfL Rail

Information will be published here when available.

Thameslink

Information will be published here when available.

TransPennine Express

Information will be published here when available.

Transport for Wales

Information will be published here when available.

West Midlands Railway

Information will be published here when available.

Last updated:   14 September 2020