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

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

c2c

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Caledonian Sleeper

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Chiltern Railways

From Monday 5 October until mid-December, a slightly amended leaf fall timetable will run. Individual daily timetables can be found here and a summary of changes can be found below:
  • Trains on the Aylesbury - Amersham - London Marylebone line may depart a few minutes earlier than normal
  • Trains on the line via High Wycombe may arrive into London Marylebone a few minutes later than scheduled

 

CrossCountry

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

East Midlands Railway

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Great Western Railway

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Gatwick Express

Train services are currently suspended.

Grand Central

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Great Northern

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Greater Anglia

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Hull Trains

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Heathrow Express

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Island Line

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

LNER

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

London Northwestern Railway

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

London Overground

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Merseyrail

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Northern

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

ScotRail

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Southeastern

Southeastern are making some small timetable changes this autumn to keep trains running on time.

From 11 October 2020, some morning trains will leave a few minutes earlier. Evening trains will leave London at the same time as usual, but some will arrive at stations along their route a few minutes later. You can check your train using our Journey Planner.

On days when we expect the weather to be at its worst, some services will call less frequently at some stations. These timetable changes give us the extra time we need to drive the trains safely.

Southern

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

South Western Railway

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

TfL Rail

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Thameslink

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

TransPennine Express

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Transport for Wales

You can read here how Transport for Wales and Network Rail have been working closely together all year to prepare and to keep customers moving this autumn and winter.

 

West Midlands Railway

No leaf fall timetable changes have been announced.

Last updated:   08 October 2020