Changes to train times

 

Leaf Fall Timetable Changes 2019

What happens in Autumn?

There are 10 million trees on and next to the railway in Britain and, every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves fall onto the tracks. Windy conditions can cause heavy leaf-fall in a short space of time and rain means they are more likely to stick to the rails. When trains pass over leaves, the heat and weight of the trains bake them into a thin, slippery layer on the rail. This is the black ice of the railway.

Safety and delays

Sometimes trains need to slow down to keep passengers safe. Slippery rails make it hard for trains to accelerate and brake effectively. So, when this happens,
drivers must pull out of stations more slowly and brake much earlier for stations and signals to make sure they stop in time. This can lead to longer journey times and delays.

Network Rail have published an explanatory page on the impact of leaf fall, which is available at https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/looking-after-the-railway/delays-explained/leaves/.

 

Train Operating Company Travel Details

For a summary of the timetable changes for Autumn 2019, please click on your train operator below:

 

Avanti West Coast

No changes.

c2c

No changes.

Caledonian Sleeper

No changes have been announced.

Chiltern Railways

Aylesbury to London Marylebone via Amersham line:

During leaf fall season, trains running to London on the Aylesbury - London via Amersham line will depart 3 minutes earlier than usual. Leaf fall season will run from Monday 7 October until Sunday 22 December 2019 on this line.

Trains running on the above lines may arrive at their final destination up to 3 minutes later than scheduled.

  • Kidderminster - Birmingham - High Wycombe - London Marylebone
  • Stratford - Banbury to London Marylebone
  • Oxford - Bicester Village to London Marylebone
  • Aylesbury to London Marylebone via Princes Risborough

Leaf fall season will run from Sunday 6 October until Saturday 14 December 2019 on the above lines.

CrossCountry

No changes.

East Midlands Railway

Changes will be made to the following East Midlands Railway routes from 7 October to 14 December (Mondays to Saturdays only):

Lincoln - Leicester:
Trains from Lincoln to Leicester will arrive up to 2 minutes later at Nottingham. Trains from Leicester to Lincoln will arrive up to 2 minutes later at Lincoln.

Crewe - Derby:
Trains from Crewe to Derby will arrive up to 2 minutes later at Derby. Trains from Derby to Crewe will arrive up to 3 minutes later at Crewe.

Matlock - Newark Castle:
Trains from Matlock to Newark Castle will depart 1 minute earlier from stations between Matlock and Ambergate. Trains from Newark Castle to Matlock will arrive 1 minute later at Matlock.

Gatwick Express

No changes.

Grand Central

No changes are planned.

Great Western Railway

No changes.

Greater Anglia

From Monday 7 October onwards, midweek trains from Norwich to London Liverpool Street between 05:00 and 07:05 inclusive will be retimed to depart from Norwich up to 5 minutes EARLIER.

No other Greater Anglia changes are planned.

Great Northern

No changes.

Heathrow Express

No changes.

Hull Trains

No changes.

Island Line

No changes.

London Northwestern Railway

No changes.

London North Eastern Railway

No changes.

London Overground

No changes.

Merseyrail

Journey times will be extended by up to 5 minutes on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines.

Northern

Northern will be introducing leaf-fall timetables on the following routes:

  • Newcastle – Carlisle
  • Manchester Victoria – Clitheroe
  • Manchester Piccadilly – Buxton
  • Manchester Piccadilly – New Mills Central / Rose Hill Marple
  • Sheffield – Huddersfield

    

These changes will involve minor re-timings to trains so overall journey times will be extended slightly. In some cases, trains will depart earlier than in the current timetable.

ScotRail

No timetable changes have been announced. The ScotRail Alliance is investing millions of pounds to keep people moving during autumn, and more information on these initiatives is available here.

South Western Railway

Leaf Fall timetables will be introduced on the following routes from 6 October until 14 December 2019:

  • Dorking and Chessington to London Waterloo
  • Guildford via Effingham Junction to London Waterloo
  • Reading and Ascot to London Waterloo
  • Windsor and Feltham to London Waterloo

Southeastern

Changes to some train times will be made on a number of Southeastern routes from Monday 7 October:

Monday to Friday:
Trains on the following lines may be retimed by a few minutes at peak times - Hastings Line, Maidstone East Line, Canterbury East Line, Medway Valley Line, Canterbury West Line, Chatham Main Line, Dover Line.

Saturday:
Trains on the following lines may be retimed by a few minutes between 05:00 and 08:00 - Hastings Line, Maidstone East Line, Canterbury East Line, Canterbury West Line, Chatham Main Line, Dover Line.

Sunday:
Trains on the following lines may be retimed by a few minutes between 06:30 and 09:30 - Hastings Line, Maidstone East Line, Canterbury East Line, Canterbury West Line, Chatham Main Line, Dover Line.

More information from Southeastern on their Autumn timetable changes can be found here. You can use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner to check if your train has been retimed.

Southern

No changes.

Stansted Express

No changes.

TfL Rail

No changes.

Thameslink

No changes.

TransPennine Express

No changes.

Transport for Wales

No changes have been announced.

West Midlands Railway

From Monday 14 October until Friday 29 November, trains between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch / Bromsgrove will run to an amended timetable. This applies to Monday to Friday services only.

 

Last updated:   09 December 2019