Travel Updates

 

Temporary Timetable Changes

Normally, the timetable for any particular day is confirmed 12 weeks in advance. For a temporary period Network Rail isn’t able to do this, instead confirming timetables approximately 6 weeks in advance.  This means that for some routes online journey planners, including National Rail Enquiries, will not be completely accurate until approximately 6 weeks before travel.

What does this mean for customers?

For the overwhelming majority of customers there is no impact, particularly if they travel Mondays to Fridays other than in the late evening.

Timetables

Where engineering work is taking place, details about the train times and schedules for any replacement buses will not be available until approximately 6 weeks before. Be aware that the normal timetable will show in journey planners up until this point. Where we are aware that the timetable is not yet correct, the National Rail Enquiries journey planner will show a yellow warning triangle against the trains concerned.

Advance tickets

Customers are advised to try and book as normal. Advance tickets for many routes will still go on sale 12 weeks in advance, but where they don’t will be available from approximately 6 weeks before the date of travel. Many train companies let customers sign up through their website to receive an email when Advance tickets go on sale. National Rail Enquiries also has information about the latest availability of Advance tickets, which can be found here.

Where it is not possible to book tickets 12 weeks in advance as usual, train operators will still offer the same range of discounted Advance tickets – they will just go on sale later.

If customers buy a ticket on a train that is subsequently cancelled, rescheduled, or where a seat reservation will not be honoured, they can decide not to travel and have a full refund with no administration fee.

Where Advance tickets have not yet gone on sale, customers can still buy Anytime, Off‐Peak and Super Off‐Peak tickets where they are available. If customers buy one of these and later discover a cheaper Advance ticket on sale for the same journey, they should book the Advance ticket and ask for a refund on the original ticket – there will be no admin fee.

Latest information – by train company

Please find below an overview for each train company of whether the timetable showing in journey planners in the coming weeks is accurate:

 

Expected Journey Planner availability

 

Unless listed in the Train Operator details below, these dates are when the journey planner is expected to be showing correctly in the journey planner

​​​​​​​Saturday 8 to Friday 14 January

Should be available from Monday 29 November

Saturday 15 to Friday 21 January

Should be available from Monday 6 December

Saturday 22 to Friday 28 January

Should be available from Monday 13 December

Saturday 29 January to Friday 4 February

Should be available from Monday 20 December

Saturday 5 to Friday 11 February

Should be available from Wednesday 29 December

Saturday 12 to Friday 18 February

Should be available from Wednesday 5 January.

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

No trains on 25 / 26 December

c2c

 

Saturday:

18 December

Sunday:

19 December

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

Some trains on 5, 27 December to 1 January are still showing incorrectly in the journey planner.

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

No trains 24 - 26 December, and on 31 December / 1 January

Chiltern Railways

 

Saturday:

15 January

Sunday:

9 January

Monday to Friday:

21 January

Notes and exceptions:

No trains on 25 / 26 December

CrossCountry

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

East Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

18 December

Sunday:

19 December

Monday to Friday:

31 December

Notes and exceptions:

Some overnight midweek engineering work may not show correctly in the journey planner. Where this is the case, a warning message will appear on your journey. You can also check for engineering work here.

Gatwick Express

 

The Gatwick Express service is suspended until further notice.

Grand Central

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

An amended timetable is in place over the Christmas and New Year period.

Great Northern

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

Great Western Railway are currently running an amended timetable, for more information, please click here.

Some midweek overnight engineering work may not show correctly in the journey planner. Where this is the case, a warning message will appear on your journey in the journey planner.

You can also check for engineering work here.

Greater Anglia

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

Heathrow Express

 

Saturday:

12 February

Sunday:

13 February

Monday to Friday:

18 February

Hull Trains

 

Saturday:

18 December

Sunday:

19 December

Monday to Friday:

24 December

Notes:

No trains on 25 / 26 December

Island Line

 

Saturday:

12 February

Sunday:

13 February

Monday to Friday:

18 February

LNER

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Additional information:

London Northwestern Railway

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

London Overground

 

Saturday:

25 December

Sunday:

26 December

Monday to Friday:

31 December

Notes:

No trains on 25 December and a limited service on the 26 December.

Lumo

 

Saturday:

Sunday:

Monday to Friday:

Merseyrail

 

Saturday:

8 January

Sunday:

9 January

Monday to Friday:

14 January

Notes:

Northern

 

Saturday:

25 December

Sunday:

26 December

Monday to Friday:

31 December

Notes:

No trains on 25 December and a limited service on 26 December.

ScotRail

 

Saturday:

18 December

Sunday:

19 December

Monday to Friday:

24 December

Notes:​​​​​​​

No trains on 25 December and a limited service on 26 December.

South Western Railway

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

Southeastern

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

Southern

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

Some Southern trains are not showing correctly in the journey planner yet, you can check for more information on engineering work here.

Stansted Express

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

TfL Rail

 

Saturday:

15 January

Sunday:

16 January

Monday to Friday:

21 January

Notes and exceptions:

Thameslink

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes and exceptions:

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

Transport for Wales

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

West Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

1 January

Sunday:

2 January

Monday to Friday:

7 January

Notes:

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Last updated:   18 July 2021