Travel Updates

 

Temporary Timetable Changes

With the reintroduction of lockdown, train companies have worked with government to plan amended timetables, focussing on morning and evening peak travel times so that those who need to take essential journeys can get to where they need to and have the space to maintain social distancing. The new changes to timetables have been made in such a way that rail services can be restored as quickly as possible when restrictions are eased.

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 5 weeks in advance.  This means that for some routes online journey planners, including National Rail Enquiries, will not be completely accurate until approximately 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 to Friday 12 March

Should be available from Thursday 28 January.

Saturday 13 to Friday 19 March

Should be available from Thursday 4 February.

Saturday 20 to Friday 26 March

Should be available from Thursday 11 February.

Saturday 27 March to Friday 2 April

Should be available from Thursday 18 February.

Saturday 3 to Friday 9 April

Should be available from Thursday 25 February.

Saturday 10 to Friday 16 April

Should be available from Thursday 4 March.

Saturday 17 to Friday 23 April

Should be available from Thursday 4 March.

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

26 March

Notes:

The confirmed timetable for weekends will be available a few days prior to travel

c2c

 

Saturday:

30 January

Sunday:

31 January

Monday to Friday:

5 February

Notes:

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Saturday:

6 February

Sunday:

7 February

Monday to Friday:

10 February

Chiltern Railways

 

Saturday:

30 January

Sunday:

31 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

CrossCountry

 

Saturday:

27 February

Sunday:

28 February

Monday to Friday:

19 March

East Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

30 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Gatwick Express

 

The Gatwick Express service is suspended until further notice.

Grand Central

 

Grand Central services have been withdrawn until Sunday 28 February.

Great Northern

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

22 January

Notes:

Timetables will be updated every Saturday for the upcoming week

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday:

27 February

Sunday:

28 February

Monday to Friday:

5 March

Greater Anglia

 

Saturday:

30 January

Sunday:

31 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Heathrow Express

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Hull Trains

 

Hull Trains services have been withdrawn until further notice.

Island Line

 

Saturday:

20 February

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

26 February

LNER

 

Saturday:

20 February

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

29 January

London Northwestern Railway

 

Saturday:

20 February

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

26 February

London Overground

 

Saturday:

27 February

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

5 March

Notes and exceptions:

Trains are not showing correctly in the journey planners on  Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January and Sunday 7 February because of engineering work

Merseyrail

 

Saturday:

6 February

Sunday:

7 February

Monday to Friday:

12 February

Northern

 

Saturday:

6 February

Sunday:

7 February

Monday to Friday:

12 February

ScotRail

 

Saturday:

6 March

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

12 March

Notes and exceptions:

Trains are not showing correctly in the journey planners on Saturday 27 February  because of engineering work

South Western Railway

 

Saturday:

27 February

Sunday:

28 February

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Southeastern

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Southern

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

24 January

Notes:

Timetables will be updated every Saturday for the upcoming week

Stansted Express

 

Saturday:

30 January

Sunday:

31 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

TfL Rail

 

Saturday:

13 March

Sunday:

28 February

Monday to Friday:

16 April

Thameslink

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

22 January

Notes:

Timetables will be updated every Saturday for the upcoming week

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

Transport for Wales

 

Saturday:

23 January

Sunday:

24 January

Monday to Friday:

29 January

West Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

20 February

Sunday:

21 February

Monday to Friday:

26 February

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Last updated:   13 January 2021