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 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 7 to Friday 13 August

Should be available from Monday 28 June.

Saturday 14 to Friday 20 August

Should be available from Monday 5 July.

Saturday 21 to Friday 27 August

Should be available from Monday 12 July.

Saturday 28 August to Friday 3 September

Should be available from Monday 19 July.

Saturday 4 to Friday 10 September

Should be available from Monday 26 July.

Saturday 11 to Friday 17 September

Should be available from Monday 2 August

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday:

10 July

Sunday:

11 July

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes:

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

c2c

 

Saturday:

26 June

Sunday:

27 June

Monday to Friday:

25 June

Notes:

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Saturday:

28 August

Sunday:

29 August

Monday to Friday:

3 September

Chiltern Railways

 

Saturday:

21 August

Sunday:

22 August

Monday to Friday:

27 August

Notes and exceptions:

CrossCountry

 

Saturday:

24 July

Sunday:

25 July

Monday to Friday:

30 July

Notes and exceptions:

East Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

30 July

Notes and exceptions:

Some trains are showing incorrectly on 26 & 27 June as a result of engineering work.

Gatwick Express

 

The Gatwick Express service is suspended until further notice.

Grand Central

 

Saturday:

28 August

Sunday:

29 August

Monday to Friday:

27 August

Notes and exceptions:​​​​​​​

Great Northern

 

Saturday:

17 July

Sunday:

18 July

Monday to Friday:

23 July

Notes and exceptions:

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes:

Greater Anglia

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes and exceptions:

Heathrow Express

 

Saturday:

4 September

Sunday:

5 September

Monday to Friday:

9 September

Hull Trains

 

Saturday:

28 August

Sunday:

29 August

Monday to Friday:

3 September

Notes:

Island Line

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

25 July

Monday to Friday:

30 July

LNER

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Additional information

London Northwestern Railway

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes:​​​​​​​

London Overground

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes and exceptions:

Merseyrail

 

Saturday:

24 July

Sunday:

25 July

Monday to Friday:

23 July

Northern

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

16 July

Notes:

ScotRail

 

Saturday:

10 July

Sunday:

11 July

Monday to Friday:

16 July

South Western Railway

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes and exceptions:

Southeastern

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

10 September

Notes:

Some overnight engineering work after 30 July until 10 September may not show correctly in the journey planner. Where this is the case, a warning message will appear on your journey.

Southern

 

Saturday:

17 July

Sunday:

18 July

Monday to Friday:

23 July

Notes and exceptions:

Stansted Express

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes and exceptions:

TfL Rail

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes and exceptions:

Thameslink

 

Saturday:

17 July

Sunday:

18 July

Monday to Friday:

23 July

Notes and exceptions:

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Transport for Wales

 

Saturday:

17 July

Sunday:

18 July

Monday to Friday:

23 July

West Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

31 July

Sunday:

1 August

Monday to Friday:

6 August

Notes:

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Last updated:   10 May 2021