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 15 to Friday 21 May

Should be available from Tuesday 6 April.

Saturday 22 to Friday 28 May

Should be available from Monday 12 April.

Saturday 29 May to Friday 4 June

Should be available from Monday 19 April.

Saturday 5 to Friday 11 June

Should be available from Monday 26 April.

Saturday 12 to Friday 18 June

Should be available from Tuesday 4 May.

Saturday 19 to Friday 25 June

Should be available from Monday 10 May.

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday:

10 April

Sunday:

11 April

Monday to Friday:

16 April

Notes:

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

c2c

 

Saturday:

10 April

Sunday:

4 April

Monday to Friday:

9 April

Notes:

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Saturday:

24 April

Sunday:

18 April

Monday to Friday:

23 April

Chiltern Railways

 

Saturday:

10 April

Sunday:

11 April

Monday to Friday:

9 April

Notes and exceptions:

CrossCountry

 

Saturday:

15 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

 

East Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Gatwick Express

 

The Gatwick Express service is suspended until further notice.

Grand Central

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

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Great Northern

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday:

1 May

Sunday:

2 May

Monday to Friday:

7 May

Greater Anglia

 

Saturday:

10 April

Sunday:

11 April

Monday to Friday:

16 April

Notes and exceptions:

Heathrow Express

 

Saturday:

15 May

Sunday:

16 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Hull Trains

 

Hull Trains services have been withdrawn until Sunday 11 April.

Island Line

 

Saturday:

15 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

LNER

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Additional information

Reservations are closed on 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 May

London Northwestern Railway

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

London Overground

 

Saturday:

1 May

Sunday:

2 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

Some trains on Sunday 25 April are showing incorrectly as a result of engineering work.

Merseyrail

 

Saturday:

15 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Northern

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

ScotRail

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

South Western Railway

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

Southeastern

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes:

Some weekend changes may still not yet be confirmed, please check your journey details from Friday onwards.

Southern

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

Trains are not showing correctly in the journey planners late night / early morning from Monday 3 to Friday 7 May and Monday 10 to Friday 14 May because of engineering work

Stansted Express

 

Saturday:

3 April

Sunday:

4 April

Monday to Friday:

9 April

Notes and exceptions:

TfL Rail

 

Saturday:

19 June

Sunday:

20 June

Monday to Friday:

25 June May

Notes and exceptions:

Thameslink

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

2 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Notes and exceptions:

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

Transport for Wales

 

Saturday:

24 April

Sunday:

25 April

Monday to Friday:

30 April

West Midlands Railway

 

Saturday:

8 May

Sunday:

9 May

Monday to Friday:

14 May

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Last updated:   31 March 2021