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Changes to the National Rail Timetable

Changes to the timetable from 12 December 2021

The National Rail Timetable is changed in May and December each year.

The May timetable started on Sunday 16 May 2021 and operates until Saturday 11 December 2021.

The next timetable starts in December 2021, and operates from Sunday 12 December 2021 until Saturday 14 May 2022.

All the planned timetables are subject to change, possibly at short notice, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Please select a Train Operator below for details of the changes that will be made to the timetable from December 2021 onwards for their services.

 

Avanti West Coast

Mondays to Fridays:

A third London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly service per hour will operate in each direction. Changes will be made to Macclesfield stops on this route.

Additional services will operate between London Euston and Preston / Lancaster / Blackpool North.

Saturdays:

A third London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly service per hour will operate in each direction. Changes will be made to Macclesfield stops on this route.

Changes will be made to services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Wolverhampton / Preston / Lancaster / Blackpool North.

Sundays:

A third London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly service per hour will operate in each direction. Changes will be made to Macclesfield stops on this route.

Additional service will operate departing 20:38 from London Euston to Wolverhampton.

Caledonian Sleeper

Details will be published here when available.

 

c2c

Details will be published here when available.

 

Chiltern Railways

The new Chiltern Railways timetables running from Sunday 12 December are available here.

CrossCountry 

At Chesterfield, CrossCountry will add three extra calls in each direction on weekdays.   

At Winchester, CrossCountry will re-introduce services in both directions. Southbound will see seven services a day on weekdays and northbound will also see an uplift to seven services a day. Weekend services will also be altered to call all services here up until 18:00. 

There will be a stop at Audley End, the 07:41 to Birmingham New Street.

There will also be an extra stop at Par at 07:07.  

East Midlands Railway

From Sunday 12 December, East Midlands Railway will reinstate a total of 22 services in the EMR Regional timetable. This equates to a total of 486 trains per day which is 87 more than operated in the timetable which was in place immediately before 16 May 2021.

This includes the full reintroduction of the Liverpool-Norwich service group, the plugging of a number of peak time gaps as well as other targeted reintroductions.

Timetables are available on the East Midlands Railway website.

Gatwick Express

At the time of writing, Gatwick Express services have been suspended until further notice. Gatwick Express have made these changes in response to reduced passenger demand for the airport and to enable train drivers to be used on other services.

Grand Central

The 5th return service will be re-introduced on the northeast route, as below:

Monday - Friday:
08:27 London Kings Cross – Sunderland (This service currently only runs on Monday, so will be extended to the rest of the week)
17:30 Sunderland – London Kings Cross

Saturday:
07:48 London Kings Cross – Sunderland
17:30 Sunderland – London Kings Cross

Sunday:
09:50 London Kings Cross – Sunderland

Great Northern

Details will be published here when available.

Great Western Railway

The timetable introduces additional capacity where it is forecasted to be most needed.

Key changes:

Long distance:
London Paddington-Cardiff Central/Swansea
•    Half-hourly service resumes on weekdays between London Paddington & Cardiff Central
•    On Saturdays, some services are reintroduced to provide a half hourly service during AM & PM peak periods

London Paddington-Bristol 
•    Late night Saturday services revert to terminating at Bristol Temple Meads 
•    New late night Saturday service between Bristol Temple Meads and Swindon.
•    Bristol Temple Meads-London Paddington services start earlier on Sundays

London Paddington-Cheltenham Spa
•    Hourly through service resumes on weekdays

Thames Valley:
London Paddington-Didcot Parkway 
•    Off-peak semi-fast services revert to operating half-hourly on weekdays and Saturdays 

North Cotswolds
•    Some services will call additionally at Pershore and Worcestershire Parkway stations 

Branch lines
•    West Ealing-Greenford / Twyford-Henley-on-Thames / Slough-Windsor all revert to pre-COVID service frequencies from January 2022
•    Reading-Basingstoke half hourly service resumes on Saturdays 

West of England:
Bristol suburban 
•    Reintroduction of some late night Saturday and early Sunday services in the Bristol area 

Cardiff Central-Penzance
•    More services linked between Cardiff Central and Taunton and Exeter-Penzance providing a direct service every other hour

Severn Beach 
•    Severn Beach/Avonmouth services operate half hourly on weekdays and Saturdays moving to a ‘clock face’ timetable 
•    More through services between Weston-super-Mare and Avonmouth 

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

The current Greater Anglia service will mainly continue in the new timetable, with the following changes.

The new station at Soham will open. All Ipswich - Peterborough services will call at Soham in both directions.

Morning peak time service enhancements will be made on the Hertford East branch.

Stansted Express will continue to operate as a reduced service.

Heathrow Express

No changes have been announced to Heathrow Express timetables.

Hull Trains

From December, Hull Trains are increasing services to 94 a week:

  • A 6th Sunday service will depart Hull at 12:50 and London Kings Cross at 16:27
  • A 7th Weekday service will depart London Kings Cross at 07:27 on weekday mornings and Hull at 19:08 on weekday evenings.
  • Additional carriages will be added to busier Friday and Saturday services.

        

Island Line

The new Island Line timetable running from Sunday 12 December is available here.

London Northwestern Railway

The overall frequency of services is unchanged on most lines (apart from between Northampton and London Euston), please find a full summary of what’s changing below.

Changes to services between Birmingham New Street, Northampton and London Euston

A second ‘fast service’ is being re-introduced between Northampton and London Euston on weekdays. This means 3 trains per hour will run between Northampton and London Euston, as well as existing services between Milton Keynes Central / Tring and London Euston too (Monday – Friday).

To accommodate the new service, the majority of hourly Milton Keynes Central – London Euston trains will run with 8 carriages instead of 12, but overall hourly capacity is unchanged.

There will also be some changes to direct services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street:

  • A new service will depart London Euston at 49 minutes past the hour, and will become the new through service between London and Birmingham.
  • The existing 15 minutes past the hour departure from London Euston, which currently runs as the through service to Birmingham will run between London and Northampton only
  • The 24 minutes past the hour departure from London Euston to Northampton is unaffected by this change

       

Travelling from London – Birmingham? You’ll need to board the xx.49 service instead of the xx.15.

Changes to services between Birmingham New Street and Northampton via Coventry

In order to improve the service at Northampton, changes will also be made to services between Birmingham – Northampton:

  • Weekday departure times will change
  • Calls at Marston Green will revert to 3 trains an hour in each direction
  • The weekday 07:14 Northampton – Birmingham New Street service will no longer run, customers are advised to use either the 06:59 or 07:37 departures from Northampton as alternatives

        

Changes to services between Crewe – Liverpool Lime Street

A new 22:17 service will depart from Liverpool Lime Street on Saturday evenings. This service will run direct between Liverpool and Crewe.

Changes to Branch line services

Abbey line

A full Sunday timetable is planned to run on the Abbey line between Watford Junction and St. Albans Abbey. All but 4 services on the Abbey line are planned to run as train services Monday – Saturday.

Marston Vale line

An additional 3 services in each direction between Bletchley – Bedford are planned to run as trains. Services will continue to be supplemented by rail replacement bus until further notice.

London North Eastern Railway

LNER will return to their full pre-Covid timetable from December 2021 with the following additional services being introduced on Mondays to Fridays:

  • 07:08 Middlesbrough to London Kings Cross calling at Thornaby and York
  • 15:25 London Kings Cross to Middlesbrough, calling at York and Thornaby
     

London Overground

The new London Overground timetables running from Sunday 12 December are available here.

Lumo

Lumo will increase their services from 4 trains per day up to 10 trains per day during the period of the December 2021 timetable.  The details of exactly when services will be added will be updated as soon as information becomes available.

Merseyrail

No changes will be made to the current amended timetable in December. A 20 minute service will continue on some routes until further notice.

Northern

East changes:

Weekdays -

  • Restoration of the full hourly Hull – Leeds – Halifax service (currently two-hourly)
  • Withdrawal of the off-peak Hull – Bridlington service. Extra stops at Hutton Cranswick and Nafferton on the Sheffield / Hull - Scarborough service, to compensate for the above
  • Restoration of the Leeds – Barnsley – Sheffield 'limited stop' service to two trains per hour. As part of this change, most services between Lincoln and Sheffield are extended to run to / from Leeds via Barnsley
  • Extension of the Leeds – Knaresborough services to operate to / from York. This will achieve a half hourly frequency between Knaresborough and York

Sundays -

  • Extension of the Leeds – Knaresborough services to operate to / from York. This will achieve a half hourly frequency between Knaresborough and York
  • Sundays from 16 January 2022 onwards, the local Leeds - York via Micklefield service will be amended for most of the day to operate additionally between Micklefield and Selby, with a replacement bus operating between Micklefield and York. This is due to infrastructure improvement works associated with the TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) scheme. There will also be impact upon some Hull – York and Sheffield – York Sunday services  

 

North East:

No significant changes.

West and Central changes:

Weekdays -

  • Additional daytime services reintroduced between Liverpool and Warrington Bank Quay
  • Additional evening services reintroduced between Liverpool and Manchester Airport via Warrington Central

Sundays -

  • Additional services reintroduced between Manchester and Hadfield, Manchester and Wigan via Bolton
  • Additional services between Liverpool and Manchester Airport via Warrington and between Lancaster and Morecambe

ScotRail

ScotRail is proposing a number of key timetable changes for the May 2022 timetable change as part of the Fit for the Future review. As a result of this, many of the changes for the December 2021 will be relatively minor, with the majority routes seeing a similar timetable in operation to what is in place today. 

Highlights of key changes being made in the December timetable include:

  • More trains stopping at Kintore Monday to Saturday
  • Extra services between Elgin and Inverness
  • An additional return service introduced between Inverness and Invergordon
  • Continued introduction of 2+5 HST trains which will give an additional passenger coach of standard class capacity on ScotRail's Inter7City services
  • Opening of a new train servicing depot at Cadder near Bishopbriggs.

During the December 2021 timetable, Network Rail will be closing the route through Glasgow Central Low Level between 13 March and 8 May (inclusive). The line is closing temporarily in order to replace the slab track in the Anderston Tunnel. This will mean that many services which would normally operate via Glasgow Central Low Level will be diverted into Glasgow Central High Level or via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level. A revised service level will operate on all routes during the closure, and journey times may be extended on some services to allow for trains taking a diverted route. 

Southeastern

The December timetable will uplift Southeastern services to 85% of the pre-Covid level. The timetable introduces additional capacity where it is forecasted to be most needed.

Several improvements to services will be made:

  • Reintroduction of weekday services after midnight from London Charing Cross and London Bridge to most metro destinations as well as Tunbridge Wells
  • Reintroduction of off-peak weekday High Speed services between Ramsgate and Dover
  • A new off-peak weekday service between Maidstone East and London Blackfriars that commences on Monday 21 February 2022. Services will call at West Malling, Borough Green & Wrotham, Otford, Swanley, Bromley South and Elephant & Castle
  • Platform 1 at London Bridge is reopened and there will be associated platform changes at London Cannon Street

      

South Western Railway

The new South Western Railway timetables running from Sunday 12 December are available here.

Southern

Details will be published here when available.

TfL Rail

Timetables are available to view on the TfL Rail website here.

Thameslink

Details will be published here when available.

 

TransPennine Express

Timetables are available to view on the TransPennine Express website.

Transport for Wales

Timetables are changing from Sunday 12 December 2021.

South Wales:

A new service will operate between Crosskeys and Newport  An hourly service (Monday -Saturday) until 21:30 and one service every two hours (Sunday).

Merthyr/Aberdare/Treherbert services:

From Monday 28 March 2022, rail replacement bus services will run between Cardiff Central and Merthyr, Aberdare and Treherbert,  Sunday – Thursday affecting services from approx. 19:30 onwards 

West Wales 

Additional evening services will run between Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock / Fishguard Harbour (except Sundays).

Heart of Wales Line:

From 3 January 2022, an extra morning service will run direct to and from Swansea.

North Wales:

Train services resume on the Cambrian Coast line from Monday 13 December.

An additional morning service will run, 06:45 Barmouth – Machynlleth (Monday -Saturday).

West Midlands Railway

The overall train frequency per hour is unchanged for most routes, but you can find a summary of what’s changing below:

Changes to services between Birmingham New Street and Northampton via Coventry

In order to improve the service at Northampton, the following changes are being made to services between Birmingham and Northampton:

  • Weekday departure times will change
  • Calls at Marston Green will revert to 3 trains an hour in each direction
  • The weekday 07:14 Northampton – Birmingham New Street service will no longer run, customers are advised to use either the 06:59 or 07:37 departures from Northampton as alternatives

         

Changes to services on the Snow Hill lines

The following changes are being made to timetables between Worcester – Birmingham – Stratford-upon-Avon:

  • Some services will be diverted to also serve Worcester Shrub Hill Monday – Saturday (to provide customers with more travel opportunities from Worcester)
  • Some trains will be subject to small retimes to reduce congestion on the railway near Kidderminster, as a result trains which currently depart Snow Hill at xx.36 will depart at xx.39

         

Changes to services between Birmingham and Walsall

On Saturdays, Bescot Stadium will receive an additional call, providing 3 trains per hour at this station (the same frequency as provided on weekdays)

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Last updated:   28 November 2021