Changes to train times


Changes to the National Rail Timetable

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

The December timetable will start on Sunday 15 December 2019 and will operate until Saturday 16 May 2020.

Please select a Train Operator below for details on the changes that have been made to the timetable from December 2019 onwards for their services.



No timetable changes have been announced.

Caledonian Sleeper

No timetable changes have been announced.

Chiltern Railways

No timetable changes have been announced.


No timetable changes have been announced.

East Midlands Railway

No timetable changes have been announced.

Gatwick Express

No timetable changes have been announced.

Grand Central

The full timetable can be found here -

Great Northern

Additional Great Northern Metro calls at New Southgate and Oakleigh 

Additional peak AM calls at New Southgate and Oakleigh Park will be reinstated. This will mean that both stations will see an extra two trains towards Moorgate per hour, creating a six trains per hour to London service during the morning peak. The entire Great Northern Metro timetable will be optimised for the performance of the new train fleet in May 2020.

Late weekday evening and weekend closures of Moorgate

From Saturday 14 December 2019 until summer 2020, work to improve the reliability of the railway between Finsbury Park and Moorgate, will be taking place late on weeknights and on weekends.

This work will impact train services between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North.

To allow this work to take place, from Saturday 14 December until summer 2020 the line from Finsbury Park to Moorgate will be closed on most weekday evenings from 21:40 and on most weekends.

On these evenings and weekends, all services to/from Moorgate will be diverted into King’s Cross.


Great Western Railway

Around three quarters of journey times will be different from how they are today as Great Western Railway add new services and change old ones as part of the improvements.

Trains will arrive and depart at different times – There will be more trains, with more seats but to allow the new timetable to work, train times will be different to today.

Trains won’t always stop at the stations they do today – Journeys will be faster, but we are introducing new services, and they won't always stop at the places frequent travellers might be used to.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

No timetable changes have been announced.

Heathrow Express

No timetable changes have been announced.

Hull Trains

No timetable changes have been announced.

Island Line

No timetable changes have been announced.

London Northwestern Railway

No timetable changes have been announced.

London North Eastern Railway

No timetable changes have been announced.

London Overground

No timetable changes have been announced.


No timetable changes have been announced.


The following timetable changes have been announced:

  • New hourly service between Halifax and Hull via Bradford, Leeds and Selby, extending the Leeds – Selby stopping service. The Huddersfield – Leeds via Halifax and Bradford hourly service will operate between Huddersfield and Bradford Interchange only. With other timing changes, there will be a 15 minute interval service from Leeds to Bradford and Halifax.
  • On Sundays the Blackpool North – Leeds service will be extended to operate to and from York.
  • Wigan – Alderley Edge and Wigan – Stalybridge services will be extended to operate from and to Southport, providing an all day hourly service between Southport and Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, as well as between Southport and Manchester Victoria. The current services between Southport and Leeds via Todmorden and between Southport and Blackburn via Todmorden will instead start and terminate at Wigan.
  • An hourly all day through service will be restored between Manchester Victoria and Kirkby via Wigan.
  • Sheffield – Hull – Bridlington fast services will be extended from and to Scarborough. York – Hull and Hull – Bridlington services will be joined, to provide a through York – Bridlington service. Sheffield – Hull stopping services will be split at Doncaster into separate Sheffield – Doncaster and Doncaster – Hull services.
  • There will be two new services a day in each direction between Middlesbrough and Whitby.
  • Manchester Piccadilly – New Mills Central trains will now serve Strines and Belle Vue stations hourly, rather than the current two hourly service.
  • A new station is planned to open at Warrington West, which will be served by two trains an hour, a Liverpool – Manchester Airport service and a Liverpool – Manchester Oxford Road service.


No timetable changes have been announced.

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No timetable changes have been announced.


South Western Railway


No timetable changes have been announced.



Summary of changes:
Introduction of Saturday all-day and weekday off-peak services to Cooksbridge

Southern has worked with local rail users to increase services to Cooksbridge, who have worked closely with us over many years to identify how additional stops could be added without adversely affecting the overall performance of the network.

From Monday 16 December, we will introduce additional calls at Cooksbridge Monday-Saturday to provide an all-day service in both directions and a Saturday service for the first time.

Change of departure time of 07:16 Rye to Ashford International service
The 07:16 Rye to Ashford International service, calling at Appledore and Ham Street will depart ten minutes earlier at 07:06 to provide a connection to Southeastern high speed services at the request of local stakeholders.


TfL Rail

The timetable has been published

The timetable for journeys from Liverpool Street to Shenfield 15 Dec – 16 May 2020 can be found here

The timetable for journeys from Paddington to Heathrow T4 / Reading 15 Dec  – 16 May 2020 can be found here


Summary of changes:

Connection of existing Saturday Horsham to London Bridge and Peterborough to King’s Cross services

The existing two per hour in both direction Thameslink services between Horsham and London Bridge and Peterborough and King’s Cross will connect via St Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink and London Blackfriars, adopting the service pattern used Monday-Friday.

This change will introduce a new direct Gatwick Airport service on Saturdays for the first time for Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey. It will provide an additional two direct services per hour through London to Gatwick for Hitchin, Stevenage and Finsbury Park, adding three trains per hour instead of one.

London St Pancras International services to London Blackfriars will now have thirteen trains per hours instead of eleven, as previously. 

For stations to the south of London Bridge, the change will mean additional direct services to St Pancras International and beyond for East Croydon, Redhill, Horley and Gatwick Airport, and it will mean new direct services to the centre of London, London St Pancras International and beyond for Coulsdon South, Merstham, Crawley, Ifield, Littlehaven and Horsham for the first time.

Withdrawal of Cambridge North Thameslink service
The existing one per hour Thameslink service between Cambridge and Cambridge North will be withdrawn to release a train path for the introduction of a new direct Greater Anglia service between Cambridge North and London Liverpool Street. This Thameslink service was a temporary measure while Greater Anglia worked to introduce its new train fleets.

Passengers travelling between Cambridge North and Cambridge can continue to use Great Northern and Greater Anglia services.

TransPennine Express

South Trans-Pennine route: Services between Manchester and Sheffield, Doncaster & Cleethorpes

The delivery of new trains will mean many services between Cleethorpes, Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly will be formed of 6 carriages instead of the current 3.

  • An additional earlier service will be provided (Monday to Saturday) from Sheffield departing at 05:21 to Cleethorpes arriving at 07:14.
  • An additional later service will be provided (Monday to Friday and Sundays*) from Cleethorpes departing at 21:26* to Sheffield (*21:16 Sun).
  • All services will now call at Habrough.
  • Dore & Totley will gain a new early morning departure to Manchester Airport at 05:15.


North Trans-Pennine route: Services between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, York and the North East

32 brand-new 5 carriage trains will be introduced on this route bringing with it a large increase in the number of seats available on each service.

  • New departure times will be every 15 minutes at XX:00, XX:15, XX:30 and XX:45 minutes past each hour at Leeds and Manchester Victoria.
  • Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle services will now start / terminate from Edinburgh calling at Morpeth and offering a direct journey to / from West Yorkshire.
  • Services between Newcastle and Edinburgh will depart at 05:53 (Monday to Saturday) and also a later journey has been added departing Newcastle at 22:14 (Monday to Friday).
  • Departures from Hull towards Leeds will begin approx. 25 minutes later than the current timetable with fewer station stops en route to Manchester during off peak times.
  • Monday to Friday peak time services will now have 6 carriages instead of 3.
  • An additional late night service will run every day from Hull departing at 23:08* to Leeds (*23:04 on Sun) with the last train from Leeds to Hull departing later at 23:33.
  • Service calling at Dewsbury will now be part of the Newcastle / Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport route. And also part of the local stopping service between Leeds and Huddersfield.
  • Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough services will now call at Stalybridge and Garforth on an hourly basis. 
  • Services from Newcastle / Durham / Darlington and Leeds, and also from, Huddersfield to Manchester will have 5 carriages instead of 3.
  • An additional late-night service will run Monday to Saturday from Newcastle departing at 00:08 to Manchester Airport calling at Durham, Darlington, York, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly.
  • The local stopping service between Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield will now call at all intermediate stations, and will no longer call at Garforth.


Manchester to Scotland route: Services between Manchester, Preston, Lancaster and Glasgow / Edinburgh

  • 12 x 5 carriage trains will be introduced on this route offering an additional 105 seats per train.
  • 6 x extra services will be introduced between Liverpool Lime Street and Glasgow Central (3 services in each direction everyday). 
  • There will also be a 05:48 Carlisle to Liverpool Lime Street service (Monday to Saturday) plus a 20:12 Liverpool Lime Street to Oxenholme service (Monday to Friday).
  • An extra early morning service will be provided (Monday to Saturday*) from Carlisle departing at 05:57 to Edinburgh arriving at 07:33 (*06:04 on Sat).
  • An extra late night service will run (Monday to Friday) from Manchester Airport to Carlisle departing at 23:10 calling at Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Preston.
  • An extra evening service will run (Monday to Friday) from Glasgow Central to Preston departing at 21:01 calling at Lockerbie, Carlisle and Penrith.



Transport for Wales

No timetable changes have been announced.

Virgin Trains

No timetable changes have been announced.

West Midlands Railway


Last updated:   11 November 2019