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Changes to the National Rail Timetable

Changes to the timetable from 15 May 2022

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

The current timetable operates until Saturday 14 May 2022. The May timetable operates from Sunday 15 May until Saturday 10 December 2022.

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

Published Timetable of the Day

As well as short-notice changes due to on the day emergency engineering work or staff shortages, National Rail also operates a “Published Timetable of the Day” which means the schedule of passenger services (including rail replacement services) applicable on the day you travel or plan to travel (different to May or December timetable).

These changes will be made available to customers (published) no later than 22:00 the day before they are due to come into effect. Customers can find these changes built into the Journey Planner and Live Departure Boards, so that we can always provide the most up-to-date timetable information available.

Upcoming Changes

Please select a Train Operator below for details of the changes that will be made to the timetable from May 2022 onwards for their services.

 

Avanti West Coast

The Scheduled Timetable Book for 15 May to 11 September 2022 is available to view and download from the Avanti West Coast website.

 

Caledonian Sleeper

Details will be published here when available.

 

c2c

From Monday 15 May onwards there will be some changes to the c2c timetable due to the introduction of London Overground services to Barking Riverside later this year. In order to accommodate this change, many c2c services are subject to minor retiming.

In addition, the below services will be changed (Monday - Friday only):

  • 07:12 Thorpe Bay to Fenchurch Street will run earlier between Laindon and London Fenchurch Street and arrives at London Fenchurch Street at 08:17 instead of 08:23.
  • 17:46 London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central will run 1 minute later at 17:47 and will call additionally at West Ham at 17:57.

       

The c2c Timetable from 15 May 2022 until further notice is available here.

 

Chiltern Railways

The new timetable adds extra carriages for those services which have previously risked overcrowding. Chiltern Railways use all their available rolling stock, so some less-used services have been shortened to reflect passenger demand.

Changes from Monday to Friday:

  • 06:10 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone will be extended to a six-carriage service (around 70 extra seats)
  • 06:22 Bicester North to London Marylebone will be extended to a six-carriage service (around 100 extra seats)
  • 06:33 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone will be extended to a four-carriage service (around 70 extra seats)
  • 06:43 Oxford to London Marylebone cannot be further extended from six carriages. However, a train starting at High Wycombe (07:21) will aim to relieve pressure on this service, which is currently Chiltern Railways' busiest
  • 07:43 Oxford to London Marylebone will be extended to a five-carriage service (around 90 extra seats).

        

The Timetables for Chiltern Railways routes from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the Chiltern Railways website.

CrossCountry 

The pdf Timetables for each route from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the CrossCountry website.

Major track improvement work will be taking place during the timetable period, between Gloucester – Newport (18 July to 3 September 2022) and Birmingham New Street – Water Orton (20 to 29 August 2022).

East Midlands Railway

The pdf Timetables for each route from Monday 16 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the East Midlands Railway website.

Gatwick Express

The Timetable for Gatwick Express services from Sunday 15 May 2022 onwards is available on the Gatwick Express website.

Grand Central

The Grand Central timetable for May - December 2022 is available to download here.

Great Northern

Starting from Monday 16 May, on Mondays to Fridays. additional peak hour services will operate on the Stevenage (via Hertford North) and Welwyn Garden City to Moorgate routes.

Great Western Railway

The Timetables for each route in pdf format from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the Great Western Railway website.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Greater Anglia will be adding more services including extra trains for people travelling to the region’s holiday parks when the annual summer timetable comes into operation in May 2022.

From Sunday 15 May, the timetable will include:

  • Intercity services between Norwich and London half-hourly all day until 21:00 Monday to Friday when they become hourly, half-hourly on Saturdays and mainly hourly on Sundays.
  • Some additional services and some longer trains on services between Ipswich, Colchester, Clacton / Walton, Harwich, Braintree, Chelmsford, Southend Victoria, Southminster and London Liverpool Street, including in the evening rush hour.
  • More new and longer trains on routes between Cambridge, Bishops Stortford and London Liverpool Street, and on the Hertford East line once platform lengthening works are complete later this year.
  • Rural services between Norwich and Lowestoft / Cambridge / Stansted Airport / Sheringham / Great Yarmouth; between Ipswich and Cambridge / Felixstowe / Lowestoft / Peterborough; and between Marks Tey and Sudbury will continue with the usual service.
  • Extra summer services will run between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on Saturdays from 21 May to 10 September, and on Mondays and Fridays from 18 July to 2 September, providing over 66,000 extra seats for holiday-makers over the peak summer period.
  • There will also be additional early Sunday services between Ipswich and Peterborough, departing Ipswich at 07.55 and returning from Peterborough at 09.50, from 15 May to 11 September.
  • Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street will be mostly half-hourly, with some extra trains at busier times.

Heathrow Express

No changes have been announced to Heathrow Express services. Timetable details are available from the Heathrow Express website.

Hull Trains

The Hull Trains timetable, effective from 15 May to 10 December 2022, is available to download from the Hull Trains website here.

Island Line

The Timetables for Island Line in pdf format from Sunday 15 May onwards are available on the South Western Railway website.

London Northwestern Railway

From Sunday 15 May, the overall train frequency is unchanged for most routes and stations. But a number of small changes will be introduced across the network:

Watford Junction – London Euston
From Monday 16 May, weekday additional services that run between Watford Junction – London Euston only will be removed. This is as a result of other operators’ timetable changes and platform space at Watford Junction. Some additional calls will be added into alternative services at Bushey and Harrow & Wealdstone, but fewer trains will call at these stations during some hours of the day.

Crewe – Birmingham New Street via Stoke-on-Trent
From Sunday 15 May, services between Crewe – Birmingham New Street via Stoke-on-Trent will run via an alternative route between Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street, calling at Tame Bridge Parkway. This change will allow for future services that will serve new stations at Darlaston and Willenhall. Journey times for this route will increase by up to 10 minutes towards Birmingham, and up to 20 minutes towards Crewe.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

Details will be published here when available.

London Overground

The Timetables for each route in pdf format from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the London Overground website.

Lumo

The Lumo timetable, effective from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022, is available to download from the Lumo website.

Merseyrail

Merseyrail services were reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the impact the virus had on staffing numbers.

However, the pre-COVID timetable.is to resume (it actually starts from Monday 2 May). Services will run as follows between Monday and Saturday:

  • Trains on the Ormskirk, Kirkby, Chester, New Brighton and West Kirby lines will run every 15 minutes between approximately 07:00 and 19:00, with a 30 minute service operating outside of these hours.
  • Between Southport and Hunts Cross trains will run every 15 minutes from the start to the end of service.
  • On the Ellesmere Port line a 30 minute service will continue to run with additional trains between 07:15 and 08:30 for the morning peak and 16:30 and 17:30 for the evening peak. 

        

A 30 minute service will continue to run on Sundays across all lines.

Northern

Northern's timetables will broadly be staying the same from May through to December 2022. The changes being made on some routes are summarised below:

North West:

  • Improved calling patterns at Adlington, Blackrod and the Hope Valley line.  
  • Increased seat capacity on the Settle and Carlisle line  
  • In July, some additional services to Blackpool and Cumbria.  
  • A small number of services removed on the Mills Hill and Barrow lines 

 
North East: 
In the North East, Northern will be reintroducing some services and strengthening where the demand is.  

A small number of services will be removed on the Whitby / Middlesbrough line 

 

Yorkshire & Humber:

  • Yorkshire Wolds Coast line, between Bridlington and Hull, will see a significant uplift of services. 
  • Increased seat capacity on the Settle and Carlisle line  
  • A small number of services will be removed on the following routes:  
    • Ilkley – Leeds / Bradford 
    • Skipton – Leeds / Bradford 
    • York – Harrogate – Leeds 
    • Hull – Leeds – Halifax 
    • Leeds – Sheffield - Nottingham  
    • Leeds – Sheffield via Dearne Valley  

        

ScotRail

Details will be published here when available.

Southeastern

Some Southeastern train timetables will change on Sunday 15 May. Most of these changes will be for additional and longer trains for visitors to the Kent coast, from the end of May until the beginning of September.

However, the vast majority of train times will remain the same, with very few changes. This timetable change is a ‘roll-over’ of the December 2021 timetable. Capacity on board will remain the same, and in some places be increased across the network, with some minor changes to accommodate seasonal services.

In addition, on Sundays, a number of additional trains will be added between Ashford and London Charing Cross.

South Western Railway

The Timetables for each route in pdf format from Sunday 15 May onwards are available on the South Western Railway website.

Southern

The following changes will be made in the new timetable, starting on Sunday 15 May:

Mondays to Fridays

Brighton - Hastings: Additional services will run to provide a two trains per hour at busy times.

Brighton - Portsmouth and Southampton: Direct services will resume between Brighton and Portsmouth / Southampton.

Beckenham Junction / Crystal Palace - London Bridge via Tulse Hill: Services will be reintroduced to provide two trains per hour at busy times, with an hourly service at other times.

Watford Junction - Clapham Junction: An hourly service will run between Watford Junction and Clapham Junction. Customers for stations between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central should change at Watford Junction for London Northwestern Railway services. Two Southern services per day will continue to operate to/from Hemel Hempstead. There will also be two trains a day to and from Selhurst.

Saturdays

Watford Junction - Clapham Junction: An hourly service will run between Watford Junction and Clapham Junction. Customers for stations between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central should change at Watford Junction for London Northwestern Railway services. London Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace

London Bridge - London Victoria: Direct services will not run.

Sutton - London Victoria via West Croydon and Norbury: Services will be reduced from four to two trains per hour in each direction. The number of carriages on some trains will be increased.

West Worthing - Brighton: West Worthing to Brighton services will not run. Customers should use Brighton to Portsmouth / Southampton services, or Littlehampton to London Victoria services changing at Hove.

Lewes - Brighton: Lewes to Brighton services will not run. Customers should use Hastings to Brighton or Seaford to Brighton services.

The Class 455 train, dating from the 1980s and familiar to many Southern customers in the inner-London area on short distance “metro” services will be retired.

They will be replaced by younger Electrostar Class 377 trains. Unlike the old trains, these trains provide air-conditioning, 2X2 seating and accessible toilets. A £55m upgrade is currently underway to install at-seat power, better information systems and further improve reliability.

TfL Rail (Elizabeth line after 24 May)

The Timetables for the routes between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport / Reading from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 10 December 2022 are available on the TfL Rail website.

Heathrow Terminal 4 is temporarily closed, but could reopen from July 2022 due to increased travel demand.

The Elizabeth line through central London (between London Paddington and Abbey Wood) is expected to open on 24 May 2022. From this date, TfL Rail will change its name to Elizabeth line.

Thameslink

The following changes will be made in the new timetable, starting on Sunday 15 May:

Mondays to Fridays

London Kings Cross - Cambridge (stopping service via Potters Bar): Two trains per hour will run between London Kings Cross and Cambridge. This increases the service at Meldreth, Foxton and Shepreth from one to two trains per hour and provides additional services between Royston and Cambridge. 

Welwyn Garden City - Sevenoaks: Two peak services per hour will run between Welwyn Garden City and Sevenoaks. This will provide additional services at Hatfield, Potters Bar, New Barnet, Oakleigh Park, New Southgate, Finsbury Park and introduce a new direct service on this route. At other times, Sevenoaks services will continue to operate to/from London Blackfriars.

Orpington - Luton: Direct services between Orpington and Luton via Catford will be reintroduced at peak times, two trains per hour.

Sutton - St Albans: Two trains per hour will run between Sutton and St Albans via Wimbledon and two trains per hour via Mitcham Junction.

Luton - Rainham: Two trains per hour will operate between Luton and Rainham.

East Grinstead - Bedford: Some services have been reintroduced on this route.

Littlehampton - Bedford: Some services have been reintroduced on this route.

Bedford - Three Bridges: Additional services will operate at peak times.

 

TransPennine Express

Details will be published here when available.

Transport for Wales

From Sunday 15 May Transport for Wales timetables will be changing, here's an overview of the most significant changes:
 
North Wales

  • Nine additional return services will run between Chester and Llandudno Junction
  • Direct Llandudno - Manchester Airport services will be reinstated
  • Two additional return services will run between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog (increasing from four to six).

        

Mid and West Wales

  • Two additional return services will run between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury (increasing from 10 to 12)
  • Six of the current return services between Pembroke Dock and Carmarthen will be extended to Swansea
  • An additional return service will run between Pembroke Dock and Tenby
  • Three additional return services will run to and from Fishguard Harbour (increasing from three to six)
  • On the Heart of Wales Line, an additional early morning service will run between Shrewsbury and Llandrindod, and an additional morning service will run between Swansea and Llandovery.

      

South Wales

Following the completion of essential works to the Adam St. bridge: 

  • Direct services between Coryton and Radyr via the City Line will be reinstated
  • Five services per hour between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay will be reinstated.

        

Borders

  • Four services between South Wales and Gloucester will be extended to Cheltenham Spa
  • Transport for Wales services will no longer call at Stafford
  • Selected Sunday services between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton will no longer call at intermediate stations.

       

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West Midlands Railway

From Sunday 15 May, the overall train frequency is unchanged for most routes and stations. But a number of small changes will be introduced across the network:

Cross City line (Lichfield – Birmingham – Redditch / Bromsgrove)
From Monday 16 May, Monday – Saturday services between Lichfield Trent Valley and Bromsgrove will be retimed slightly. Northbound services from Bromsgrove towards Lichfield will depart 10 minutes later than they do currently. In the opposite direction, services from Lichfield towards Bromsgrove will depart 10 minutes earlier than they do currently. Services between Four Oaks – Redditch will not be impacted by this change.

Snow Hill lines (Worcester – Birmingham – Stratford-upon-Avon)
From Sunday 15 May, Sunday services that currently start / terminate at Great Malvern will start / terminate at Worcester Foregate Street instead, in line with the service operated Monday – Saturday. You can still use services to / from Hereford and Great Western Railway services to travel between Worcester – Great Malvern.

Birmingham New Street – Shrewsbury
From Monday 16 May, the weekday 22:36 Birmingham New Street – Shrewsbury service will be retimed, to depart Birmingham New Street at 22:03. This change reduces the current 90-minute gap between evening services towards Shrewsbury.
From Monday 16 May, the following weekday services will no longer operate:

  • 15.13 Shrewsbury – Birmingham
  • 16.14 Shrewsbury – Birmingham
  • 09.34 Birmingham – Shrewsbury
  • 15.34 Birmingham – Shrewsbury

        

Dudley Port
Due to platform lengths, some stops at Dudley Port will change. Where possible, additional services will call to offer alternative services.

Monday - Friday: The 06:25 and 07:03 services to Birmingham will no longer call. Additional services will call at 06:00 and 06:59.

Saturdays: The 06:30 service to Birmingham will no longer call. 

Sundays: The 08:44 service to Birmingham will no longer call. An additional service will call at 08:34.

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