Changes to train times


Changes to the National Rail Timetable

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

The current timetable started on Sunday 19 May 2019 and will operate until Saturday 14 December 2019.

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


Caledonian Sleeper

From June 2019 brand new sleeper trains will be operating on all Caledonian Sleeper routes. Every room on board the new trains captures the spirit of Caledonian Sleeper, with handcrafted Glencraft mattresses for the ultimate sleep and – for the first time – en-suite facilities in select accommodation options.

More details on the different accommodation options can be found here.


New additional fast trains will run between Southend and central London, taking that service from 4 trains per hour to 5 trains per hour.

Chiltern Railways

Two existing services will be joined together to create a direct service between London and Stratford-upon-Avon, doubling the number of weekday services.


Extra weekday trains will run between Exeter and Bristol, and between Exeter and Birmingham. Timetables are available here.

East Midlands Railway

Some journey time improvements on a small number of peak time services. Timetables are available here.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Improvements are planned to services between London and Norwich / Ipswich. Timetables are available here.


Great Western Railway

An extra morning service will run between Cheltenham and London, and an extra evening service between London and Cheltenham.

Extra weekday services will run between Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.

Gatwick Express

From Monday to Friday certain Gatwick Express services will call additionally at Preston Park at morning and evening peak times.

Grand Central

The timetable is available here.

Great Northern

From Monday to Friday most Great Northern services will continue to operate to the current timetable.

Two bus services will replace trains between Stevenage and Hertford North and between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone all day throughout this timetable. This will continue until a fifth platform has been built at Stevenage.

On Saturdays, a revised Great Northern service will operate on the Cambridge route, with a second ‘Cambridge Flyer’ each hour. Other Great Northern Saturday services will continue to operate to the current timetable.

On Sundays, Great Northern services will continue to operate to the current timetable.

Heathrow Express

No timetable changes have been announced.

Hull Trains

There have been minor timing changes to a number of services. The new timetable can be downloaded from here.

Island Line

There will be no changes to the service from Monday to Saturday.

But the summer Sunday service of two trains per hour will now continue throughout the winter.

London Northwestern Railway

More direct services will run from local stations to London, the West Midlands and the North West.

There will be more early, late and weekend services. Details of how the services will be changing in May at your London Northwestern Railway station can be found here.

London North Eastern Railway

The timetable is available here.

London Overground

The timetable is available here.


No timetable changes have been announced.


Northern will be making a number of timetable enhancements:

  • A new hourly service between Chester and Leeds (via Manchester Victoria)
  • An hourly service between Hull and Scarborough
  • A new hourly service, Monday to Saturday, between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central (more background information is available here)
  • Faster Leeds to Lincoln services



There will be additional Sunday services between Glasgow, Fort William and Mallaig. Also faster journeys between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa.


There will be journey time reductions on various routes. Customers on key Southeastern routes between London, Maidstone, Canterbury and the Kent Coast are set to benefit from journey time reductions of up to four minutes, with early morning commuters from Gravesend also benefitting from two new services.

Full details of the improvements being introduced by Southeastern are available here.

South Western Railway

During the morning peak times, there will be 2 additional Reading to London Waterloo services. Also an additional Ascot to Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo, and Hounslow to London Waterloo service.

During the evening peak times, there will be 2 additional London Waterloo to Farnham (via Ascot) services, one additional London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside service, and 2 additional Reading to Ascot services.

There will also be:

  • 2 additional fast Portsmouth to London Waterloo services in the morning peak,  and an additional evening peak service to Guildford /Haslemere.
  • A new half-hourly service between Farnham and Guildford.
  • Extra later evening services from London Waterloo to Salisbury, and London Waterloo to Portsmouth.
  • On Sundays, there will be a new Salisbury to Reading (via Basingstoke) service.
  • On the south coast, there will be some additional services between Weymouth/Poole/Southampton and London Waterloo during peak times.
  • Extra weekday and weekend services from Yeovil to London Waterloo calling at Castle Cary, Bruton and Frome.
  • An additional evening London Waterloo to Chessington South and Chessington South to Wimbledon service


Full details of the changes being introduced by South Western Railway can be found here.


From Monday To Friday, most Southern services will continue to operate to the current timetable, however some services may have minor changes to times, with some additional stops. Customers travelling from Hassocks will have an additional service to London in the morning peak, and return in the evening. These trains will provide a direct service to and from Clapham Junction and London Victoria.

On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be no change to the Southern timetable. However many additional Thameslink services will operate, some on the Southern route between London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.

TfL Rail

Additional services will run out of London Liverpool Street and London Paddington stations. Timetables are available here.


An additional train each hour will run direct between Brighton and Cambridge, with two direct trains per hour now running each way. During the rush hours this will add 36 carriages and around 2,000 extra seats from these towns into London.

TransPennine Express

The new TransPennine Express timetables which begin on 19 May can be downloaded from here.

Transport for Wales

New services will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Chester, linking Liverpool, Cheshire and north Wales. Trains will call at Liverpool South Parkway, Runcorn, Frodsham and Helsby. An hourly service will run, with peak time extensions to Wrexham General.

The new services are being introduced along the 1.5 mile long Halton Curve as part of Network Rail's Great North Rail Project following extensive upgrades to track and signalling.

Virgin Trains

The new Virgin Trains timetables which begin on 19 May can be found here.

West Midlands Railway

There will be more early, late and weekend services. Details of how the services will be changing in May at your West Midlands Railway station can be found here.

Last updated:   18 August 2019