Changes to train times


Changes to the National Rail Timetable

Changes to the timetable from 23 March 2020

The rail industry is working to support efforts to delay the spread of coronavirus and to keep services running for essential travel.

From Monday 23rd March, a reduced timetable will be introcuded to ensure that vital train services for key workers can keep running throughout a prolonged coronavirus outbreak.

For more information, please visit our latest travel news page

The December timetable started on Sunday 15 December 2019 and operates until Saturday 16 May 2020.

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

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.


Avanti West Coast

No timetable changes have been announced for December 2019.

The timetable is available here.

Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper timetables are available here.


No timetable changes have been announced for December 2019.

The timetable is available here.

Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper timetables are available here.

Chiltern Railways

The direct Stratford-Upon-Avon to London services introduced back in May will carry forward for the December timetable so that hassle-free day trips can still be enjoyed. The timetable also sees an additional service from Aylesbury Vale Parkway to London on Saturday morning.

The new Chiltern Railways timetable is available here.


Improvements to CrossCountry services in the December timetable include:

  • The current 17 minutes past the hour departures from Birmingham New Street to Plymouth move to 12 minutes past the hour – restoring a half-hourly train service from Birmingham New Street to Bristol
  • Following improvements resulting from the major track remodelling at Derby, four weekday and five Saturday trains between Birmingham and Newcastle will run considerably faster, taking up to 30 minutes less time than currently.
  • Trains on CrossCountry routes will be re-timed in the new timetable, with many faster journeys. Please check departure times carefully.

East Midlands Railway

There are a few changes to how services will run from 15 December 2019 onwards. These include additional services between Kettering and Corby, winter services on routes to Skegness and Cleethorpes, and minor changes to times on certain routes.

The new timetables are available here.

Gatwick Express

Most current train times remain unchanged, but passengers are asked to check the online Journey Planner as some services may provide additional journey options.

Grand Central

The full timetable from December 2019 is available here.

Great Northern

Additional Great Northern Metro calls at New Southgate and Oakleigh 

New Southgate and Oakleigh Park 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

Network Rail is currently delivering a programme of intensive maintenance and cleaning of the tunnels on the Northern City Line, the section of track between Moorgate and Finsbury Park. In December, Network Rail will start overnight and weekend possessions to improve its access to the track and to complete more work than can be completed during the normal break between the first and last trains.

From Monday 16 December, the last weekday departure from Moorgate will be the 21:40 service to Watton-at-Stone. Later departures on the Great Northern Metro routes to Welwyn Garden City and Watton-at-Stone will depart from London Kings Cross.

On weekends, all Great Northern Metro services from Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North will be diverted into London Kings Cross. However, during planned weekend engineering work at London Kings Cross, Moorgate will be made available wherever possible to provide an alternative route.

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 new services are being introduced, and they won't always stop at the places frequent travellers might be used to.

You can find more information by visiting

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Greater Anglia will be introducing new services to Cambridge and Cambridge North:

  • New hourly direct services between Stansted Airport and Norwich via Cambridge and Cambridge North, seven days a week (except Monday to Friday peak hours, when a change at Cambridge/Ely will be necessary)
  • New direct services between Cambridge North and London Liverpool Street via Cambridge, seven days a week (as most Greater Anglia London services are extended to/from Cambridge North)
  • New hourly direct services between Cambridge and Ipswich on Sundays (providing an hourly frequency seven days a week)

These services will be supported by Greater Anglia’s introduction of brand new trains.

The timetables from 15 December 2019 onwards are available here.

Heathrow Express

No timetable changes.

Hull Trains

Minor retiming of some trains. The new timetable from 15 December 2019 onwards is available to download here.

Island Line

No timetable changes, other than minor retiming of some trains.

London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern Railway are investing £524m to make the service better - better stations, better journeys, better trains. The latest improvements include the following:

  • 4 carriages will be added to the Friday late night / early morning 00:05 departure from London Euston to Northampton. 
  • London Euston - Rugeley Trent Valley trains, via Birmingham will become London Euston - Walsall services.
  • New direct Sunday trains between Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston, via Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry
  • Most departures times will change at Bletchley, particularly connections from the mainline onto the Marston Vale line in the evening peak
  • New fast trains from Northampton to London Euston during the evening peak on weekdays.

To see what's changing at your station please check here.

London North Eastern Railway

LNER will introduce new Azuma services between Harrogate and London Kings Cross from 15 December 2019. The Yorkshire spa town will benefit from an extra five new services each day. Horsforth will also benefit from additional LNER services.

London Kings Cross - Newcastle services will be extended to run to and from Edinburgh.

London Overground

The new London Overground timetables are available here.


No timetable changes have been announced for December 2019.


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.


ScotRail timetables from 15 December 2019 are available here


Southeastern's new timetable includes some small changes to keep trains running on time. The new timetables are available to download here

South Western Railway

South Western Railway timetables from 15 December 2019 onwards are available to download here.


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

07:16 Rye to Ashford International service: This train, 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

From Sunday 15 December TfL Rail will start running the stopping services between London Paddington and Reading ahead of the service becoming part of the Elizabeth line. These services are currently operated by Great Western Railway. Some fast services will continue to be operated by Great Western Railway between Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough and London Paddington.

TfL zones do not apply to stations beyond West Drayton, but for the first time from 2 January 2020, customers will be able to use pay as you go with contactless across the route all the way from London Paddington to Reading. More information on these changes can be found here.

The timetable for journeys from London Paddington to Heathrow T4 / Reading can be found here.

The timetable for journeys from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield can be found here

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Connection of existing Saturday Horsham to London Bridge and Peterborough to London Kings Cross services:

The existing Thameslink services between Horsham and London Bridge and between London Kings Cross and Peterborough will connect via London 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.

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

Withdrawal of the 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.

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 Sunday).
  • 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 every 15 minutes 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.
  • A service 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 Sunday) with the last train from Leeds to Hull departing later at 23:33.
  • Services calling at Dewsbury will now be part of the Newcastle / Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport route. 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

  • Twelve 5 carriage trains will be introduced on this route offering an additional 105 seats per train.
  • 6 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 Saturday).
  • 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

The December 2019 timetable includes much enhanced Sunday services with brand new services on some routes along with an increased frequency and earlier / later services on other routes. The launch of the new timetables also marks the start of the rollout of newer and refurbished trains.

Sunday service improvements include:

  • Rhymney – Cardiff: seven extra services between Rhymney and Cardiff and 13 extra services between Cardiff and Caerphilly including earlier and later services
  • Treherbert – Cardiff: 13 extra services now providing an hourly service including earlier and later services.
  • Barry Island – Cardiff: The summer timetable now running all year round including earlier and later services.
  • Cardiff Bay Shuttle: 30 extra services and will now run until 22:00 (previously finished at 1900)
  • Maesteg – Cardiff: A brand new service with 7 services in each direction
  • Cardiff Central – Swansea: 15 extra services between the two cities including earlier and later services
  • Shrewsbury – Crewe: Seven extra services with the introduction of new shuttle service for local stops and faster direct services
  • Pwllheli – Machynlleth: Eight extra services, increasing the service from one return service to five return services throughout the day
  • Aberystwyth – Shrewsbury: Five extra services
  • Chester – Crewe: Extra services as the summer service extends to an all-year service
  • Llandudno Junction – Llandudno Town: Extends to an all-year service with 31 extra Sunday services
  • Llandudno Junction – Blaenau Ffestiniog: Extends to an all-year service with eight extra services
  • Holyhead to Manchester: Additional services with earlier starts and later finishes.

More information is available here.

West Midlands Railway

Changes from December include the following:

  • From Birmingham towards Shrewsbury, trains that depart at 49 minutes past the hour from Birmingham will leave earlier at 34 minutes past the hour to give a better spread of trains
  • An extra train every hour between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street, Mondays to Saturdays, calling at all stations
  • On the Hereford line there will be extra carriages.
  • New services at 05:53 from Lichfield City, and at 05:58 from Lichfield Trent Valley towards Birmingham.

To see what's changing at your station please check here.

Last updated:   20 March 2020