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Changes to the National Rail Timetable

Changes to the timetable from 16 May 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.

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 have been made to the timetable from May 2021 onwards for their services.

 

Avanti West Coast

There will be no new destinations at the start of the May 2021 timetable.

However, more trains will be running, with an extra service each hour on the Manchester and Birmingham routes.

The scheduled timetable for the period 16 May to 11 September 2021 is available from the Avanti West Coast website by clicking here. Please always check before you travel, as it is possible that measures to protect against coronavirus could impact the published times.

Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper is planning on running a full service for the entire timetable period, other than scheduled engineering works.

There will however be some restrictions whilst social distancing remains.

Day train services between Edinburgh – Fort William, Fort William – Edinburgh and Kingussie – Inverness will not be operating.

Club car service will not be available and numbers in the seated coach will limited.

 

c2c

No timetable changes have been announced by c2c.

 

Chiltern Railways

Weekdays (except bank holidays): There are no significant changes being made to the timetable in May. Chiltern Railways are currently running around 80% of the number of services, compared to before the pandemic.

Weekends: Services at weekends are often affected by engineering works or special events and timetables can change from week to week, often at short notice. Please check the Chiltern Railways website for the most up to date information.

Timetables from Sunday 16 May until early-September 2021 can be downloaded from the Chiltern Railways website here.

CrossCountry 

CrossCountry will be making the following changes to the May 2021 timetables:

  • Reintroduce a half hourly service between Nottingham and Birmingham New Street
  • Reintroduce a half hourly service between Birmingham New Street and Leicester.

         

Long distance services between Scotland / North East and The South West, and between Manchester Piccadilly and Reading/ Bournemouth, will be unchanged.

Please note that with the continuing need to run fewer but longer trains for the foreseeable future, this year CrossCountry will not be operating the summer weekend train services to and from Newquay. Or the enhanced Saturday service to and from Paignton.

East Midlands Railway

From 16 May 2021 the timetable for services to and from London St Pancras International is changing. There will be a whole host of improvements like more seating, faster journeys, earlier morning and later evening services as well as more frequent connections to airports. This is made possible by the £1.5 billion Midland Main Line Upgrade and the introduction of new environmentally friendly EMR Connect train services between Corby and London.

There are also some improvements to East Midlands Railway Regional services, including new journey opportunities and a more consistent timetable. The improvements include:

Nottingham - Derby - Matlock

  • An extra train every hour between Derby and Nottingham, providing improved journey options and additional hourly services for Beeston, Long Eaton and Attenborough
  • An additional weekday morning service from Matlock to Derby. This will be achieved by starting an existing Ambergate to Derby service back at Matlock
  • Enhanced service for Spondon.

       

Leicester – Nottingham – Lincoln

  • Later evening weekday services between Nottingham and Leicester
  • Services from Leicester to Lincoln will extend to Grimsby Town every two hours during off-peak hours on weekdays
  • More evening weekday services will run to Newark Castle from Nottingham and Lincoln
  • Attenborough will gain an additional service every hour.

     

Derby – Crewe

  • Weekday and Saturday services will run through to Nottingham and Newark Castle for the first time since 2007
  • Later evening weekday service.

      

A station search facility is available on the East Midlands Railway website - you can check how the timetable changes will impact your train service here.

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

Timetables for dates up to 11 September 2021 are available on the Grand Central website.

Great Northern

London Kings Cross to Cambridge – stopping service

An increase to two trains per hour throughout the day at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth

Peterborough to London Kings Cross via Huntingdon, St Neots, Biggleswade and Stevenage

Great Northern services to London Kings Cross will be increased to three morning departures from Peterborough (06:05, 07:04, 08:03) and three evening departures from London Kings Cross (17:12, 18:12, 19:18), providing an hourly frequency in the morning and evening peaks. 

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway are planning to run additional services in the summer timetable, bringing them back to around 90% of their usual timetable. These services are showing in journey planners.

During the May - December timetable period, Network Rail will be replacing Bristol East Junction, which is a key junction on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads station. Work will also be taking place on improvements to Bristol Temple Meads station itself.

The work will be taking place over an eight week period, from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September 2021. During this time you may find that your journey in the Bristol area will be disrupted by line closures, which may involve you needing to use road replacement transport, and even the closure of Bristol Temple Meads station itself on some days.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

Timetables for dates up to 11 September 2021 are available on the Greater Anglia website.

Heathrow Express

No changes have been announced to the normal Heathrow Express timetable, with trains departing every 15 minutes.

Hull Trains

An interim timetable with a limited train service will run from Monday 17 May to Thursday 3 June. Trains will operate on a more frequent basis from Monday 7 June to Saturday 11 December.

Timetables are available on the Hull Trains website.

Island Line

Buses will be replacing Island Line trains until newer and more reliable trains are introduced during Summer 2021.

These Class 484 trains will thoroughly modernise the customer experience on Island Line bringing new features such as free on-board Wi-Fi, improved passenger information, at seat charging points and wheelchair spaces.

Upgrades to Island Line’s infrastructure, including a new passing loop at Brading, will allow a regular 30-minute service to operate, improving connections with Wightlink ferries. The work to upgrade the track will also make journeys smoother, and upgrades to platforms will improve access to the Class 484 trains. 

London Northwestern Railway

Timetables are changing on Sunday 16 May, but train frequency on the majority of routes is unchanged. You can find updated timetables on the London Northwestern Railway website here.

A station search facility is also available on the London Northwestern Railway website via the same link. 

London North Eastern Railway

No timetable changes have been announced by LNER.

London Overground

There will be additional services on Sunday mornings (09:00 - 12:00) between Highbury & Islington and Crystal Palace to provide a more consistent service.

There will be no Night Overground services.

Merseyrail

The current amended Merseyrail timetable will continue until further notice. The latest timetables are available from the Merseyrail website here.

 

Northern

Northern services will return to the full timetable from May 2021.

Northern will no longer be the operator of the Cleethorpes – Barton-upon-Humber route, which will move to East Midlands Railway.

ScotRail

The May timetable will see an increase in services compared to the current reduced timetable. The service changes include:

  • An increase in Monday to Saturday services operating between Glasgow, Barrhead, Dumfries and Kilmarnock
  • An increase in weekday evening peak services operating between Glasgow and East Kilbride
  • An additional Monday to Saturday peak time 16:45 Aberdeen to Dundee service
  • Reintroduction of some Glasgow - Oban route services
  • Changes to station stops on services in Ayrshire to better meet customer demand
  • Increased usage of Class 156 trains to provide more seats on services.

 

Southeastern

Additional fast and stopping services will be reintroduced on key Southeastern routes, with more services in the early mornings also added. Some off-peak services will be reinstated. There will also be extra trains for day-trippers to the Kent coast. Here is a summary:

High Speed

An additional 14:55 weekday service from London St Pancras to Faversham and a 15:30 return service have been added.

The 15:25 weekday service from London St Pancras-Ramsgate now terminates at Faversham, with a connection onto Ramsgate.

Chatham Mainline

An additional 05:50 weekday service has been added from Faversham to London Cannon Street.

The 07:56 weekday service from Ramsgate to London Charing Cross via Sandwich will start from Faversham at 07:05 calling at all stations. This provides a direct service to Sandwich for school pupils from beyond Ramsgate.

An additional 17:41 weekday service will run between London Cannon Street and Dover Priory.

Additional off-peak services will run between London Victoria and Ramsgate via Whitstable and Margate for day-trippers to the coast.

On Saturdays, the 05:00 service from Gillingham to London Victoria has an additional stop at Denmark Hill for NHS and shift workers in London.

Maidstone East line

An additional fast service will run weekdays from Ashford International to London Victoria at 09:10.

Hastings line

Off-peak weekday services from London Charing Cross to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells are reinstated.

London Bridge Metro

On weekdays there will be an additional 07:45 service from Barnehurst to London Charing Cross, calling at all stations via Bexleyheath.

At off-peak times, and in the evening, the London Charing Cross - Dartford service via Blackheath and Woolwich Arsenal is reinstated.

At off-peak times, the London Charing Cross - Sevenoaks via Grove Park stopping service is also reinstated.

Victoria Metro

On Saturday mornings, the following additional services between Dartford and London Victoria will run to provide NHS and shift workers at Denmark Hill with earlier services:

  • 05:32 and 06:02 from Dartford to London Victoria
  • 06:04 and 06:34 from London Victoria to Dartford

 

South Western Railway

In line with the further easing of lockdown restrictions, from 16 May, South Western Railway will be running more services, so you can continue to travel with confidence.

Weekdays will see 244 more services each day, an increase of 19% on current levels, bringing the number of services to 85% of pre-COVID levels. This increase will provide more than 18,000 extra seats into London Waterloo during the morning peak, an increase of 31%.

Weekend services will remain close to pre-pandemic levels with 92% of services running on Saturdays, and 99% on Sundays.

Timetables are available from the South Western Railway website here.

Southern

From 16 May 2021 Southern are introducing their Summer timetable which this year brings additional weekday trains, to support you in your return to the railway as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Journey Planners are updated with these changes.

Uckfield to London Bridge

  • A hourly-service will run throughout the day (except for between 21:07 and 23:07)
  • A half-hourly service will run between 06:33 and 07:33 to support school travel.

       

East Grinstead to London St Pancras International / Bedford

Four extra Thameslink services will run to provide additional peak time services. These are:

  • 05:55 London St Pancras International to East Grinstead
  • 07:15 East Grinstead to Bedford
  • 17:55 London St Pancras International to East Grinstead
  • 19:17 East Grinstead to London Bridge

       

Brighton to Hastings/Ore 

The current hourly service will increase to half-hourly at certain times of the day.

Brighton to Hove

Half-hourly shuttle services will run throughout the day.

Epsom to London Bridge via West Croydon

Additional peak time services will run

Sutton to London Victoria via West Croydon, Norbury and Balham

Four trains per hour will run at certain times of the day

London Bridge to London Victoria via Crystal Palace

Two trains per hour will run at certain times of the day.

Beckenham Junction / Crystal Palace to London Bridge via Tulse Hill

Two trains per hour will run.

 

TfL Rail

Timetables from 16 May to 11 December 2021 on the routes between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport / Reading, are available here.

No trains are calling at Heathrow Terminal 4 station whilst the airport terminal is temporarily closed.

Thameslink

From 16 May 2021 Thameslink are introducing their Summer timetable which this year brings additional weekday trains, to support you in your return to the railway as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Journey Planners are updated with these changes.

Orpington/Sevenoaks to Luton/London Blackfriars via Bromley South and Catford 

Two trains per hour will run between Orpington and Luton during busy times. This will increase the service at stations such as Bromley South and Catford to up to four trains per hour during busy times.

Luton to London Blackfriars

Semi-fast services for stations such as Radlett, Elstree & Borehamwood, Mill Hill Broadway and West Hampstead Thameslink will increase by two trains per hour during busy times.

East Grinstead to London St Pancras International / Bedford

Four extra Thameslink services will run to provide additional peak time services. These are:

  • 05:55 London St Pancras International to East Grinstead
  • 07:15 East Grinstead to Bedford
  • 17:55 London St Pancras International to East Grinstead
  • 19:17 East Grinstead to London Bridge

      

London Kings Cross to Cambridge – stopping service

An increase to two trains per hour throughout the day at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth

 

 

TransPennine Express

Timetables for dates from Sunday 16 May until Saturday 11 December 2021 are available on the TransPennine Express website.

 

Transport for Wales

There will be no significant service level changes in May.

The next timetable change will occur in September 2021.

West Midlands Railway

Timetables are changing on Sunday 16 May, but train frequency on the majority of routes is unchanged. You can find updated timetables on the West Midlands Railway website here.

A station search facility is also available on the West Midlands Railway website via the same link. 

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Last updated:   16 May 2021