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Monday to Friday timetables are available below. These timetables have been revised to show services we are planning to operate. There may be additional on-the-day alterations to Thameslink and Great Northern services; which we will advise you of as early as possible by updating Journey Planners and Live Departure Boards. It is essential that you visit nationalrail.co.uk and recheck your journey as close to your time of travel as possible.

If you are planning to travel on Saturdays or Sundays, please plan your journey by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner. Once again it is essential that you recheck your journey at nationalrail.co.uk as close to your time of travel as possible for on-the-day alterations.

Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday timetables valid from Sunday 15 July

Download full timetables below. There may be additional on-the-day alterations, so it is essential that you recheck your journey at nationalrail.co.uk immediately before travelling, particularly if travelling overnight and at weekends when engineering work may take place. A list of planned engineering work is shown here this work may not yet be reflected in journey planners.

 Thameslink: Bedford, Luton and St Albans City to London (Until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink: London to Sutton, Sevenoaks and Rainham (Kent) (Until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink: London and East Grinstead, Horsham, Brighton and Littlehampton (Until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink and Great Northern: Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Cambridge to London (Until 8 Dec)

 Great Northern: Hertford North and Welwyn Garden City to London (Until 8 Dec)

Winter Timetable – Great Northern services from 10 December 2018

Monday to Friday

An additional 200 services will be added to the Monday to Friday timetable on Thameslink and Great Northern routes from Monday 10 December.

30 additional services will operate during the morning and evening peak and 170 services off-peak. This will bring the total number of daily Monday to Friday train services that we operate across Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink to 3600.

Additional train carriages will be introduced for services to and from Moorgate on the Great Northern route. The new carriages, built by Siemens, have air conditioning, Wi-Fi and power points and will provide a 27% increase in capacity.

Most current services remain unchanged but please check your journey as new services may provide additional journey options:

Weekends

There will be no change to the timetable on Saturdays or Sundays, however please regularly check for alterations before you travel, as engineering work often takes place at weekends.

Christmas and winter weather

A revised service will operate on all routes, with some engineering work taking place from Sunday 23 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 inclusive. Find out more on our Christmas and New Year information page.

If severe weather is forecast, please check our website as services may be subject to alteration.

Winter timetable FAQs

What is happening in the winter timetable?

The winter timetable starts on Monday 10 December. From then we plan to add around 200 extra weekday services into the Thameslink and Great Northern timetable, providing more capacity and greater connectivity through the day. This is made up of 30 peak and 170 off peak services.

Where can I find details of the changes?

You can search for your individual journey in online journey planners such as nationalrail.co.uk and those already include the amendments from Monday 10 December. Updated timetables are available to download from our websites and printed copies will be at stations from early November. We encourage you to check before you travel so you become aware of the additional services that may be suitable for you.

Are there changes to the Southern & Gatwick Express timetable?

On Southern, most services in the winter timetable remain unchanged with just some timing improvements for connectivity particularly on the East Coastway.

There are no changes to the current Gatwick Express timetable.

What are you doing for the weekend timetable?

The weekend timetable will continue in its current format for now, with more services planned by May 2019.

Our current simplified weekend timetable means engineering work alterations can be overlaid in a shorter than usual timeframe. There is every intention of returning to normal industry agreed timescales and both planning teams in Thameslink Railway and Network Rail continue to work to achieve this as quickly as possible.

When travelling at weekends we encourage you to check close to your time of travel to see the most up to date service plan.

When will you increase the weekend timetable?

We are planning to introduce additions to the weekend service in May 2019 and further increases at future timetable changes. Further details will be shared once the final timetables have been determined and agreed with industry partners.

Is it all going to go smoothly?

Unlike before, we have had the time to plan for this timetable in cooperation with Network Rail.

This means that we have been able to better optimise the use of our train crew.

In addition, most additional December services are in the off-peak and the new timetable does not involve operation over new infrastructure or change of timings to most existing services.

How is this going to affect the Christmas getaway?

Amended services will operate over the period from 23 December to 1 January inclusive. Victoria is shut for the Christmas period for Network Rail to carry out essential engineering work. Further information available here.

Why won’t the Winter Timetable deliver what was announced earlier in the year?

Industry leaders have agreed it would be sensible and prudent to complete the introduction of the May timetable before making any further changes. The May timetable that will effectively be delivered in December, will deliver 70% of the total capacity benefits of the Thameslink Project.

Will there be further timetable changes?

We have submitted our plans for the next timetable change in May 2019. Weekday improvements are mainly focussed on the Cambridge to Brighton corridor. These plans are subject to industry approval.

Why can’t you add another stop on a service – it will only take a minute or two longer?

If we add additional stops to a service we need to allow additional time. This may not be permitted under the industry timetable planning rules or may import a risk to the performance of the timetable as a whole which would lead to delays for passengers across the network.

There are so many inter-dependencies throughout the Thameslink Railway network that a delay can quickly spread so we need to make sure that any requests for additional stops go through the agreed industry validation process to confirm if they can be accommodated without impacting on performance.

Has Thameslink Railway got enough drivers?

Yes. There are currently approximately 1990 qualified drivers in Thameslink Railway to work the required 930 jobs per day. These jobs resource circa 3600 trains a day. This is the highest figure ever. In addition there are a further 268 trainee drivers undergoing training to expand our services in the future.

How long does it take to train a driver?

Driver training consists of classroom training which last six months. Thereafter training involves a minimum of 250 hours of driving time with an instructor on a 1:1 basis. Typically it will take a further 6-9 months to become a qualified driver.

Why don’t you have more trainees?

We are currently undertaking the largest training programme in the industry and have expanded the classroom facilities, simulators , trainers and instructors to accommodate this programme. Thameslink do not need any more trainees at this point.

Does this mean Thameslink will not have cancellations due to a ‘lack of a drivers’?

No. The Thameslink Railway resourcing team work very hard seven days a week to ensure there is a driver on every train. However, from time to time an increases in the levels of sickness or number of drivers temporarily unable to drive (e.g. following an incident) may lead to cancellations. During service disruption (e.g. a signalling fault) it is also likely that a delayed driver may not arrive on time to take his or her next train.

Why don’t you have spare drivers?

We do. A number of spare drivers are rostered each day at each depot to protect against late notice sickness or minor disruption.

Why don’t drivers work extra shifts?

Most do. In line with many Train Operating Companies we have a voluntary rest day working agreement where drivers can volunteer for additional duties which either avoid cancellations or provide additional resilience.

When will the temporary bus replacement between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage start?

This will start when the second hourly Cambridge – Brighton service is introduced. The target date is May 2019.

How do I claim additional compensation for the disruption that followed the introduction of the May 2018 timetable?

We know many passengers across the country were affected by the earlier disruption to rail services, including ours, following the introduction of the May timetable. As our way of saying sorry to our customers, additional industry compensation is being offered to qualifying Thameslink and Great Northern season and non-season ticket holders most severely affected between 20 May and 28 July 2018. More information is available here

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09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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11 - Kings Lynn and Ely to Cambridge and London

11 - King's Lynn and Ely to Cambridge and London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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12 - Cambridge to London

12 - Cambridge to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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13 - Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London

13 - Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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16 - Hertford North and Bowes Park to London

16 - Hertford North and Bowes Park to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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