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Winter 2020 timetable from 13 December

There will be some changes to the timetable, as is normal at this time of year.

What services are not operating?

The timetable has been designed again to be as resilient as possible at a time when our staff are impacted by coronavirus. Some services have changed in response to customer feedback, passenger demand, and to prepare for the important upgrade of King’s Cross.

  • Gatwick Express remains suspended because, with such low numbers coming through the airport, the 14 Southern and Thameslink trains we run every hour into London are more than sufficient to meet demand
  • Southern services will not operate to/from Guildford, please use South Western Railway services

What changes will I see from 13 December?

  • Trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge will double in length to eight carriages as part of the Fen Line upgrade – easing crowding and helping passengers to socially distance
  • Additional evening services between King’s Cross and Peterborough and Baldock in preparation for the East Coast Upgrade programme
  • Additional off-peak station stops at Brookmans Park and Welham Green
  • Additional peak time services between Bedford and East Grinstead
  • Additional early morning services between Orpington and Kentish Town

Services will start earlier on the following routes on weekdays:

  • East Grinstead to London Victoria
  • Redhill to Tonbridge
  • Reigate to London Victoria
  • Seaford to Brighton
  • Ore to London Victoria
  • Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour
  • Brighton to Hastings

Extra Saturday services on the following routes:

  • Brighton to Lewes
  • Brighton to West Worthing
  • Sutton to London Victoria
  • London Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace

Some routes will have a reduced service during the middle of the day

How do I plan a specific journey?

Due to Coronavirus, planning engineering work is harder than usual. This means online journey planners may only be updated at short notice.

Travelling on dates up to and including Saturday 12 December 2020

To help you plan, timetables are available further down this page. Please note: these will not reflect any changes due to engineering work. We strongly advise that you re-check your journey closer to your date of travel. Information on when online journey planners are currently correct up to are available here.

Travelling on dates including and from Sunday 13 December 2020

Timetables for dates after 13 December are now live in online journey planners, however, these timetables will not include alterations relating to planned engineering work until closer to the date of operation.

In order to keep you informed we will continue to advise you here when engineering work alterations have been updated. As soon as the information is available, details of work taking place will be advertised on our engineering work page here. Information on when online journey planners are currently correct up to are available here.

Availability of advance fares

For details of the availability of advance fares, please visit the advance ticket availability information here. If your pre-booked journey is changed, for example the time is amended, then you can either continue to travel on the revised timetable or apply for a refund.

Timetables up to and including Saturday 12 December 2020

Monday to Friday timetables

Most of our services have plenty of space to allow you to socially distance. To help you travel safely, we have highlighted busier services so you know which ones to avoid.

Great Northern and Thameslink (north of London)

Southern and Thameslink South London Metro

Southern Mainline and Thameslink (south of London)

Thameslink (Kent)

Thameslink (Kent)

Saturday and Sunday timetables

Please note that weekend timetables don’t currently have busier services highlights, but all services usually have space to allow you to remain socially distanced.

Great Northern and Thameslink (north of London)

Southern and Thameslink South London Metro

Southern Mainline and Thameslink (south of London)

Thameslink (Kent)


Short notice alterations

There may be short notice cancellations during this period so check Service Disruption online before leaving for the station. We will update our live departures and our service updates as soon as we can.

Timetables from 13 December onwards

These will be available to download around the beginning of December. Please check back closer to the time.