Britain's biggest rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said yesterday it will be changing the time of every train in a bumper shake-up starting from Sunday 20 May.
Teething problems are expected with a major redeployment of trains and crews occurring over the coming weeks, as it looks to run 400 more trains every day with the introduction of the new timetable.
With GTR responsible for services across Thameslink, Southern rail, Great Northern and Gatwick Express, thousands of passengers will be affected by the changes.
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The train operator said that on most routes the new timetable will operate in its entirety from Sunday 20 May. But on some, a limited number of services will not run in the beginning - one or two in each weekday peak and some in the off-peak.
It is planned that the full service will run across all routes from 11 June.
Here's where initial disruption is expected...
|Here are the routes where services will be reduced initially during the transition period:
- Peterborough - London: Two trains in each peak (One for two weeks, one for a single week)
- Luton - London: One train in the morning peak (for one week), two trains in the evening peak (one for one week and one for three weeks)
- Rainham - London: 1 train in the morning peak (for 2 weeks); 1 train in the evening peak (for 3 weeks)
- Orpington - London: There are no trains affected in the peak, only off-peak
- Horsham - London: There are no trains affected in the peak, only off-peak
- Passengers will also need to check ahead for the schedule shake-up, as many will see their trains start and terminate at different stations e.g. many King's Cross services will instead call at St Pancras
A roundup of the changes being made from 20 May:
|Thameslink improvements GTR has pledged
- An expanded network with, by the end of 2019, cross-London Thameslink trains calling at 80 more stations
- Those travelling between East Croydon and London Blackfriars (via London Bridge) should notice a significant uplift in services – three times the number of services to Blackfriars in the morning rush (up from 9 at present to 29 from 20 May, rising to 33 in December)
- A significant increase in frequency and length of trains between Bedford and St Pancras: Bedford 32 per cent more carriages, 33 per cent more seats; two express services an hour; Flitwick 21 per cent more seats; Luton 27 per cent more carriages, 25 per cent more seats; St Albans 32 per cent more carriages, 25 per cent more seats
- Thameslink services diverted via Crystal Palace start to call again at London Bridge (which should save time on journeys south of Blackfriars)
- New half-hourly cross-London service from Horsham via Redhill to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to Stevenage and Peterborough
- New half-hourly cross-London service from Gatwick Airport via Redhill to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford
- Littlehampton via Hove to London Bridge peak services transfer to Thameslink, with a new timetable and cross-London travel opportunities to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford
- New half-hourly peak-time cross-London service from East Grinstead via Oxted to London Bridge, Blackfriars, Farringdon, City Thameslink, St Pancras International and beyond to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford
- At Brighton – Eight trains to London Bridge in the morning peak rising to 11 in December compared with three currently
- New Thameslink services for Greenwich, Dartford and the Medway towns between Luton and Rainham (north Kent)
- Radlett, Elstree & Borehamwood and Mill Hill Broadway will have more off-peak services, up to six an hour
- Catford Loop in south London – doubling of off-peak services to London, bringing extra capacity to Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Nunhead, Crofton Park, Catford, Bellingham, Beckenham Hill and Ravensbourne
|Southern rail improvements pledged by GTR
- Over 50 per cent longer trains throughout the day on the West London Line between East Croydon and more frequent services to and from Watford Junction in the morning and evening peaks
- A new South London Metro network featuring longer trains in the off-peak:
- Improved morning peak mainline services from Eastbourne to London Victoria with three additional peak arrivals at 0705, 0735 and 0754 filling an existing two-hour gap
- The first train to London Victoria from Eastbourne will depart 20 minutes earlier providing an earlier arrival into Gatwick Airport
- A half hourly evening peak train will be introduced between London Victoria and Eastbourne with an additional train at 1815 reducing two 45-minute gaps
- Increased frequency (6 trains per hour instead of 5 trains per hour) between Brighton and Lewes with increased stops at Falmer and Moulsecoomb
- Increased frequency (4 trains per hour instead of 3 trains per hour) between Eastbourne and Hastings
- New late evening train one hour later than current, from Ashford International to Hastings via Rye
- New later weekday, later evening and Sunday services for Normans Bay
- On the West Coastway route (from Littlehampton via Worthing and Hove), new Thameslink cross-London services and additional peak trains will be introduced
- New direct all-day Sunday trains for Portslade and Lancing with the introduction for hourly trains to and from London Victoria for the first time
- Trains between East Grinstead and London Bridge will extend beyond London Bridge to and from London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras International. Many of these trains will continue to St Albans, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton and Bedford