Govia Thameslink Railway launches consultation on December 2015 timetable

Date: 14 Nov 2014

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has launched a 12 week consultation with passengers and stakeholders on the proposed off-peak timetable which will be introduced in December 2015 to pave the way for the new expanded Thameslink network of 2018. This also covers other improvements on the Great Northern route to Moorgate.

GTR operates the Thameslink (Bedford to Brighton, Sutton and Wimbledon) and Great Northern (London to Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn) rail services. In July 2015 the Southern and Gatwick Express routes will be incorporated into the franchise. The proposed new timetable affects Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services only.

The consultation focuses primarily on the initial changes to off-peak services in December 2015 but also gives an indication of proposals for future changes throughout the franchise culminating with the final timetable change during 2018 once the full £6.5bnThameslink Programme works are complete.

The timetable which comes into operation on Monday 5 January 2015 forms the basis of the December 2015 timetable.

Proposed December 2015 timetable – the highlights:

The focus of the proposed timetable changes in December 2015 is the off-peak Brighton Main Line service pattern to benefit passengers south of London Victoria, London Bridge and London Blackfriars earlier than planned, providing:

• Significantly improving performance and delay recovery
• Services with more evenly spaced intervals
• Reduced journey times from London to Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne, Portsmouth,
Southampton, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Hastings
• Extension of two Gatwick Express services to Brighton in each hour enabling new trains to be introduced
• Retention of four direct services per hour between Bedford and Gatwick Airport
• New off-peak services from Redhill, Merstham, Coulsdon South and Purley to London
Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras International, St Albans and Bedford
• Improved, half hourly overnight services between London and Luton Airport. Currently hourly train services are provided during the night.

On the Great Northern route:
• Letchworth Garden City, Stevenage, Hertford North and Welwyn Garden City services to Moorgate will be extended to run at weekends and between 0600 and midnight on weekdays.
• These services currently run into King’s Cross at weekends and on weekdays until 0630 and after 2200. These proposed changes are in recognition of previous stakeholder requests following the increasing late night and weekend activity in the Old Street and Moorgate areas and also to allow much improved connectivity at key interchanges with the London Overground at Highbury & Islington and as well as continued London Underground connections at Highbury & Islington and Moorgate.

Passengers and stakeholders are encouraged to take part in the consultation process by downloading the consultation document from or

A paper copy can be requested by writing to:

GTR Dec 2015 Consultation

For more information, please call the GTR press office on 0345 4700 789.


Editor’s notes

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) began running Thameslink (Bedford to Brighton, Sutton and Wimbledon) and Great Northern (London to Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn) rail services on Sunday 14 September.

A small number of services and stations currently operated by Southeastern will transfer to GTR in December 2014 and in July 2015 the Southern and Gatwick Express routes will be incorporated into the franchise. Southern operates in London, Surrey, Sussex and parts of Kent and Hampshire; Gatwick Express services run between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria.

GTR will then be the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff: GTR will carry about 273 million passenger journeys per year, employ around 6,500 people and generate annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn.

GTR has ambitious plans to improve the passenger experience. Nearly 1,400 new train carriages are on the way, and it is planning to introduce a wide range of new services. It will also be introducing new routes, and increasing capacity on existing ones – especially on crowded peak time services into and out of London. This includes delivering 10,000 additional morning peak seats into the capital.

You can find out more about the Thameslink Programme at