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Our timetable

Last updated: 29 November 2021

Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink services from Sunday 12 December

Train times will change from Sunday 12 December as we introduce our Winter timetable. The timetable introduction will be phased, with the last phase introduced after the holiday period on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

More information on these changes is available here.

Planning your journey

Please use the journey planner at nationalrail.co.uk, which is expected to be updated to show the services we plan to run as follows:

  • For journeys on dates between Sunday 12 December and Saturday 18 December; journey planners will be updated from Monday 6 December
  • For journeys on dates between Sunday 19 December and Thursday 23 December; journey planners will be updated from Monday 13 December
  • For journeys on Friday 24 December, the early shutdown to services is already updated in journey planners. The temporary service reductions during the day, however, will be updated on 13 December
  • For journeys on dates after Sunday 26 December; journey planners have already been updated

Please re-check your journey again before travelling for any late notice changes, as is may be necessary to make additional changes on the day of operation.

Timetables, valid from 4 January can be viewed below. For journeys between 12 December and 3 January, please use journey planners as detailed above.

Why is coronavirus affecting train services?

Like many other industries, our staffing levels are being severely affected by the pandemic right now. This is especially true as we’ve seen the third wave across the UK this summer acutely affecting our people in July and August. This has affected our colleagues in line with the national trend seen right across the country.

The challenge remains a mix of coronavirus-related absence and the knock-on impact of disruption to our businesses and people over the past year where, for example, essential training has been delayed or there are some colleagues waiting for NHS operations before they can go back to their duties. This means many companies just don’t have all the staff available that they usually would. We're also seeing far less people travel overall - less than 50% of what we used to.

We are all living with the legacy of Covid and getting colleagues back on track in the short term is challenging. Changes to rules around Test and Trace will help but are not an overnight fix.

However, by introducing a new timetable, this does help us manage these issues better and has reduced the number of short notice cancellations, which we know are hugely frustrating for customers.

How do I find out about engineering works?

Due to Coronavirus, planning engineering work is harder than usual. Always check your journey before you travel, as there may be changes to services due to engineering work and any local disruption on the day. Online journey planners may only be updated with works close to when they are due to happen.

In order to keep you informed we will continue to advise you 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 is available here.

When will services change in the future?

We are keeping the current situation under weekly review and will update you if any further changes will be made.

Ticket information

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.