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Summer timetable from 19 May 2019

Current timetable for Thameslink services between 19 May - 14 Dec 2019

Download the current 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.

Information and FAQs about the summer timetable services.

Monday to Friday

An additional 29 trains will operate every weekday with an additional service each hour in both directions between Cambridge and Brighton, doubling the frequency of this service at peak times and throughout most of the day. These services will call at stations on the Cambridge branch, Hitchin, Stevenage, through central London and on to Brighton via Gatwick Airport.

With the addition of these services, from Monday 20 May we will be operating 20 trains per hour through central London stations on weekdays.

Other Thameslink services will continue to operate to the current timetable, with additional stops at some Cambridge route stations. There are minor changes to other services, with some trains departing earlier at stations from Royston to Hitchin.

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Saturday

An additional 180 services will operate on Saturdays.

There will be a new hourly service between Cambridge and Brighton. In addition the service frequency will be doubled on the following routes with: two additional services operate per hour between Bedford and Gatwick Airport and one additional service per hour between Kentish Town and Rainham.

Other Saturday services will continue to operate to the current timetable.

Please check for alterations before you travel, as engineering work often takes place at weekends.

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Sunday

An additional 100 services will operate on Sundays.

There will be a new hourly service between Cambridge and Gatwick Airport. An additional service will also operate each hour on the following routes: between Bedford and Gatwick Airport, Bedford and Three Bridges and between Kentish Town and Rainham. This doubles the frequency of trains between Bedford and Gatwick Airport and Kentish Town and Rainham.

In the afternoon two services per hour will operate between Sutton and St Albans City.

Please check for alterations before you travel, as engineering work often takes place at weekends.

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Frequently asked questions

See our FAQs for the summer timetable. Timetable PDFs can be downloaded from further down the page.

What is happening in the Summer timetable?

The Summer timetable starts on Sunday 19 May 2019. We are introducing new services to provide increased capacity between Cambridge and Brighton, as well as expanding our weekend services on Thameslink with a combination of new and restored services.

Most existing journeys will stay the same, but please check your individual journey, as you may be affected by times changing by a few minutes to improve punctuality.

On weekdays, we will introduce a second Thameslink train each hour, between Brighton and Cambridge. There are also new early-morning services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. The new Thameslink service will provide space for an extra 1,750 people every hour in both directions. In response to passenger feedback we are also adding additional stops on selected services, with Gatwick Express stops at Preston Park and Thameslink stops at Royston, Letchworth and Knebworth.

On Saturdays, an additional 180 trains will operate on Thameslink. This includes a new service between Brighton and Cambridge connecting with Gatwick Airport and through central London. There will also be another fast service each hour between London King’s Cross and Ely. In addition Thameslink services between Bedford and Gatwick Airport and between Kentish Town and Rainham increase to four and two trains per hour respectively.

On Sundays, an additional 100 trains will operate on Thameslink. This includes a new service between Cambridge and Gatwick Airport through central London. We will also increase Thameslink services between Bedford and Gatwick Airport and between Kentish Town and Rainham to four and two trains per hour respectively. Some afternoon Thameslink services between Sutton and Blackfriars will be extended to operate to and from St Albans City.

Where can I find details of the changes?

Plan your individual journey online using the journey planner at nationalrail.co.uk.

Timetable PDFs are available to download below, printed copies will be available at stations from 20 April 2019.

Most existing journeys will stay the same, however to improve connections, punctuality and to reduce the potential for delays, some departures may change by a couple of minutes. Please check before you travel!

Is it all going to go smoothly?

Yes. Our Winter timetable was introduced smoothly last December and we are again preparing carefully to ensure a similar positive outcome this time.

Will there be further timetable changes?

Yes. We have submitted our plans for the next timetable change in December 2019. These plans are subject to industry approval. This and future timetable changes will look to balance maximum possible space for passengers with reliability and punctuality.

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

The timetable is designed to manage the interactions between not only our 3,600+ daily trains, but also with the train services of other train operators. Each train is timed to the nearest 30 seconds to ensure integrated operation with others at junctions, platforms and congested parts of the railway. It is very important that each train has a schedule agreed with Network Rail and is able to run exactly on time.

If we add additional stops to a service we need to allow extra time and even a couple of minutes can change the performance of a large number of trains in an area. As a result, changes may not be permitted under the industry timetable planning rules or may create a risk to performance.

This means that we need to carefully examine even small changes. We have managed to incorporate a selection of these in the Summer Timetable, such as the additional stops at Royston, and for school children in the Worthing area.

Have you got enough drivers?

Yes. Across our network we have well over 2,000 qualified drivers. We have increased the number of drivers on Thameslink and Great Northern, which has seen the greatest increase in services, by 50% since 2014. Southern has increased 9% since it joined Thameslink and Great Northern in July 2015.

We also have trainee drivers undergoing their training to ensure that drivers are replaced when they leave, and we are looking to recruit more women into the role than ever before. Our driver recruitment campaign is the biggest in the UK.

How long does it take to train a driver?

After a robust selection process, driver training consists of classroom training which lasts six months. This is followed by practical training involving a minimum of 250 hours of one-to-one driving time with an instructor. This typically takes a further six to nine months to become a qualified train driver.

Why don’t you have more trainee drivers?

We are currently undertaking the largest training programme in the industry with more than 200 trainees. We have expanded all resources including the classroom facilities, simulators, trainers and instructors to accommodate this programme. We do not need any more trainees at this point.

Does this mean there will be no cancellations due to a ‘lack of drivers’?

No, while that is our aim we cannot guarantee this. Our resourcing team work very hard, seven days a week, to ensure there is a driver on every train. However, from time to time we have to cancel trains due to the following:

  • An increase in the levels of driver sickness at a depot
  • A number of drivers temporarily unable to drive (e.g. following an incident such as a person hit by a train)
  • During service disruption (e.g. a signalling fault) it is possible that a delayed driver may not arrive on time to take his or her next train
  • A planning error that means we do not have the right driver with the right route or train knowledge to drive the train
  • A lack of volunteers available to work one of their rest days when the rostered driver is unavailable

Why don’t you have spare drivers?

We do. Across our depots we have an appropriate level of qualified drivers. This includes rostering a number of ‘spare’ drivers each day to provide resilience when we have late notice for sickness absence, or during minor disruption.

Why don’t drivers work extra shifts?

Many do. In line with other 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.

Why do you use ‘Rest day working’?

Despite operating the largest training programme in the country, it is not possible to train enough drivers quickly enough to simultaneously expand our services and eliminate rest day working. The number of drivers on Thameslink and Great Northern has increased by 50% since 2014 to reflect our expanding services. The standard working week for drivers is four days a week meaning that many choose to work some additional shifts.

Do you have many female drivers?

Not enough! But the situation is improving. Out of the last 100 trainee drivers that we have recruited, 20 are women. We are actively promoting an increase in diversity across our business and have a target to make sure 40% of all our driver applications are from women by 2021. You can hear the story of one our female drivers in this Evening Standard article. (We are not responsible for the content on third party websites).

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01 - Bedford and Luton to London

01 - Bedford and Luton to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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02 - Bedford Luton and St Albans City to London

02 - Bedford Luton and St Albans City to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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03 - Radlett and West Hampstead Thameslink to London

03 - Radlett and West Hampstead Thameslink to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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04 - Sutton and Wimbledon Loop services

04 - Sutton and Wimbledon Loop services

19 May to 14 December 2019

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05 - Luton to Orpington and Sevenoaks

05 - Luton to Orpington and Sevenoaks

19 May to 14 December 2019

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06 - Luton to Dartford and Rainham

06 - Luton to Dartford and Rainham

19 May to 14 December 2019

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07 - Peterborough and Cambridge to Gatwick Airport and Brighton

07 - Peterborough and Cambridge to Gatwick Airport and Brighton

19 May to 14 December 2019

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09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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12 - Cambridge to London

12 - Cambridge to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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13 - Cambridge, Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London (stopping and semi fast trains)

13 - Cambridge, Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London (stopping and semi fast trains)

19 May to 14 December 2019

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14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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17 - Brighton to Gatwick Airport and London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon, Brighton

17 - Brighton to Gatwick Airport and London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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18 - Haywards Heath to London and Brighton

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Preston Park, Brighton, Lewes, Hove

18 - Haywards Heath to London and Brighton

19 May to 14 December 2019

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19 - Horsham Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport to London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley, and Horsham

19 - Horsham, Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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20 - Redhill and Reigate to London and Gatwick Airport

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Norwood Junction, East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill, Reigate, Earlswood (Surrey), Salfords, Horley, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley, Horsham

20 - Redhill and Reigate to London and Gatwick Airport

19 May to 14 December 2019

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24 - Littlehampton and Worthing to Brighton and London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, London Bridge, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, Brighton, Hove, Aldrington, Portslade, Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, East Worthing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea, Goring-by-Sea, Angmering, Littlehampton, Barnham, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth & Southsea, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Central

24 - Littlehampton and Worthing to Brighton and London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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29 - Uckfield and East Grinstead to London

29 - Uckfield and East Grinstead to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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31 - Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, Balham, London Bridge, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, Sutton, Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Guildford, Box Hill & Westhumble, Dorking, Holmwood, Ockley, Warnham, Horsham

31 - Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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32 - Caterham to London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Norwood Junction, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley Oaks, Sanderstead, Purley, Kenley, Whyteleafe, Upper Warlingham, Whyteleafe South, Caterham

32 - Caterham to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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34 - Epsom to Sutton and London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, Balham, London Bridge, Tulse Hill, Streatham, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, Waddon, Wallington, Carshalton Beeches, Mitcham Eastfields, Mitcham Junction, Hackbridge, Carshalton, Sutton, Cheam, Ewell East, Epsom, Belmont, Banstead, Epsom Downs

34 - Epsom to Sutton and London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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37 - East Croydon to London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, London Bridge

37 - East Croydon to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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38 - Purley to London

For services calling at London Victoria, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Purley

38 - Purley to London

19 May to 14 December 2019

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42 - Norwood Junction and Forest Hill to London Bridge

For services calling at London Bridge, New Cross Gate, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Penge West, Anerley, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, East Croydon

42 - Norwood Junction and Forest Hill to London Bridge

19 May to 14 December 2019

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44 - Streatham Tulse Hill and Peckham Rye to London Bridge

For services calling at London Bridge, South Bermondsey, Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, East Dulwich, North Dulwich, Tulse Hill, Streatham, Streatham Common, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, West Croydon, East Croydon

44 - Streatham, Tulse Hill and Peckham Rye to London Bridge

19 May to 14 December 2019

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