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Timetables

Monday to Friday timetables are available below. These timetables have been revised to show services we are planning to operate. There may be additional on-the-day alterations to Thameslink and Great Northern services; which we will advise you of as early as possible by updating Journey Planners and Live Departure Boards. It is essential that you visit nationalrail.co.uk and recheck your journey as close to your time of travel as possible.

If you are planning to travel on Saturdays or Sundays, please plan your journey by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner. Once again it is essential that you recheck your journey at nationalrail.co.uk as close to your time of travel as possible for on-the-day alterations.

Current timetable - Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday timetables

Download full 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.

 Thameslink: Bedford, Luton and St Albans City to London (until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink: London to Sutton, Sevenoaks and Rainham (Kent) (Until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink: London and East Grinstead, Horsham, Brighton and Littlehampton (Until 8 Dec)

 Thameslink and Great Northern: Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Cambridge to London (Until 8 Dec)

 Great Northern: Hertford North and Welwyn Garden City to London (Until 8 Dec)

Winter Timetable – Thameslink services from 10 December 2018

Monday to Friday

An additional 200 services will be added to the Monday to Friday timetable on Thameslink and Great Northern routes from Monday 10 December.

30 additional services will operate during the morning and evening peak and 170 services off-peak. This will bring the total number of daily Monday to Friday train services that we operate across Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink to 3600.

Most current services remain unchanged but please check your journey as new services may provide additional journey options:

Weekends

There will be no change to the timetable on Saturdays or Sundays, however please regularly check for alterations before you travel, as engineering work often takes place at weekends.

Christmas and winter weather

A revised service will operate on all routes, with some engineering work taking place from Sunday 23 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 inclusive. Find out more on our Christmas and New Year information page.

If severe weather is forecast, please check our website as services may be subject to alteration.

Winter timetable FAQs

What is happening in the winter timetable?

The winter timetable starts on Monday 10 December. From then we plan to add around 200 extra weekday services into the Thameslink and Great Northern timetable, providing more capacity and greater connectivity through the day. This is made up of 30 peak and 170 off peak services.

Where can I find details of the changes?

You can search for your individual journey in online journey planners such as nationalrail.co.uk and those already include the amendments from Monday 10 December. Updated timetables are available to download from our websites and printed copies will be at stations from early November. We encourage you to check before you travel so you become aware of the additional services that may be suitable for you.

Are there changes to the Southern & Gatwick Express timetable?

On Southern, most services in the winter timetable remain unchanged with just some timing improvements for connectivity particularly on the East Coastway.

There are no changes to the current Gatwick Express timetable.

What are you doing for the weekend timetable?

The weekend timetable will continue in its current format for now, with more services planned by May 2019.

Our current simplified weekend timetable means engineering work alterations can be overlaid in a shorter than usual timeframe. There is every intention of returning to normal industry agreed timescales and both planning teams in Thameslink Railway and Network Rail continue to work to achieve this as quickly as possible.

When travelling at weekends we encourage you to check close to your time of travel to see the most up to date service plan.

When will you increase the weekend timetable?

We are planning to introduce additions to the weekend service in May 2019 and further increases at future timetable changes. Further details will be shared once the final timetables have been determined and agreed with industry partners.

Is it all going to go smoothly?

Unlike before, we have had the time to plan for this timetable in cooperation with Network Rail.

This means that we have been able to better optimise the use of our train crew.

In addition, most additional December services are in the off-peak and the new timetable does not involve operation over new infrastructure or change of timings to most existing services.

How is this going to affect the Christmas getaway?

Amended services will operate over the period from 23 December to 1 January inclusive. Victoria is shut for the Christmas period for Network Rail to carry out essential engineering work. Further information available here.

Why won’t the Winter Timetable deliver what was announced earlier in the year?

Industry leaders have agreed it would be sensible and prudent to complete the introduction of the May timetable before making any further changes. The May timetable that will effectively be delivered in December, will deliver 70% of the total capacity benefits of the Thameslink Project.

Will there be further timetable changes?

We have submitted our plans for the next timetable change in May 2019. Weekday improvements are mainly focussed on the Cambridge to Brighton corridor. These plans are subject to industry approval.

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

If we add additional stops to a service we need to allow additional time. This may not be permitted under the industry timetable planning rules or may import a risk to the performance of the timetable as a whole which would lead to delays for passengers across the network.

There are so many inter-dependencies throughout the Thameslink Railway network that a delay can quickly spread so we need to make sure that any requests for additional stops go through the agreed industry validation process to confirm if they can be accommodated without impacting on performance.

Has Thameslink Railway got enough drivers?

Yes. There are currently approximately 1990 qualified drivers in Thameslink Railway to work the required 930 jobs per day. These jobs resource circa 3600 trains a day. This is the highest figure ever. In addition there are a further 268 trainee drivers undergoing training to expand our services in the future.

How long does it take to train a driver?

Driver training consists of classroom training which last six months. Thereafter training involves a minimum of 250 hours of driving time with an instructor on a 1:1 basis. Typically it will take a further 6-9 months to become a qualified driver.

Why don’t you have more trainees?

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

Does this mean Thameslink will not have cancellations due to a ‘lack of a drivers’?

No. The Thameslink Railway resourcing team work very hard seven days a week to ensure there is a driver on every train. However, from time to time an increases in the levels of sickness or number of drivers temporarily unable to drive (e.g. following an incident) may lead to cancellations. During service disruption (e.g. a signalling fault) it is also likely that a delayed driver may not arrive on time to take his or her next train.

Why don’t you have spare drivers?

We do. A number of spare drivers are rostered each day at each depot to protect against late notice sickness or minor disruption.

Why don’t drivers work extra shifts?

Most do. In line with many 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.

How do I claim additional compensation for the disruption that followed the introduction of the May 2018 timetable?

We know many passengers across the country were affected by the earlier disruption to rail services, including ours, following the introduction of the May timetable. As our way of saying sorry to our customers, additional industry compensation is being offered to qualifying Thameslink and Great Northern season and non-season ticket holders most severely affected between 20 May and 28 July 2018. More information is available here

Find your timetable

Search by the name of your station or station code to find your timetable. (For instance, ‘St Albans City’ or ‘SAC’)

01 - Bedford and Luton to London

01 - Bedford and Luton to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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02 - Bedford Luton and St Albans City to London

02 - Bedford Luton and St Albans City to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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03 - Radlett and West Hampstead Thameslink to London

03 - Radlett and West Hampstead Thameslink to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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04 - Sutton and Wimbledon Loop services

04 - Sutton and Wimbledon Loop services

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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05 - Luton to Orpington and Sevenoaks

05 - Luton to Orpington and Sevenoaks

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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06 - Luton to Dartford and Rainham

06 - Luton to Dartford and Rainham

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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07 - Peterborough and Cambridge to Gatwick Airport and Brighton

07 - Peterborough and Cambridge to Gatwick Airport and Brighton

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

09 - Peterborough and Stevenage to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

10 - Peterborough and Arlesey to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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12 - Cambridge to London

12 - Cambridge to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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13 - Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London

13 - Royston and Letchworth Garden City to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

14 - Hitchin and Stevenage to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

15 - Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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17 - Brighton to Gatwick Airport and London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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18 - Haywards Heath to London and Brighton

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

3 September to 8 December 2018

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19 - Horsham, Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

3 September to 8 December 2018

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20 - Redhill and Reigate to London and Gatwick Airport

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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24 - Littlehampton and Worthing to Brighton and London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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29 - Uckfield and East Grinstead to London

29 - Uckfield and East Grinstead to London

20 May to 8 December 2018

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29 - Uckfield and East Grinstead to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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31 - Tattenham Corner and Coulsdon to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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32 - Caterham to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

3 September to 8 December 2018

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34 - Epsom to Sutton and London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

3 September to 8 December 2018

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37 - East Croydon to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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38 - Purley to London

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

38 - Purley to London

3 September to 8 December 2018

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38 - Purley to London

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

20 May to 8 December 2018

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42 - Norwood Junction and Forest Hill to London Bridge

9 December 2018 to 18 May 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

3 September to 8 December 2018

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

9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019

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