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Winter timetable to be introduced on Thameslink and Great Northern from Monday 10th December

Author: Marius West Published: 10th December 2018 05:44

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Winter timetable to be introduced on Thameslink and Great Northern from Monday 10th December

From Monday 10th December, passengers on Thameslink and Great Northern will benefit from 200 additional weekday services. There will be 32 additional peak and 170 off peak trains. Most current services already in the timetable will remain unchanged.

The boost takes the total number of daily services across the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network to 3,600 from 3,400 in July. Additional peak services will operate across the network from Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, St Albans, Horsham, Rainham, Luton, Orpington, East Grinstead, Bedford and on the Wimbledon loop.

Elsewhere on the Govia Thameslink Railway network, most Southern and Gatwick Express services will remain unchanged and there will be no change to weekend services across the GTR network. As part of the introduction, 12 night services will be introduced from 7 January.

Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of GTR, said: "I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience as we add the extra services and while Network Rail carry out engineering work. We have learnt the lessons of the May timetable change, taking the full three months to plan change and improve travel advice to passengers. The winter timetable also gives passengers more options to travel - particularly for off-peak journeys."

Network Rail's Route Managing Director for the South East Route, John Halsall, said: "Network Rail has been working alongside GTR to make sure passengers benefit from the additional services that the winter timetable will provide. December is traditionally a busy month on the railways and there will be planned weekend engineering works, so we advise passengers to check before they travel from 10 December and between Christmas and New Year."

Almost 2,000 drivers are now working across the GTR network - more than ever. Front-line staff are being issued with new smartphones so they are better able to help passengers with live information about their services.

As the extra trains are brought in, there will be extra staff at key stations to help out, including many volunteers from across GTR.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel until the end of the holiday period, on 7 January, due to timetable revisions to allow for engineering works and a bedding in period for the new services. Network Rail will be carrying out essential work at this time at London Victoria and Kentish Town.

Passengers can find out more about the engineering work and the new services in advance. They should check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk/christmas or download the National Rail app for live departure updates and timetable information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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