Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have announced their winter timetable changes saying most current services remain unchanged and they’ll bring an extra 12 night time services for Bedford passengers from 7 January.
Govia say that across their network passengers will benefit from 200 additional weekday services. These include 32 additional peak and 170 off peak trains. Most current services already in the timetable will remain unchanged.
Additional peak services will operate across the network from Bedford, Luton, St. Albans, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Horsham, Rainham, Orpington, East Grinstead, and on the Wimbledon loop.
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.”
GTR now have 2,000 drivers working across their network and front-line staff are being issued with new smartphones so they are better able to help passengers with live information about their services.
However, passengers are still advised to check before they travel until the end of the Christmas period, on 7 January, due to timetable revisions due to essential engineering work at this time at London Victoria and Kentish Town.
Passengers can find out more about the engineering work and the new services at www.nationalrail.co.uk/christmas.