Trains to double between Bedford and London to support gradual return to ‘normality’

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Thameslink Train

Govia Thameslink has said trains between Bedford and London will double across all-station and fast train services to meet demand as ‘normal’ life returns following the pandemic.

The changes, which affect the timetables of Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink trains will change on Monday 6 September 2021.

Rail bosses say the new timetables are “designed to meet the needs of customers across the network and support schools, colleges and those returning to the office”.

Almost 1,000 trains per week will be reinstated across the network, to support local service increases which include:

  • Two services per hour running all day between Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Redhill from 6 September.
  • In combination with Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton, there will be up to four services per hour between Bedford and St Pancras International.
  • Four services per hour will run between St Albans and Sutton from 6 September, resulting in more stopping services across the route.

“These changes will ensure we provide you with an increase in trains and provide a more reliable service as we steadily work to overcome the legacy of the pandemic,” said Govia Thameslink Rail Chief Operating Officer, Steve White.

“As people come back to using the railway, we will continue to adapt our services to match demand.”

Govia Thameslink Rail says their staffing levels continue to be affected by the pandemic but the new timetable will make better use of available drivers so they can provide more reliability.

“The Covid third wave this summer has been the most challenging throughout the pandemic to balance the availability of our resources with the needs of our customers, said Mr White.

“We apologise if you have been affected.”

You can view the full new timetable at nationalrail.co.uk from 28 August.

There are no changes to weekend services, but there may be planned engineering works so travellers are advised to check ahead.

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