MAJOR timetable changes have come in for Great Northern Rail trains.
With the changes brought in from May 20 2018, we’ve got the lowdown to try and minimise the stress on your morning commute.
Alamy Here’s the lowdown on the changes to the Great Northern Rail timetable change
When did Great Northern Rail’s new timetable start?
A new timetable came into operation on all routes from 2am on Sunday May 20 and the times of every train will change.
The timetable change will bring more trains on many routes across the rail network and introduce new routes bringing direct services between new destinations as part of RailPlan20/20.
Under the new timetables being rolled out by Govia Thameslink Railway across the network, space for 40,000 more passengers into London at peak times will be added next month which is a weekly capacity boost equivalent to the population of Bristol.
What are the main changes for Great Northern Rail?
Under the new timetable, changes include:
Direct Thameslink services from Cambridge and local Great Northern stations to Brighton via London Bridge and Gatwick Airport will offer new destinations and travel opportunities By the time the programme is complete almost twice as many carriages from Cambridge and almost double the number of standard class seats – 4,600 more vs 5,000 with over 2,000 more additional fast service seats Direct Thameslink services from Peterborough to Horsham via London Bridge and Gatwick Airport By the time the programme is complete almost a third more carriages from Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots with over 1,200 more seats (over 20% more) (base: all services). Increased frequency and capacity of trains from Welwyn Garden City. Hadley Wood will enjoy increased off-peak frequency into London after extensive consultation with passenger groups Increased off peak services on the Hertford Loop (4 trains per hour up from 3 trains per hour and doubling on Saturdays from 2 trains per hour to 4 trains per hour) Increased off peak services between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City (4 trains per hour up from 3 trains per hour and doubling on Saturdays and Sundays) Improved frequency for Watton at Stone (increased to half hourly) Trains between London Kings Cross and Kings Lynn will now serve Cambridge North Improved evening services between London and Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock Changes to calling patterns for Royston and Letchworth to better match demand