Press release -
New winter timetable heralds longer trains and extra services
Thameslink and Great Northern passengers are being asked to check before they travel when the updated winter timetable is introduced from Sunday 13 December 2020.
Great Northern will be doubling the length of trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge to eight carriages following the completion of the £29m Fen Line upgrade, delivered in collaboration with Network Rail. This much-anticipated improvement will create more space and help passengers socially distance.
On Thameslink, in response to customer feedback and passenger demand, there will be additional peak-time services between Bedford and East Grinstead and between Orpington and Kentish Town to provide extra room on-board suburban services, and new journey options.
To prepare for the three-month partial closure of King’s Cross for essential upgrade work from March 2021, there will be a set of changes to Great Northern and Thameslink services using the station. This includes additional evening services between King’s Cross and Peterborough and Baldock.
On Great Northern, there will also be additional off-peak station stops at Brookmans Park and Welham Green.
Managing Director of Thameslink and Great Northern, Tom Moran, said: “If you need to travel then you can do so with confidence thanks to our intensive cleaning regime and long-lasting viruscide, so long as you remember to wash or sanitise your hands at each end of your journey, wear a face covering, and keep your social distance by using our online tools to avoid busy services.
“This December, in collaboration with Network Rail, we’ll be doubling the length of trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge, creating more space and helping passengers socially distance. There will also be changes to train times across the network, so don’t forget to check before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk.”
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria