Press release -
Reduced weekday timetable on Thameslink and Southern services from 26 July
Thameslink and Southern will introduce a reduced weekday timetable on Monday 26 July 2021 across five routes, with passengers being strongly advised to check before they travel.
The Thameslink routes affected are:
- Between Sutton and St Albans City via Wimbledon and via Hackbridge
- Between Gatwick Airport and Bedford
The Southern routes affected are:
- Between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction/Milton Keynes
- Between Beckenham Junction and London Bridge via Dulwich
- Between London Bridge and Caterham/Tattenham Corner
Like so many other industries across the country, Thameslink and Southern have seen a significant rise in colleagues needing to isolate in recent weeks. This, combined with the knock-on impact and disruption of Covid-19 over the past 17 months, unfortunately means that there are fewer colleagues available to operate services at present.
By bringing in a reduced weekday timetable now, passengers will have more certainty about services and experience fewer short notice cancellations. However, it is still possible additional changes will need to be made on the day including at weekends.
Where possible, the weekday changes are focused on lines where there is overlap at stations with other train services or there are alternative transport choices. They have also been chosen in places where new services can be created by adding station stops on alternative trains to help passengers complete their journeys.
Steve White, Chief Operating Officer for Govia Thameslink Railway which operates Thameslink and Southern, said: “Regrettably, we have had to make the difficult decision to reduce some weekday services.
“Unfortunately, like other industries across the country, coronavirus continues to affect our operations. We have fewer colleagues available at the moment due to a significant increase recently in the number of our people affected by Covid-19.
“Our colleagues have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic and we’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused by the latest changes.
“By bringing in a reduced timetable now, it will help to reduce short notice cancellations and give customers more certainty. We strongly advise passengers to check before they travel, including at weekends.”
Passengers travelling with Thameslink or Southern should check before they travel, including at weekends, with the latest information available in planners such as National Rail Enquiries from this Sunday 25 July 2021.
Notes to editors
The reduced timetables will be in place until further notice but will be reviewed weekly should any further changes need to be made.
Due to a technical limitation, it is not possible to update journeys in www.nationalrail.co.uk more than seven days in advance. Journey planners will be updated for the following week, by Sunday of the previous week.
Great Northern, which is also operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, is unaffected by these changes.
More information on changes to the timetable
Between Sutton and St Albans City via Wimbledon and via Hackbridge
One train per hour will travel via Wimbledon and one train per hour will travel via Hackbridge to create a two trains per hour service in the Streatham to St Albans City section.
Between Gatwick Airport and Bedford
The service group between Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Horley, Salfords, Earlswood and Redhill will not run. Alternative trains will call at Earlswood and Salfords hourly throughout the day.
This will mean a reduced service from Bedford to London with two services between Bedford, London and Brighton running per hour. During the peak hours there are extra trains that will still run during this amended timetable.
Between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes
Southern will run two services per day in each direction:
05.27 Balham to Milton Keynes Central
07.01 Milton Keynes Central to Selhurst
17.16 Selhurst to Milton Keynes Central
19.16 Milton Keynes Central to Selhurst
At other times, passengers will need to use London Overground and London Northwestern Railway services for stations on this route.
Between Beckenham Junction and London Bridge via Dulwich
These trains will not run, there will be no Southern service at Beckenham Junction or Birkbeck. Customers at these two stations will need to use Southeastern services (Beckenham Junction) or Tramlink (Birkbeck).
There is also no direct service between Crystal Palace and Dulwich, customers will need to use London buses to travel between West Norwood and Tulse Hill.
Between London Bridge and Caterham / Tattenham Corner
A shuttle service will run between Tattenham Corner and Purley at half-hourly frequency in busy periods and hourly throughout the day.
Caterham to London Bridge services via Tulse Hill will continue to run.
In the early morning and late evening there will be other direct services between Caterham and London Bridge. Alternative trains will call at Purley Oaks and South Croydon to provide as many journey options as possible.
For more information, contact the press office on 0203 750 2031.
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