Press release -
Southern set to introduce updated winter timetable
Southern passengers are being asked to check before they travel when its updated winter timetable is introduced from Sunday 13 December 2020.
In response to customer feedback and passenger demand, new early morning weekday services will be reintroduced on several lines, along with additional Saturday services on the Brighton to Lewes, Brighton to West Worthing, Sutton to London Victoria and London Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace routes.
To support these changes, the frequency on some routes will reduce for a few hours during the middle of the day when trains are quieter. For example, between 12:00 and 15:00, the frequency of trains between London Victoria and Eastbourne will change from half-hourly to hourly, before returning to half-hourly at busier times.
Broadly speaking, the same number of services will operate as before.
Gatwick Express remains suspended because, with such low numbers coming through the airport, the 14 Southern and Thameslink trains run every hour into London are more than sufficient to meet demand.
Southern and Gatwick Express Managing Director Angie Doll 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.
“The updated timetable being introduced in December reshuffles some of our services to provide some new early morning trains and help deliver services at the busier times of the day. We will keep the timetable under review with feedback from our customers. 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