“The train you travel on today will not exist from 20th May,” says Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). “That’s the simple truth.”
From 2am on Sunday 20th May 2018, schedules with origins stretching almost a century will be torn up. Every train time on the operators Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express is being changed. There will also be a knock-on effect on Southeastern services.
The new timetable promises dramatic improvements for commuters from Brighton to London Victoria, the core of the Southern operation.
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.
The aim for the changes is to provide more frequent services and space for 40,000 more passengers as part of the Thameslink programme, as well as more spacious trains and faster journeys.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) chief executive, Charles Horton, said: “A huge number of passengers will notice the benefits in terms of new journeys, better intervals between trains, improved reliability, and more capacity across a wide region.”
The changes are responding to the increase in passenger numbers as they will schedule more time for boarding at 75 stations and bring more trains on more routes and direct trains between new destinations.
New Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink timetables to download
A new timetable will be in operation on all routes from Sunday 20th May and the times of every train will change.
The timetable change will bring more trains on many routes and introduce new routes bringing direct services between new destinations as part of RailPlan20/20. See the route map for an overview of our larger network.
Network Rail have now finished loading the full timetable to journey planners so you can use these to plan your journey. Please note that alterations because of engineering work (which usually takes place over night, at weekends and on bank holidays) will not be updated until 14 days before the date of operation, so please re-plan your journey before you travel.
Alternatively, see the timetables below for the full weekday timetables.
Mondays to Fridays timetables
Important information if you are travelling between 21st May and 8th June
On the routes listed below, the full service will be introduced during the first three weeks of the timetable.
- Peterborough – Stevenage – London St Pancras International – London Bridge – Gatwick Airport – Horsham
- Luton – West Hampstead Thameslink – London St Pancras International – London Bridge – Greenwich – Dartford – Rainham
- Luton – West Hampstead Thameslink – London St Pancras International – Elephant & Castle – Catford – Bromley South – Orpington
Visit the timetable introduction page for more information.
Saturday and Sunday timetables
For weekend services, please continue to plan your journey using the National Rail journey planner. The times shown in journey planners are now correct, however please note that alterations because of engineering work will not be updated until 14 days before the date of operation so please re-plan your journey before you travel.
Route information sheets