04th December 2018
Starting on Monday 10th December, passengers on Thameslink and Great Northern will benefit from 200 additional weekday services, with an additional 32 peak and 170 off peak trains, this represents a major increase in seats available throughout the network. The majority of services in the current timetable will remain unchanged and the increase takes the daily number of services to around 3,600.
Additional peak services will operate across the network from Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, St Albans, Horsham, Rainham, Luton, Orpington, East Grinstead, Bedford and on the Wimbledon loop.
Along with the addition of these new services, driver recruitment means that there are now in excess of 2,000 drivers on the GTR network, more than ever. Front-line staff are also being equipped with the latest technology in order to assist passengers with live information about their service.
Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of GTR, said: “I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience as we add the extra services and while Network Rail carry out engineering work. We have learnt the lessons of the May timetable change, taking the full three months to plan change and improve travel advice to passengers. The winter timetable also gives passengers more options to travel - particularly for off-peak journeys.”
Network Rail’s Route Managing Director for the South East Route, John Halsall, said: “Network Rail has been working alongside GTR to make sure passengers benefit from the additional services that the winter timetable will provide. December is traditionally a busy month on the railways and there will be planned weekend engineering works, so we advise passengers to check before they travel from 10 December and between Christmas and New Year.”
Author: Darren Porter
Image: Govia Thameslink Railway