News from East Midlands Trains


May 2018 Thameslink Timetable Change

As part of the Thameslink programme, a brand new timetable will be introduced in May 2018. This forms part of one of the biggest timetable recasts in recent railway history and will provide extra seats, improved journey times and better connections on the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network and beyond.

Work has already started on the transformation of the Midland Main Line which will deliver the biggest upgrade in almost 150 years and with investment of over £1 billion will create a bigger, faster and more reliable network.

In order for Govia Thameslink Railway to increase the number of services on our shared lines into London, we have had to make changes to our timetable, in conjunction with Department for Transport (DfT). These necassary changes will be in place until 2020 when the Midland Main Line Upgrade is due to be completed.

From 20 May 2018, changes will include:

  • East Midlands Trains peak time trains will no longer call at Bedford or Luton
  • A change to departure times which will mean a better spread of journeys from some stations
  • Changes to journey times will be a few minutes longer for some, and other stations will see a reduction in journey times
  • Introduction of three additional High Speed Trains to our fleet will help us to provide a robust and punctual service  

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