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New Summer Rail Timetables

Posted 221 days ago | 08.03.19

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New Summer Rail Timetables

On 19 May new summer train timetables will come into force with 1,000 services added to relieve overcrowding. Those why run the railways are hoping that the introduction will be more successful than last year's fiasco, when a similar exercise caused severe disruption on the country's train network.

The Rail Delivery Group promised that lessons had been learned from the 2018 timetable changes and believed service would be ready fo rate changes.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said: "Many parts of the country are set to benefit this summer from a better service, but where introducing improvements puts reliability at risk, we are rightly taking a more cautious approach.”

These changes are part of a long-term plan to make trains more frequent and enable new journeys, while prioritising punctuality and reliability. By the early 2020s, there should be 6,400 more rail services than there had been in 2017.

South Western Railway says it will be offering more peak services in and out of London, and Northern will be adding direct services between Chester and Leeds, as well as faster services between Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

This year, train companies say they will work together with Network Rail to monitor the introduction of the new timetable.

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