Last updated: 12 January 2022
Reduced timetable on all routes until further notice
A reduced service will continue to operate on all routes until further notice owing to the significant ongoing impact of Coronavirus, particularly in terms of staff sickness which businesses and transport operators across the country continue to see.
By reducing the service, we aim to provide more certainty over which trains will and will not run for those that are travelling and reduce unexpected cancellations.
The times of trains on all routes will be changed and, on many routes, services will be reduced. The times of first and last trains may also have changed.
Planning and re-checking your journey
We are updating journey planners (including nationalrail.co.uk) to reflect the timetable we plan to operate on a week-by-week basis. Journey planners are only updated until a certain date. Details of this are available here. Please note that alterations because of engineering work and certain services to and from London Victoria will not be updated in journey planners in line with the timescales detailed. These will be updated each Saturday for the following Monday to Friday.
Online timetables will be added below as soon as they are available. Please note that these timetables do not reflect:
- Weekend and overnight alterations made owing to engineering work.
- The planned closure of the line between Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour for engineering work between Saturday 15 and Sunday 23 January.
- Any alterations due to on-the-day disruption.
If you are making a journey wholly within Greater London, you should use the journey planner at tfl.gov.uk – which includes options including the Tube and local buses – to plan your journey and will be updated to the same timescales as industry journey planner.
Whichever way you plan your journey, please remember to re-check it before you travel for on-the-day alterations.
Day by day summary of the service we plan to operate
Mondays to Fridays until further notice
A reduced timetable will operate. Train times have changed on all routes and an additional change of trains may be required to complete your journey, so it is important to check your journey before you travel.
Below are details of alternative routes. Tickets will be accepted on the routes detailed to complete the journey for which it is valid. Tickets marked “Thameslink only” may also be used on Southern services.
Please note that only paper tickets are accepted for journeys on London buses, Trams or the London Underground. E-tickets and tickets bought on the Key (except zone 1-6 Travelcards) cannot be used on these operators’ services. Journeys using Oyster will be charged the appropriate fare for the journey legs actually made (up to the relevant daily/weekly cap).
Trains will operate at different times, and in some cases to a reduced timetable. The times of some services may be slightly amended from Monday 17 January onwards.
The limited stop Peterborough to London King’s Cross services will be retimed to operate earlier in the day to better match peak travel patterns.
Reduced Service to and from London Victoria
Reduced services to and from London Victoria, and only to certain destinations
Services will operate on the following routes in each direction:
- Four trains per hour between London Victoria and East Croydon calling at Clapham Junction and Streatham Common
- Two trains per hour between London Victoria and South Croydon calling at all stations via Balham and East Croydon
- Two trains per hour between London Victoria and Epsom calling at all stations via Balham and Mitcham Junction
Also, from Monday 17 January, the following will operate:
- A service will operate at peak times calling at all stations between London Victoria and Crystal Palace/Birkbeck via Balham*
- Between approximately 07:00 and 20:00 one train per hour between London Victoria and Bognor Regis/Portsmouth Harbour via Horsham *
- Between approximately 07:00 and 20:00 one train per hour between London Victoria and Bognor Regis/Southampton Central via Horsham*
All other services will continue to operate to/from London Bridge or will only operate south of Balham.
* - These trains will only be added to journey planners each Saturday for the following Monday to Friday.
Travelling between London Victoria and other destinations:
- Stations towards East Grinstead, Gatwick Airport** and the Sussex Coast: Please change at East Croydon
- Stations towards Carshalton Beaches and West Croydon: Please change at Streatham Common
- Stations towards Norwood Junction, Crystal Palace** and Streatham Hill**: Please change at Balham
**Direct trains will operate to/from these stations at certain times as detailed above
Step free access at Balham: Please be aware that trains from Balham towards London Victoria will use a platform without step free access at Balham. If you are travelling in this direction and require step free access, you will need to travel via Streatham Common where step free access to the Victoria bound trains is available. Trains from London will stop at a platform with step free access at Balham.
If you are travelling on a route where trains are diverted to/from London Bridge, you may use your ticket to travelling to/from either London Bridge or London Blackfriars.
Services operating to/from London Bridge
Services on the following routes will be diverted north of East Croydon to London Bridge:
- Ore – Hastings – Eastbourne – London
- Littlehampton – Hove – London
- Southampton/Portsmouth Harbour/Bognor Regis – Horsham – London***
- East Grinstead – London
- Horsham – Dorking – Epsom – London
- Brighton – Gatwick Airport – London (only Thameslink trains will run)
In addition, Southern Metro services via Streatham Common/Streatham Hill that normally run to/from London Victoria will terminate at/start from Balham.
*** - between 07:00 and 20:00 these services will operate to/from London Victoria.
No London Underground Northern Line service at London Bridge
From Saturday 15 January, engineering work will close the Northern Line through London Bridge. London Bridge Tube station is also expected to be very busy. Where possible, you are advised to use Thameslink services via Blackfriars and St Pancras to interchange with the Tube.
More information is available on the TfL website.
West London Line
There will be no Southern services between Clapham Junction, Kensington Olympia, Watford Junction and Milton Keynes.
Please use London Overground services, or Southern/Tube/London Northwestern services via London Victoria/Euston to complete your journey. You may also use Thameslink services to/from St Pancras International which is a 20 minute walk from Euston.
Stopping services between East Croydon and London Bridge via Forest Hill
There will be no all-stations Southern service on this route.
Please use London Overground services which will serve all stations between West Croydon, Norwood Junction (for Southern services to/from London Bridge).
If you are travelling between stations North of Norwood Junction and London Bridge, please use London Overground services to/from Canada Water (for Jubilee Line connections to London Bridge).
Southern Mainline and Thameslink services between East Croydon and London Bridge will continue to call at Norwood Junction and additional stops will also be made. These additional stops will be advertised in journey planners by mid-day on the day before operation.
Sutton to London via Carshalton Beeches
There will be no direct service to central London on this route. Please change at Norwood Junction and use alternative Southern and Thameslink services to travel between Norwood Junction and London Bridge or at Streatham Common for Southern services to and from London Victoria.
Horsham to Dorking
Train on this route will operate for significantly reduced hours with the first and last trains as follows:
- 05:50 Horsham to London Bridge via Dorking (the next services will then be 08:14 Horsham to London Bridge via Dorking)
- 07:25 London Bridge to Horsham via Dorking
- 18:14 Horsham to London Bridge via Dorking
- 17:25 London Bridge to Horsham via Dorking
Tonbridge to Redhill and Reigate to Central London
An hourly service will operate between Reigate, Redhill and Tonbridge calling at all stations. Please change at Redhill for connecting services to/from London Bridge.
Caterham and Tattenham Corner to London Bridge
Services will operate between Tattenham Corner / Caterham and London Bridge via Tulse Hill. Quicker journeys will be possible by changing trains at East Croydon and using direct services to / from London Bridge
Uckfield to London Bridge
Services will run between Uckfield and East Croydon only. Please use alternative Southern/Thameslink services to travel between East Croydon and London Bridge.
Beckenham Junction to London Bridge via Crystal Palace
A service of two trains per hour has been reintroduced on this route.
All other routes
Trains will operate at different times, and in some cases to a reduced timetable.
Luton and London to Rainham Thameslink services
Until Friday 14 January, these services will not operate. Please use alternative Thameslink services between Luton and London Bridge and Southeastern services between London Bridge and Dartford. Thameslink will operate a service between Rainham and Dartford.
From Monday 17 January, one train per hour will operate between Rainham and St Albans City. At other times, please use alternative Thameslink services between Luton and London Bridge and Southeastern services between London Bridge and Dartford.
The times of some services may be slightly amended from Monday 17 January onwards.
Thameslink services to and from Orpington, Littlehampton and East Grinstead (peak hours only)
These trains will not run. Please use alternative Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink services and change as necessary to complete your journey.
All other routes
Trains will operate at different times, and in some cases to a reduced timetable.The times of some services may be slightly amended from Monday 17 January onwards.
No London Underground Northern Line service at London Bridge or Elephant & Castle
From Saturday 15 January, engineering work will close the Northern Line through London Bridge and Elephant & Castle. London Bridge Tube station is also expected to be very busy. More information is available on the TfL website.
Saturdays and Sundays from 15 January 2022
We plan to operate the full timetable on Saturdays and Sundays, but it is important that you check your journey before travelling as some on-the-day alterations are expected.
Gatwick Express services will not run; however, a Southern service will operate in its place (subject to no engineering work taking place).
Services will be affected by engineering work on some routes.
How do I find out about engineering works?
Due to Coronavirus, planning engineering work is harder than usual. Always check your journey before you travel, as there may be changes to services due to engineering work and any local disruption on the day. Online journey planners may only be updated with works close to when they are due to happen.
In order to keep you informed we will continue to advise you when engineering work alterations have been updated. As soon as the information is available, details of work taking place will be advertised on our engineering work page here. Information on when online journey planners are currently correct up to is available here.
For details of the availability of advance fares, please visit the advance ticket availability information here. If your pre-booked journey is changed, for example the time is amended, then you can either continue to travel on the revised timetable or apply for a refund.