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2008-12-08 DfT-001
Department for Transport


Winter timetable sees thousands more seats introduced

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Department for Transport

Winter timetable sees thousands more seats introduced

8 Dec 2008 00:04
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT News Release (193) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 8 December 2008

Over 20,000 trains will be running across the rail network every day when longer, faster trains are introduced under a new winter timetable specified by the Department for Transport, Transport Minister Andrew Adonis announced today.

The timetable, which is introduced on December 14, will see an extra 690 trains running on the network every day - a 3.4% increase across England on weekdays, a 5.2% increase for Saturday services and 7.6% more trains running on Sundays.

Andrew Adonis said:

"The popularity of rail travel has grown massively in recent years and it's vital we keep up with this demand. This new timetable will see many more trains running every day, many of them originally specified by the Government and now being introduced by franchised train operators. In all, there will be 20% more trains than 10 years ago.

" We use the rail franchising system to get the best possible value for passengers and taxpayers, and to maximise the number and quality of trains."

Notes to Editors:

1. Four new stations will be opened under the new timetable: Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Buckinghamshire, will be opened by Chiltern Railways on the 14th December, while stations in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands Parkway, near East Midlands Airport, in Nottinghamshire and Laurencekirk, in Aberdeenshire, are due to open early in the new year.

2. Under the new timetable eight additional towns and cities will have direct through trains to London, for the first time for a number of years: Alsager, in Cheshire, Atherstone, in Warwickshire, Corby, in Northants, Ivybridge, in Devon, Lincoln, and in Staffordshire, Rugeley, Stone and Kidsgrove.

3. Passenger train kilometres run on the National Rail network are 20% higher than ten years ago, and 55% more than in 1979.

4. Areas affected by the timetable changes include:

West Midlands
London Midland

* New hourly service up the Trent Valley from London Euston to Crewe

* Birmingham - Liverpool becomes a half hourly service (was 1 train per hour)

* Restoration of half hourly Birmingham - Northampton service (was 1 train per hour)

* Restoration of through semi-fast Birmingham - Northampton - Euston service

* All New Street services recast, resulting from wider timetable changes on West Coast Main Line and increase in West Coast Trains' Euston-Birmingham New Street (from 2 trains per hour to 3 trains per hour)

* Chase Line (Birmingham-Walsall-Rugeley Trent Valley) increases from 1 train per hour to 2 trains per hour during main part of day, with improved evening service to Walsall and Rugeley

* Cross-City Line (Birmingham New Street-Lichfield) sees an enhanced service on Saturdays (6 trains per hour to Four Oaks instead of 4 trains per hour) and on evenings on Mondays to Fridays (4 trains per hour to Four Oaks instead of 2 trains per hour)

* Services increased between Birmingham New Street and Stratford-on-Avon on Saturdays (1 train per hour to 2 trains per hour), with faster journey times on some trains

Extension of the existing London Marylebone-Amersham-Aylesbury service to serve new station at Aylesbury Vale Parkway, on one train per hour frequency, Mondays to Sundays.

East Midlands (Corby, Northampton, Bedford, Luton, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Matlock)

East Midlands Trains
Start of new 5 trains per hour timetable (from 4 trains per hour) from St Pancras, marking the introduction of the new St Pancras-Kettering service (EMT is also working to implement its commitment to extend this service to Corby). The timetable also sees:

* The acceleration of existing services to Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield

* The opening of new East Midlands Parkway station during the period of the timetable

* A Sunday service on the Robin Hood Line (Nottingham - Mansfield - Worksop)

* An hourly Matlock service all week.

South West (Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Cardiff)
First Great Western
A complex package of timetable improvements, including:

* a number of faster services

* additional stops at a number of key stations

* extra services serving the Thames Valley, Oxford and the Cotswolds

* extra services on the network

* phased introduction of extra seats on High Speed Trains, providing extra

* improved connections and frequencies for a number of services.

Thames Valley - (Slough, Maidenhead, Reading, Oxford)
First Great Western

* More fast peak services for Slough, Maidenhead and Twyford with extra Twyford AM/PM peak services

* Additional peak fast trains for Tilehurst, Pangbourne, Goring, and Cholsey

* More HSTs on peaks for Oxford and the Cotswolds, incl an extra, fast AM peak train. To be phased in from Dec to May

* Henley timings altered to reflect customer feedback and more fast AM peak trains for Maidenhead. Additional calls at Taplow and Burnham

* Additional early AM and PM trains from Banbury to London

* More consistent timings for HSTs at Didcot Parkway - with a total of 21 services stopping at Didcot before 1000

* Two extra peak trains for the outer Thames Valley stations at Tilehurst, Pangbourne, Goring & Streatley

* Improved connections for the Windsor, Marlow and Henley branches

* Revised HST calling pattern at Reading for AM peak - 2 more fasts before 0815

* Extra stops and changes on Gatwick line services and re-introduction of 0531 Gatwick - Reading service.

North West (Liverpool, Manchester)
The timetable changes that will take place from December 2008 are primarily related to the facilitation of the enhanced Virgin West Coast Timetable. As a result of the increased 2 trains per hour to 3 trains per hour from London to Manchester, train paths in the south Manchester area have had to be reviewed and Northern has had to relinquish some of those paths to facilitate the Virgin timetable. The south Manchester changes can be summarised as follows:

* A slight reduction in the level of service at some stations between Crewe and Manchester;

* A revision to the service structure between Chester and Manchester, with passengers having to change at Stockport and travel onward; and

* Minor timing changes to many of the services around Manchester;

Additionally, December 2008 will see the introduction of the new service between Leeds - Sheffield - Nottingham (1 trains per hour).

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