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December 2018 timetable change

Train times and tickets are usually available for customers to plan and book their journeys up to 12 weeks before departure. However, for the duration of the next timetable beginning on 9th December, some may not be available until closer to the date of departure.

The majority of weekday services will be unaffected, although journeys at weekends are likely to see changes to the expected timetable.

There will be a slight delay whilst we work on releasing Advance purchase tickets and seat reservations for all of our trains from the 9th December.

Further updates will be available shortly.

What this means for buying tickets

With only a small number of trains affected by engineering works, we want customers to continue planning their journeys with confidence and CrossCountry have put in place a series of measures to reassure them.

Purchasing tickets between 12 and 6 weeks prior to departure

Customers will still be able to purchase Anytime and Off-Peak train tickets 12 weeks before departure, however CrossCountry Advance tickets may not be available until six weeks before departure due to timetables not being finalised.

Purchasing tickets on other operators

If a customer purchases a ticket more than six weeks before their journey, they should check back with the train operator they will be travelling with at the six weeks mark to see if their train time has been altered. If so, and they then do not wish to travel, they can request a refund from their original retailer.

Purchasing tickets for CrossCountry services

If you booked between 12 and 6 weeks before your travel date and your journey has been affected, you can travel on an alternative CrossCountry train two hours either side of your original service, although any seat reservation on the original train cannot be honoured on the other service.

How can I find out if my journey will be affected?

If you are due to travel within the next six weeks, you can see if your journey has changed by searching our website.

If your travel date is more than six weeks in advance, you can select your travel date in the “by date” tab which will allow you to search for the work being carried out on the network. If engineering work is happening on your travel date you will see a list of results, which you can select to view more information.

You can also use our route map to see which of these engineering works may affect your journey.

Does this affect my date of travel?

Use the table below to see if your date of travel has any planned changes to train times affecting CrossCountry services or services run by other operators.

Sat 4 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Sun 5 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Mon 6 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Sat 11 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Sun 12 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Sat 18 May CrossCountry services All operator services
Sun 19 May CrossCountry services All operator services

 

The travel updates information on this page are updated continually, so as soon as a problem is solved we'll let you know. You can choose to view updates for today, tomorrow, or a specific date. You can also see updates for CrossCountry journeys or all train companies.

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    Travel updates

    There are currently no updates.

    Planned changes to train times

    There are currently no updates.

    No trains between Taunton and Exeter St Davids from Monday 18 February to Friday 8 March

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, Great Western Railway

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Manchester Piccadilly / Glasgow Central and Penzance, between Birmingham New Street / Manchester Piccadilly / Glasgow Central and Paignton, between Edinburgh / Dundee / Derby / Bristol Temple Meads / Glasgow Central / Birmingham New Street / Leeds / Newcastle and Plymouth

    Great Western Railway between Bristol Parkway / Cardiff Central / London Paddington and Penzance, between Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / London Paddington and Exeter St Davids and also between London Paddington and Plymouth

    Description

    Bridge and tunnel maintenance is taking place at Whiteball Tunnel between between Taunton and Plymouth, from Monday 18 February until Friday 8 March, closing all lines.

    In addition, similar work will also take place between Totnes and Ivybridge, at the Marley Tunnel, closing some lines.

    The following changes will apply until the works have been fully completed:

    Buses will replace trains between Taunton and Exeter St Davids. Please note, the journey time between these stations by bus is approximately 65 minutes.

    CrossCountry

    A revised 2-hourly train service will operate between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.

    Great Western Railway 

    A revised 2-hourly train service will operate between London Paddington and Penzance / Plymouth. These trains will also be diverted via Yeovil Junction, not calling at Taunton and Tiverton Parkway. Journey times will be extended between Totnes and Plymouth, so most of these trains will terminate at Plymouth. Journeys between Plymouth and Penzance should generally operate to normal schedule.

    Other train services between London Paddington and the West of England will also run at reduced frequency; although, these trains will terminate at Taunton instead.

    Services between Cardiff Central / Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids / Paignton / Plymouth / Penzance will be amended.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

    Bicycles:

    Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

    Project Information:

    Whiteball Tunnel will be closed for three weeks to allow for vital engineering work to be completed on the 170-year-old structure. The tunnel walls will be relined with concrete to safeguard against loose masonry and brick falls, a task which will be carried out using specialist robotic equipment which sprays a concrete lining onto the walls of the tunnel.

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    Buses replace trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe via Wilmslow on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, Northern, Transport for Wales, Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street / Bournemouth

    Northern between Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe and also between Southport / Wigan North Western and Alderley Edge

    Transport for Wales between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central / Carmarthen / Crewe / Fishguard Harbour / Milford Haven / Pembroke Dock / Shrewsbury

    Virgin Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston via Crewe

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Wilmslow and Crewe on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February, closing all lines.

    The following changes to the train service will apply:

    CrossCountry:

    CrossCountry services will divert via Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford and will not call at Wilmslow or Crewe.

    Rail replacement buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly / Stockport / Wilmslow and Crewe.

    Northern:

    Saturday

    Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe will be revised to terminate / start at Alderley Edge.

    Replacement buses will operate between Wilmslow and Crewe.

    Sunday

    Trains between Manchester and Wilmslow via Manchester Airport will be revised to start / terminate at Manchester Airport.

    Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe via Stockport will NOT run.

    Replacement buses will operate between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow and also between Stockport and Crewe.

    Transport for Wales:

    Services to / from Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted to run via Warrington Bank Quay. Some services will be amended to start / terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.

    Replacement buses will run between Stockport, Wilmslow and Crewe.

    Virgin Trains:

    Trains to / from Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted to run via Stoke-on-Trent, calling additionally at Macclesfield.

    Replacement buses will run between Macclesfield and Wilmslow.

    Additionally:

    Saturday:

    • A replacement bus will run from Stafford for Crewe, connecting with the 21:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service.
    • The 05:46 and 17:47 Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston services will additionally call at Crewe.

    Sunday:

    • A replacement bus will run from Stafford to Crewe, connecting with the 21:51 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

    Bicycles:

    Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

    Project Information:

    You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

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    Travel updates

    There are currently no updates.

    Planned changes to train times

    There are currently no updates.

    Buses replace trains between Edinburgh and Carlisle / Glasgow via Carstairs from 11:30 on Saturday 11 until 14:30 on Sunday 12 May

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, ScotRail, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Penzance, Plymouth, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central

    ScotRail between North Berwick, Edinburgh and Motherwell / Ayr / Glasgow Central via Shotts / Carstairs

    TransPennine Express between Edinburgh / Glasgow Central and Manchester Airport

    Virgin Trains between Edinburgh / Glasgow Central and London Euston

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Livingston South and Edinburgh, closing all lines.

    CrossCountry

    Buses will replace trains between Edinburgh and Motherwell.

    ScotRail

    Buses replace trains between Shotts / Carstairs and Edinburgh.

    TransPennine Express

    It is not yet known how TransPennine Express services will be affected by this engineering work.

    Virgin Trains

    Services between London Euston and Glasgow Central will be amended to run between London Euston and Carlisle only. Services to Scotland that run via Birmingham will be amended to terminate at and start back from Preston. Buses will run between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

    On Saturday, the last trains to run to and from Scotland will be the 07:15 Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central and the 10:00 Glasgow Central to London Euston.

    On Sunday, the first trains to run to and from Scotland will be 10:46 London Euston to Glasgow Central and the 13:55 Glasgow Central to London Euston.

    Check before you travel:

    These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

    Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

    Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

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    No trains between Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham New Street on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry

    Routes affected

    Between Cardiff Central and Nottingham /Manchester Piccadilly

    Between Paignton, Exeter St Davids, Bristol Temple Meads and Manchester Piccadilly

    Between Penzance, Plymouth and Leeds / York / Glasgow / Dundee / Aberdeen

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham New Street, closing the lines used by CrossCountry services.

    Saturday - An amended service will run between:

    • Plymouth and Manchester Piccadilly
    • Birmingham New Street and Scotland
    • Cardiff Central and Cheltenham Spa
    • Birmingham New Street and Nottingham

     

    Trains will be diverted via an alternative route between Cheltenham and Birmingham, extending journey times by 30 minutes.

    Sunday - and amended service will run between:

    • Plymouth and Scotland
    • Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly
    • Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street

     

    Trains will be diverted via an alternative route between Cheltenham and Birmingham, extending journey times by one hour.

    Check before you travel:

    These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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    Buses replace trains between Basingstoke and Winchester / Southampton / Fareham on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, South Western Railway

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Newcastle / Leeds / Manchester Piccadilly / Nottingham / Birmingham New Street and Southampton Central / Bournemouth

    South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central / Poole / Weymouth  and between Romsey and Salisbury via Southampton

     

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Basingstoke and Winchester on Saturday and between Basingstoke and St Denys on Sunday, closing all lines.

    CrossCountry

    Trains will divert between Basingstoke and Southampton Central, and will be unable to call at Winchester and Southampton Airport Parkway. Journey times will be extended by up to 45 minutes.

    Customers may use replacement buses between Basingstoke and Winchester / Southampton Central provided by South Western Railway.

    On Sunday, trains will start / terminate at Southampton Central. Alternative train services will be available between Southampton Central and Bournemouth.

    South Western Railway

    On Saturday, buses will replace trains between Basingstoke and Winchester.

    On Sunday, buses will replace trains between Basingstoke and Southampton Central / Fareham and also between Southampton Central and Romsey.

    Some services between London Waterloo and Weymouth / Portsmouth that usually run via Winchester will be diverted via Havant.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

    Bicycles:

    Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

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