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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 20 April CrossCountry services All operator services
Sun 21 April CrossCountry services All operator services
Mon 22 April CrossCountry services All operator services
Sat 27 April CrossCountry services All operator services
Sun 28 April CrossCountry services All operator services
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

 

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.

    Amended services in the Motherwell and Glasgow Central areas on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

    Train companies affected

    Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, London North Eastern Railway, ScotRail, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    All routes through Motherwell

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Motherwell and Glasgow closing most lines.

    Caledonian Sleeper:

    Are not affected by this engineering work.

    CrossCountry:

    Buses will replace trains between Motherwell and Glasgow Central.

    London North Eastern Railway:

    It is not yet known how LNER are affected by this engineering work

    ScotRail:

    High Level Trains:

    • Glasgow Central - Lanark: An hourly service will operate, diverted via Cathcart Circle not calling at Cambuslang. An hourly bus service will also operate, calling at all booked stops.
    • Glasgow Central - Newton: These services will be extended to Larkhall and Motherwell.
    • Glasgow Central - Edinburgh (via Shotts): Trains will only run between Carfin and Edinburgh, buses will run between Glasgow Central and Carfin.

    Low Level Trains:

    • Glasgow Central Low Level services will operate to a revised timetable.
    • Balloch - Larkhall / Motherwell (via Whifflet) will start / terminate at Rutherglen.
    • Milngavie - Motherwell will start / terminate at Rutherglen.
    • Buses will operate between Bridgeton and Motherwell.

    TransPennine Express

    From 11:30 on Saturday until 14:30 on Sunday, buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Edinburgh via Lockerbie. Buses will not call at Haymarket, customers to / from this station should travel via Edinburgh.

    On Sunday:

    • The 15:14 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service will not run.
    • The 17:15 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service will run earlier at 17:08.
    • The 19:14 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service will run earlier at 19:06.

    Virgin Trains:

    From 11:30 on Saturday until 11:30 Sunday, buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

    Trains which go via Birmingham New Street will terminate / start and Preston. Customers should use alternative trains between Preston and Carlisle.

    After 11:30 on Sunday, trains will be diverted between Motherwell and Glasgow Central via, but not calling at, Mount Florida. Journey times will be extended by up to 60 minutes.

    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 Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads and Newport on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, Great Western Railway

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central

    Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Swansea / Carmarthen, between Cardiff Central and Taunton / Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton, Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare and between London Paddington and Bedwyn

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction closing all lines.

    CrossCountry 

    Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Cardiff Central are diverted to terminate / start at Bristol Temple Meads.

    Valid ticket holders should use Great Western Railway replacement buses between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central.

    Customers please note that trains between Nottingham and Cardiff Central are not affected by this engineering work.

    Great Western Railway

    Trains between London Paddington and Swansea / Carmarthen are diverted between Swindon and Newport via but not calling at Gloucester and will be retimed.

    Trains between Cardiff Central and Southampton Central / Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton will be amended to start from / terminate at Bristol Parkway. Services that usually run to / from Brighton will be amended to start from / terminate at Portsmouth Harbour.

    Buses will run Bristol Parkway and Newport.

    A few trains throughout the day will run between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads.

    As a result of above train re-timings, trains between London Paddington and Bedwyn will also be slightly retimed.

    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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    Buses replace trains between Basingstoke / Romsey and Southampton Central on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, South Western Railway

    Routes affected

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

    South Western Railway between London Waterloo / Woking / Basingstoke and Southampton Central / Portsmouth Harbour / Poole / Weymouth

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Basingstoke / Eastleigh and St Denys, closing all lines.

    CrossCountry:

    Trains will be diverted between Basingstoke and Southampton Central, not calling at Winchester or Southampton Airport Parkway. Customers for these stations should use South Western Railway services.

    Journey times will be extended by around 45 minutes.

    South Western Railway:

    Saturday:

    Buses replace trains between:

    • Eastleigh and Southampton Central
    • Romsey and Southampton Central (via Chandler's Ford).

    Sunday:

    Buses replace trains between:

    • Basingstoke and Southampton Central
    • Basingstoke and Fareham.
    • Romsey and Southampton Central (via Chandler's Ford).

    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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