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Please only travel if essential on Sunday 3 December, services are expected to be extremely busy due to industrial action and engineering work affecting other train operators - more information

We are aware of the ASLEF Union's plans for industrial action at CrossCountry on Thursday 7 December, and action short of a strike between Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December – more information

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Our timetable will be changing from 10 December 2023. We will continue to operate our enhanced timetable which started in May 2023. In addition to this, we will operate a half hourly service between Nottingham and Birmingham New Street on Mondays to Fridays.  

Our full timetable 

Our network stretches from Aberdeen to Penzance, so you’re bound to find somewhere you’d like to visit. Below you can download the latest CrossCountry train time as a PDF. Timetables are correct at the time of production and are usually planned 6 months in advance.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your leisure journeys, check out our destination pages to see where CrossCountry can take you.

Scotland, North East & Manchester to the South West and South Coast

Stansted, Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham to Birmingham & Cardiff


See Live Train Times

Check live train departures and arrival updates from any CrossCountry station.

  • Live train times
  • Platform information
    • Don't stress about finding or changing platforms about finding or changing platforms. All your information is at your fingertips
  • Delay updates
    • We always aim to be punctual with our services, but but you can keep track of any delays or or cancellations

Timetable Updates

Some last trains may be earlier than normal and we recommend you check your journey before you travel by using National Rail Enquiries, our Train Tickets app, or viewing our timetables below:

Birmingham - Leicester - Stansted Airport

Saturday 02 to Sunday 03 December

Saturday 09 to Sunday 10 December

Other Routes

Saturday 02 to Sunday 03 December

Saturday 09 to Sunday 10 December 

Create your own pocket timetable


You can create your own free personalised pocket train timetable from National Rail Enquiries. This allows you to create a timetable for up to three separate departure or arrival stations and can select the days, dates, and travel times to suit you. It’s printable, so perfect for your pocket.

Route Map (note - services at weekends may also be affected by engineering work)



Based in the heart of the UK, CrossCountry train network provides fast train services connecting major cities across Britain, including:

• Newcastle
• Leeds
• Sheffield
• Manchester
• Nottingham
• Bristol
• Southampton
• Cardiff
• Edinburgh

CrossCountry cross more of the country than any other train company.

Download and use the route map to help plan your journey here [PDF].

Advance booking dates

Due engineering work we are currently running a reduced advance booking window.

Whilst tickets can be bought up to three months prior to travel, seat reservations are not available until closer to the journey date. The table below provides the latest date that you can reserve seat reservations on our services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, please check back for updates.

Popular Routes Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday
Edinburgh - Plymouth

16 February 2024

 10 February 2024

 11 February 2024

Newcastle - Reading

16 February 2024 

 10 February 2024

 11 February 2024

Manchester Piccadilly - Bournemouth

16 February 2024

 10 February 2024

 11  February 2024

Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol TM

16 February 2024

 10 February 2024

 11February 2024
Nottingham - Cardiff Central

16 February 2024

 10 February 2024

 11 February2024

Birmingham New Street - Stansted Airport 16 February 2024  10 February 2024  11 February 2024

(last updated: Friday 1 December 2023)






Passenger Assist

We are still operating both booked and un-booked Passenger Assistance services for those passengers that require this, although we are encouraging customers to book ahead so we can ensure the correct provision of assistance is provided. For more information please visit here.

Ticket arrangements

If you are making a journey with us we strongly advise that you book in advance and reserve a place on specific train. For more information on how to reserve a seat please visit here.

If you already have a ticket but do not have a seat reserved for your chosen train, need to amend your booked seat or have any other query, please contact our Customer Relations team on 03447 369 123. Alternatively, you can contact our Social Media team via TwitterFacebook Messenger or the live chat widget in the bottom corner of your screen, where we are available 24 hours a day.


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