A train every 24 seconds from Britains biggest train operator

Govia Thameslink Railway has announced a massive boost to service as part of its RailPlan 20/20 Programme, with 13% more trains running every day.

More trains will be running when the new timetable is introduced next week.

Govia Thameslink Railway, Britains biggest train operator, will run 3,600 trains (one every 24 seconds) across its network in a step forward to boost capacity.

Passengers are therefore being urged to check before travelling, with the times of every train changing on Sunday 20th May 2018.


Departures and arrivals will be re-set across the entire network of Southern Railway, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern.

Many passengers can expect their trains to start and terminate at different stations, for example, many King’s Cross services will instead call at the adjacent St Pancras International.

Some disruption to services is expected during a major re-deployment of trains and crews over the coming weeks.

What did the officials say?

Charles Horton, GTR Chief Executive, said:

“We are introducing the biggest ever change to a rail timetables to significantly boost capacity on the UK’s most congested network. We don’t want passengers to get caught out and so we strongly advise them to look up the times of their trains as they will find that from 20 May each and every one of them has changed.

“Due to the sheer scale of the changes, we will have to redeploy a large number of trains and crews and services may not run at normal times during the introductory phase, although the impact on peak time services during the transition will be minimal.”

“Introduction of the new timetables is a major milestone in the delivery of RailPlan 20/20, our programme to modernise rail services, taking advantage of the new infrastructure and trains provided by the Government’s £7bn Thameslink Programme.”

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.


  1. I actually think that the new timetable will benefit more extra trains as Thameslink is expanding. And with Class 700’s extending to other places in the Southeast.


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