Southern’s new winter timetable will see more off-peak trains between Brighton and London Victoria as services are reshuffled to be more evenly spaced.
Off peak Southern services from Brighton to Victoria currently run at 19, 25 and 49 minutes past each hour but from December they will run at 28 and 58 minutes past the hour. The two extended Gatwick Express services will leave Brighton at 18 and 48 minutes past the hour.
From London Victoria, services at 7, 37 and 51 minutes past the hour will be replaced with trains at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour, with Gatwick Express trains on the hour and half hour continuing to Brighton.
The new timetable also paves the way for the final Thameslink timetable in 2018. New Class 387 Gatwick Express trains will replace the existing Class 442 fleet and these will start to appear in spring 2016.
Southern Passenger Services Director, David Scorey said: “Our new winter timetable is not only designed with improving performance for our passengers on the very busy Brighton Main Line, but it also starts the important process of working towards the final 2018 Thameslink timetable which will deliver a step-change in capacity and connectivity .”
There are many small changes to train times, so passengers are advised to check before they travel by contacting National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or by visiting nationalrail.co.uk.
New pocket timetables will be available shortly at any staffed Southern station and will soon be available to download from southernrailway.com/timetables. In the meantime, details of the new timetable can be downloaded from southernrailway.com/december2015
Thameslink services along the Brighton Mainline are also changing their calling patterns to provide a service from stations between Brighton and Haywards Heath to London.