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It’s time for a new generation of train travel.

That's RailPlan20/20

What is RailPlan20/20?

Our rail network wasn’t built for the challenges of today, that’s why the biggest transformation of the UK rail network in decades has begun. It’s called RailPlan20/20 and means simpler and more reliable journeys. 

From May 2018:

  • A completely new timetable will be rolled out over several weeks during May and June. This timetable will help with the planned improvements in metro and mainline services. More information will be available in the coming weeks
  • New modern, high tech trains (with the ability to carry up to 40,000 more passengers in each three-hour peak period) will be put into service
  • New direct links to Gatwick and Eurostar will be timetabled, meaning quicker and easier getaways than ever before

From Dec 2018:

  • 20 trains per hour will be put into services, and trains will run every 2-3 minutes through central London
  • Interconnection with the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) will happen; opening up new, fast and simple journey options


New timetables from May

You can now download the new timetables and route information sheets here

These timetables are intended as a guide and we may need to make changes as we introduce new trains, new routes and new ways of operating. Please re-check your journey here, where we will keep you updated on the latest information.

Why RailPlan20/20?

Passenger numbers have doubled since 2000, a growth that far outstrips any other area of the UK rail network. Our area is the busiest and most congested part of an ageing network. It’s time to create a modern railway that meets the needs of passengers today. A transformation that will change not only journeys but the lives of our generation and generations to come.

How we're delivering RailPlan20/20

RailPlan20/20 is the result of the most comprehensive passenger consultation ever undertaken in rail planning. We’ve created and employed a unique approach to design focusing on what matters most - your journey. We’re investing in your railway to realise what you need most from your travel. We're doing this to make sure that the network is built around the things you care about, simplicity and reliability.