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Winter rail timetable starts 15 December

Most current train times “remain unchanged”

Welham Green station - November 2019Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Welham Green station - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Rail travellers are urged to check the new winter timetable, which is operational from Sunday 15 December, to see whether there have been any changes to local train times.

And while the new timetable is good news for those farther down the line, with more trains stopping at certain stations, there will be no increase in stops at Brookmans Park and Welham Green, either during peak hours or off-peak, now or in next year’s summer timetable.

You can check to see whether local train times have changed on the Great Northern Rail site.

Winter 2019 timetable

Brookmans Park station - November 2019  Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Brookmans Park station - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

According to GTR, the winter 2019 timetable introduces small changes to services.

They say most current train times remain unchanged, but passengers should check online journey planners “as some services may provide additional journey options”.

Summary of changes

Additional calls at New Southgate and Oakleigh Park

GTR says it will reinstate additional peak morning calls at New Southgate and Oakleigh Park. “This will mean that both stations will see an extra two trains towards Moorgate per hour, creating a six trains per hour to London service during the morning peak.”

Late weekday evening and weekend closures of Moorgate

GTR says Network Rail (NR) is currently maintaining and cleaning the tunnels between Moorgate and Finsbury Park and will start overnight and weekend work between the first and last trains this month.

From Monday 16 December, the last weekday departure from Moorgate will be the 21:40 service to Watton-at-Stone. Later departures to Welwyn Garden City will depart from King’s Cross.

At weekends, all Great Northern Metro services from Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North will be diverted into King’s Cross. Moorgate will be made available wherever possible to provide an alternative route during planned weekend engineering work at King’s Cross.

“Optimised timetable” promised in May 2020

Looking ahead to next summer, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) says “the entire Great Northern Metro timetable will be optimised for the performance of the new train fleet in May 2020”.

When asked whether this would mean that off-peak stops would be reinstated at Brookmans Park or Welham Green, a GTR spokesperson told this site that there won’t be any increase in off-peak stops at either station, although that could be an option at a later date.
“We are not currently planning to increase stops at Brookmans Park or Welham Green from next May. However, we will continue to look at whether we could reinstate any off-peak stops in the future.”

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