Marston Vale Line suspended due to COVID-19 Image: London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern Railway to issue updated timetable

London Northwestern Railway will begin running to a new timetable from next week. This is part of the rail industry’s commitment to operate regular train services during the coronavirus outbreak.

With passenger numbers continuing to fall and increased numbers of rail staff self-isolating, the operator has announced further changes will come into effect on Monday 6 April.

The latest timetable has been designed to keep as many services running as possible if part of the network has to close due to the increased impact of COVID-19.

Julian Edwards, managing director of London Northwestern Railway, said:

“The rail industry is facing our biggest challenge in peacetime. We are working together to operate a regular service for our key workers and those making only the most essential journeys.

“With increased numbers of rail workers entering self-isolation due to coronavirus and a big drop in passenger numbers, now is the right time to make further changes to our service. As the government has made clear, people should only use the train for essential journeys.”

The new timetable will be available to view at www.lnr.uk/coronavirus from Friday 3 April 2020. It has been built in ‘chunks’ to reduce the length of journeys taken by an individual train.

The frequency of trains has been reduced on some routes. All journeys between Birmingham New Street and London Euston will now involve a change at Northampton.

Some routes will no longer receive a London Northwestern Railway service, including:

  • Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford
  • Abbey Line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey

To check live journey information visit www.lnr.uk/plan.