Thameslink train pulling into a station Image: Thameslink

The weekday timetable of Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern trains will change from Monday 6 September 2021.

The train operator Govia Thameslink Railway said this will provide additional trains and a service that “better meets the needs of passengers overall” as the impact of the pandemic recedes.

The new timetable is designed to meet the needs of customers across the network and support schools, colleges and those returning to the office.

Almost 1,000 trains per week will be reinstated.

Govia Thameslink Railway chief operating officer, Steve White, said:

“In anticipation of the return of schools and more passengers returning to the office, much of our service will be expanded from 6 September.

“Like many other businesses our staffing levels continue to be affected by the pandemic but the new timetable has been planned to make better use of the drivers we have available, providing more trains, more reliably.

“The COVID third wave this summer has been the most challenging throughout the pandemic to balance the availability of our resources with the needs of our customers. We apologise if you have been affected.

“These changes will ensure we provide you with an increase in trains and provide a more reliable service as we steadily work to overcome the legacy of the pandemic.

“As people come back to using the railway, we will continue to adapt our services to match demand.”

Bedford to St Pancras International and Gatwick Airport

There will be an overall increase in both all-station and fast trains on the route.

Two services per hour will run all day between Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Redhill from 6 September. In combination with Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton, there will now be up to four services per hour between Bedford and St Pancras International

Four services per hour will run between St Albans and Sutton from 6 September, resulting in more stopping services across the route

Gatwick Airport to London Bridge via Redhill

There will be an additional two trains per hour on this route.

Two services per hour will run all day between Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Horley, Salfords, Earlswood, Redhill, Purley, East Croydon and Norwood Junction. These trains continue to Bedford as described in the section above.

Sutton to London Blackfriars (Sutton to St Albans)

There will be an additional two trains per hour on this route, to four trains per hour in total. Two trains per hour will travel via St Helier and Tooting, and two via Hackbridge to combine to four in the Streatham, Tulse Hill, Herne Hill to London Blackfriars / Sutton section

Orpington to Luton / London Blackfriars

Fewer peak-time-only services will run between Orpington and Luton. Stations between Luton and St Pancras International have stops on the Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Redhill or St Albans to Sutton services referenced above

Customers at stations on the Catford Loop should use the all-day service between Sevenoaks and London Blackfriars

East Grinstead to London Bridge

The one morning and evening peak Thameslink service will not run on this route from Monday 6 September. Southern services will continue to run. Customers travelling to/from London Bridge will need to change trains at East Croydon

Train times at will be updated from the weekend of 28 August, from when passengers are urged to check and plan ahead.

A summary of changes will be listed on the Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern websites.