Timetable promises to get commuter trains back on track

Inside Croydon

What does the timetable changes later this month do for the rail users of Croydon and Sutton? CHARLES KING takes a look

southern-train2 Taking the strain: the rail operators have invested huge amounts of public money, and credibility, in the new timetable

In March, Charles Horton, the chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, stated in the Metro newspaper that the new GTR timetable, which starts on May 20, will benefit passengers providing greater capacity, more trains and new destinations “capable of carrying the entire population of Bristol every week”.

And Horton is right. There will be more, and longer, trains all day including direct services from East Croydon to Finsbury Park, Stevenage, Peterborough and Cambridge. There will Increases in the number of off-peak services to London Bridge, Blackfriars, St Pancras and Farringdon, which will have a direct connection with the Elizabeth Line – Crossrail – from December.

The increase in frequency…

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