20 NOVEMBER 2017
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Improvements to Britain’s rail network mean a record number of around 100,000 schedule changes will be coming in next May, writes Andrew Sharp. Train timetables normally change in May and December; the number of changes in May this year was 14,500.
The latest figures were given by Network Rail capacity director Chris Rowley at the “Capacity or Performance” conference organised last week by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
On the Elizabeth Line, trains will start running between Shenfield in Essex and London Paddington and many more will run through London Liverpool Street rather than terminating there.
Thameslink trains will start to run between Cambridge/Peterborough and places south of the Thames, while the long-running London Bridge diversion will end, speeding up journeys between the north of London and Gatwick.
In the north of England, the opening of a small section of line in Salford promises to cut congestion dramatically at Manchester Piccadilly station. At the moment, trains between Yorkshire and Liverpool and Yorkshire and Manchester Airport have to reverse in Piccadilly, but re-routing along the new line will ease this.
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paul kay, United Kingdom
...Andrew, would you know if 'South Of The Thames' includes 'Clapham Junction'... ...It probably does !