As the British rail network have just introduced what has been dubbed the “biggest timetable shake-up in rail history” aimed at providing a more reliable and frequent service, we have looked at the impact of these major changes on journey times through five London stations.
The changes will provide 400 extra trains each day across the Govia Thameslink (GTR) network which includes Southern rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern. They have promised these changes will deliver a “significant boost” to commuters by increasing the number of trains available and providing a more frequent service. For some passengers, these changes should also result in a reduction of journey time due to stops being removed from particular services.
The new timetables have been developed to solve passenger issues such as short turnaround times at stations which can lead to delays as well as inadequate sop times which don’t take into account how many people will get on and off the train at certain stops. Departures and arrivals were re-set on Sunday across the entire GTR network and so far there have been significant teething problems already with train cancellations and delays on many lines.
We have conducted before and after analysis on journey times through the following major London stations between 7-9am on a Tuesday morning to see if passenger journeys have been improved by these changes.
Stations: Victoria, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Blackfriars and Kensington Olympia,
As you can see from the before and after maps below, even though these new timetables are suffering chaotic teething problems, they will deliver improved journey times for passengers going through each of these stations.