Reduced timetables in place across the network to keep key workers moving:

A new timetable comes into use on West Midlands Railway and London
Northwestern Railway services from Monday 18 May 2020.

Last updated: 12 May 2020


London Northwestern Railway passengers are being urged to only use the train for essential journeys ahead of a new timetable coming into effect.

With social distancing advice still in place, capacity on trains remains limited and the operator is asking its customers to only travel by train if they have no other option.

Passengers who do use the train are being advised to check their journeys when the latest timetable comes into effect on Monday 18 May. The timetable includes the reinstatement of services through The Potteries which were temporarily halted last month.

Those who do travel are urged to follow government advice to wear face coverings while travelling. Other measures such as one-way systems at stations may be in operation. Passengers are also being encouraged to avoid travelling at peak times and to buy their tickets in advance online.


Lawrence Bowman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said:

“I would like to thank all the people who have stayed away from the railway during the national emergency. Since the travel restrictions have been in place we’ve been able to help thousands of key workers make essential journeys across the region.

“The well-being of our customers and staff is our top priority which is why we are asking our passengers to act considerately and think very carefully if they really need to travel by train.”

The new timetables will be available to view online at


The Government has today (Tue 12 May) published guidance on the use of public transport. Click here for details.


London Northwestern Railway services will run to the following frequency from Monday 18 May:

Birmingham-Liverpool – 1 train per hour
Birmingham-Northampton – 2 trains per hour
Northampton-London Euston – 2 trains per hour plus additional morning peak services
Milton Keynes/Tring-London Euston – 1 train per hour
Crewe-London Euston via Trent Valley – 1 train per hour
Bletchley-Bedford (Marston Vale Line) – Hourly rail replacement bus
Watford Junction-St Albans Abbey (Abbey Line) – 40-min frequency rail replacement bus
The following frequency will apply to services operated by West Midlands Railway, sister company of London Northwestern Railway, from Monday 18 May:

Cross City Line – 3 trains per hour (2 per hour late evening)
Snow Hill Lines – 4 trains per hour
Birmingham-Hereford – 1 train per hour
Chase Line – 1 train per hour
Walsall-Wolverhampton via Birmingham – 1 train per hour
Birmingham-Shrewsbury – 1 train per hour
Stafford-Crewe via Stoke – 1 train per hour
Nuneaton-Leamington via Coventry – 1 train per hour
Stourbridge Town Car – 6 trains per hour
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