Autumn leaves - Autumn timetable changes

Autumn timetable changes

Keeping trains moving during autumn

Between Sunday 8 October and Saturday 9 December we'll operate our autumn timetable, which means there'll be a small number of changes to train times.

We operate an autumn timetable in response to leaf-fall season. This is when wet leaves fall on the rails and are then crushed to a slippery pulp, meaning trains need more time to safely accelerate and brake. 

You can find out more about leaf-fall and its effect on the railway at Network Rail’s website.

Train times on the following routes will change from Sunday 8 October:

  • Windsor & Eton Riverside to Staines
  • Guildford to Surbiton (via Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon)
  • Guildford to Epsom (via Bookham)
  • Dorking to Epsom

Times will change by a few minutes. For example, the 0823 service from Windsor & Eton Riverside will depart at the earlier time of 0821. Changes apply to services throughout the day.

The first trains of the day will also be earlier than normal on other routes, which are:

  • Alton to Woking
  • Weymouth to Southampton Central
  • Southampton Central to Basingstoke
  • Basingstoke to Woking
  • Portsmouth Harbour to Guildford
  • Yeovil Junction to Basingstoke

Times will again change by a few minutes. For example, the 0454 service from Basingstoke to Woking will depart at the earlier time of 0451.

Journey planners are now up to date so please check your journey and make a note of the new departure times.

For more information please see our timetable section and Plan My Journey page.