Our latest update: 19 October
Check before you travel
As increasing numbers of people return to the railway, planning your journey ahead of time is an important step in helping to keep yourself and others safe. In order to maintain social distancing on our trains and at stations, we are asking our customers to travel at quieter times whenever possible.
To help with this, our guide below shows when our major stations tend to get busy on weekdays, and the crowding levels on trains at the busiest times.
We’ve based our guide on the most recent data, and we will continue to update it regularly. Being based on recent data, this guide doesn’t take account of events like hot weather which may mean that more people travel than usual.
Following our most recent timetable uplift, we’ve increased capacity by 20% in order to help with social distancing. Our new timetable sees:
- Some direct services reintroduced
- Increased frequencies on some routes
- Increased capacity at busy times, especially during the morning peak
- The return of a near-normal weekend timetable (engineering works and late notice alterations may apply)
For live updates for your journey please visit nationalrail.co.uk
Find out about:
- Busiest time (red): Maintaining a one-metre gap between travellers will be difficult at these times. Trains will have very little available space left - consider travelling earlier or later if you can.
- Busy (amber): "One-metre plus" social distancing will be possible. Trains will have limited space available - consider travelling on trains or at times marked in green if you can.
- Not busy (green): A two-metre gap between travellers will be possible. There will be plenty of room on these trains and at stations.
Travelling this weekend?
Trains departing London Waterloo between 11:00 and 13:00 this weekend are expected to be busy. Please check before you travel.