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Why does the train timetable change? 

Train timetables are updated in May and December every year. The updates are co-ordinated across the industry by Network Rail and allow operators to run trainsmore effectively and introduce new services. 

Timetable changes also allow us to introduce more services on track, together we committed to deliver 11,300 more trains per week by the mid-2020s.  

Who decides what changes are made to the train timetable? 

Each train company tells Network Rail, which is responsible for the train tracks, what timetable it wants to run. Network Rail then looks across all the train operators to make sure that the timetables will work together and confirms with the train companies what their timetable will be. Train timetables change twice a year.    

You can find out more about the timetable on Network Rail’s website.

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