May timetable brings more seats and trains – but no repeat of 2018 chaos

New timetables came into force across the UK network on May 19, adding around 1,000 additional services. However, many of the promised new trains have still not materialised. 

Highlights of the new timetable include the introduction of an hourly Transport for Wales (TfW) service linking Liverpool and Chester/Wrexham via the revived Halton Curve, which is now open in both directions. 

‘Norwich in 90’ is one of the new timetable initiatives to operate some services for the 115 miles to and from the capital in 90 minutes, No. 90001 having arrived on May 21 with the 09.00 from Norwich in just 88 minutes. JAMIE SQUIBBS

Greater Anglia introduced ‘Norwich in 90’ trains on May 20. Two additional train pairs leave Norwich at 09.00 and 17.00 and Liverpool Street at 11.00 and 19.00, reaching Ipswich in 55 minutes.

The trains are timed for the new Class 745 ‘FLIRT’ EMUs, but will initially be worked by Class 90+Mk3 sets, with pairs of bi-mode Class 755s taking over once they are authorised. 

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