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15.10.14

New Great Northern timetable creates 15,588 more seats a week

Great Northern is to introduce a new timetable that will create an extra 15,588 off-peak seats a week on its services.

The timetable, to be introduced on 14 December, includes changes on the Northern City Line, Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Peterborough services.

The Great Northern franchise recently transferred to Govia as part of the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) super-franchise, it had been previously run as part of First Capital Connect.  

On the Northern City Line all Moorgate departures from 8pm until 10pm will increase to six coaches, creating an additional 1,100 seats. On Saturdays the Welwyn and Hertford routes will double the length of key services from three to six coaches, adding 2,500 additional seats.

For Cambridge and King’s Lynn there will be half-hourly express services from London to Cambridge in each direction for 17 hours per day Monday to Friday. There will also be a new semi-fast Cambridge to Kings Cross service introduced at 17.17 on weekdays. More than 950 additional seats will be created on the King’s Cross to Cambridge fast service for evening passengers from 20.44.

On Saturdays evening departures on the King's Cross to Cambridge, Ely and King's Lynn route will provide a consistent hourly service between London and King's Lynn. Nearly 1,000 seats will also be added to Saturday evening Cambridge express services. Sunday services between London and Cambridge will run with a minimum of eight coaches, creating nearly 2,000 additional seats.

Great Northern chief operating officer Dyan Crowther said: “The December timetable changes will bring thousands of extra seats for our passengers in the off peak, allowing them to have a more comfortable and enjoyable travel experience with Great Northern.

“By listening to local people along our route, we have introduced an extra service and longer trains to create 15,000 extra off peak seats a week.”

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