Two months ago we reported on LNER’s May 2022 timetable and that it was seeking customer feedback.

LNER plans a major overhaul of its schedules and the mammoth document extended to 139 pages.

However The Guardian has reported that the planned schedule changes may have to be delayed for a variety of reasons. Network Rail has advised the government that the timetable upgrade should be delayed, possibly to 2023.

The infrastructure owner is concerned that the public will lose confidence in rail should issues like rolling stock and power supply issues affect the timetable launch.

It might also affect the introduction of new open access firm First East Coast which is planning to launch London-Edinburgh services before May 2022. Developments on all these issues are awaited with interest.

First Group proceeds with London-Edinburgh service


Meanwhile LNER has announced a seat sale with one-way fares starting at £5. The government-managed operator is anxious to get the rail market moving again. LNER’s sale is valid for bookings made by September 1 for travel between September 6 and October 15.

More details are available here.