From next month all of Great Northern's train timetables are changing to and from Cambridge.
New timetables, including for the highly-anticipated Cambridge to Brighton route, have been announced while rail fares will remain the same.
The changes will be rolled out from May 20 and will mean there will now be one train every hour – up from one a day – operating on the Brighton line.
Direct Thameslink services from Cambridge will also change, with more frequent services to increase passenger capacity in and out of the capital.
By December there will be almost twice as many carriages and almost double the number of standard class seats into London in the morning rush – that's 4,600 more everyday.
This is on top of the 5,000 seats currently operating today.
Stations with reviewed timetables include: Cambridge, Cambridge North, Waterbeach and Ely, on to Kings Lynn.
Services from and to Kings Cross to Peterborough via Sandy, St Neots and Huntingdon will also run to a new schedule.
The changes mean it will be easier for holidaymakers to get away, with more direct Thameslink services from Cambridge to Brighton via Gatwick – currently there is only one service a day.
Passengers will be able to get on a brand new train at Cambridge Station, and not get off until they reach the airport or the seaside town.
There will also be a new direct Thameslink service from Peterborough to Horsham via London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.
Changes to Cambridge and Cambridge North station timetables
A new expanded Thameslink network will include direct services from Cambridge Station via St Pancras and Farringdon, with direct trains to Brighton and Maidstone East.
The new Thameslink service will only operate between Kings Cross and Cambridge until December 2019.
From December 2019 this service will operate through London St Pancras and south towards Maidstone East.
Thameslink services will give passengers direct access to new central London stations, the South Bank, London Bridge, Gatwick and Brighton.
When Crossrail starts its Elizabeth Line service this December, there will be a single interchange for trains to Heathrow Airport at our Thameslink station of Farringdon.
Off peak trains services will also be increased from four to six trains per hour. As part of the changes the Cambridge to Gatwick Airport promises to be 20 per cent faster.
From 2019 many trains between Cambridge and Kings Lynn will be doubled in length from four to eight carriages providing much needed capacity improvements on the Cambridge North route.
More and more people are opting to use the train
Passenger journeys through London and the south east have more than doubled over the last 20 years.
The change is part of the £7 billion Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme to invest in the railways and improve capacity into the capital.
A fleet of brand-new hi-tech trains will be introduced from May on the Cambridge to Kings Cross line, as part of the service revisions.
A Govia Thameslink Railway spokesman said: “The Southern timetable is being completely overhauled and Great Northern, Thameslink and parts of Southeastern altered to accommodate a new Thameslink network that will progressively expand between May 2018 and December 2019.
“The May 2018 timetable change on our network is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a more reliable service and extra capacity in the morning peak for 40,000 more passengers from across our network into London, with further expansion to 60,000 by the end of 2019.
“We carried out a three-stage public consultation between September 2016 and December 2017 that is, we believe, the biggest ever undertaken in the rail industry, reflecting the enormous scale of these changes, and we are very grateful for the 28,000 responses from groups and individuals who gave us their views on our ideas and proposals.
"We genuinely listened to the responses, making hundreds of amendments, some substantial, while targeting increases in capacity where they are needed the most.”
The new Class 700 trains, which were purpose-built in Germany, will have fewer seats but will be much more comfortable.
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They will be equipped with large, accessible toilets throughout, which can be utilised by wheelchair users and as baby changing facilities.
GTR spokesman Roger Perkins said: “While there are fewer seats, we are running longer services.
“Cambridge will get far more frequent services, and longer services.”
The new service takes two hours 18 minutes to get from Cambridge to Brighton, and one hour 48 minutes to get from the city to Gatwick airport.
To view the new timetable from London Kings Cross visit here.
For connecting journeys visit here.