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Everything you need to know about the new Cambridge to Brighton train service

The timetable for the highly-anticipated new direct Cambridge to Brighton train service will come in..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 6, 2018

The timetable for the highly-anticipated new direct Cambridge to Brighton train service will come into place from May 20.

It will mean there will now be one train every hour – up from one a day – operating on the new direct Brighton line.

It has been made possible with the opening of the St Pancras Canal tunnels between King's Cross and St Pancras, where the trains will then be able to run southeastwards.

How much will it cost?

For a ticket from Cambridge to Brighton it will cost £41 single off-peak or £54 return, according to National Rail.

These prices are accurate as of May 3, 2018.

The new timetable

You can view a printable version of the new Cambridge to Brighton timetable here.

For specific trains use National Rail's pocket timetable here.

A Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 train, pictured in Brighton

New direct service

As of May 20 passengers will be able to get on a brand new train at Cambridge Station, and not get off until they reach the trendy seaside town famed for its cobbled beaches.

The new service will run on a new fleet of Class 700 Thameslink trains and will take just two hours 18 minutes to get from Cambridge to Brighton.

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The new Thameslink service operate between Kings Cross and Cambridge until December 2019, before switching its operations through London St Pancras and south towards Maidstone East.

The new trains, which are run by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), will also promise faster journeys to the South Bank and Gatwick Airport.

Part of a £7 billion improvement programme

The change is part of the £7 billion Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme to invest in the railways and improve capacity into the capital.

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.

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“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.”

Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Once you arrive in Brighton

When the new timetable comes in it will provide the perfect way to get away for a summer day trip to the beach.

But what to do once you get there? If you're struggling for inspiration, here's our top 10 guide of things to see and do in vibrant, multicultural Brighton.

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