Travel Update - Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways - Social Distancing and New Timetable

For the last two months Chiltern Railways has supported the national response to coronavirus by operating vital rail services for key workers. The timetable has been heavily amended and the cleaning regime enhanced at stations and onboard trains.

Chiltern will continue to support workers making their essential journeys as nationwide emergency measures are gradually modified. In anticipation of passenger numbers increasing, on 18th May more services will be added to the timetable. The new timetables are available on the
Chiltern website with key changes summarised below.

Plan ahead, consider others, stay safe
Over the last two months Chiltern has been able to ensure that services have significantly more seats than passengers, so that people travelling can effectively self-distance when on board. Increasing the number of services will increase capacity further so that more people can move safely as passenger numbers begin to rise.

Social distancing will be in place for some time, including on the railway. During this time the message to customers has three key themes: plan ahead, consider others, and stay safe.

Plan ahead

  • Allow more time for the journey
  • Buy tickets online or download a relevant app to book tickets
  • Check train times and the latest live train information before travel


Consider others

  • Avoid travelling during rush hour if possible
  • Follow advice from staff, on posters and on floor markings
  • Be considerate to those who may be less able


Stay safe

  • Follow government advice and only travel if needed
  • Keep the required distance from other people as far as possible
  • Wear a face covering if possible


Timetable changes
From 18th May the number of services will increase in each direction as below:

  • Restoring services to/from Kidderminster
  • Two trains per hour between Marylebone – Aylesbury via Amersham
  • Two trains per hour between Marylebone – Oxford
  • One train per hour between Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street
  • One train per hour between Marylebone and Banbury/Stratford upon Avon
  • One train per hour between Marylebone and Gerrards Cross
  • In the peak, up to four trains per hour between Marylebone and Aylesbury via Amersham and an additional service between Marylebone and West Ruislip.

    We hope this update is of value and would appreciate if this could be shared with appropriate colleagues within your business as well as with your client partners to better manage travel arrangements and service enquiries during this challenging time.


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