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HART update - "no train" days, reduced timetables and increased fares
 
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HART - "no train" days, reduced timetable and increased fares


In this edition:
  • New timetable from Sunday 22 February
  • Engineering work - including "no train" days
  • Ticketing / fares update
  • Other issues

New timetable from Sunday 22 February

Due to a reduction in passengers at present, plus reduced staff resources due to having to self-isolate / testing positive, train companies including GN/TL are cutting back planned services further to ensure they can deliver a robust timetable.

Peak time and school services are largely protected, ready for the hoped re-opening of schools next month. The reductions are mainly in the M-F off-peak, with the Moorgate services reducing from 4 trains per hour to 2tph. This causes some alterations in timings / calling patterns for those that do run.

We keep 2 fast Kings Cross tph, but for some hours one of these will start / terminate at Royston, rather than Cambridge.

Hopefully the next revision will be an increase, once restrictions are eased and more passengers are able to travel again.

If you find that the new timetables have a negative impact on your journeys, then do let us know, as we can flag specific issues with the planners. It's also worth flagging issues directly to GN/TL via
Twitter or using their other contact methods: https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/help-and-support/contact-us

The first week (at least) of the new timetable pattern is showing in journey planners, but changes for engineering work are being finalised at shorter notice than normal and will currently generally only be updated every Saturday for the following week. This page shows the dates from which the full info should be reliable for specific weeks: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/254145.aspx.

The pdf timetables have yet to be released, but should appear here on Friday 19 Feb for GN/TL services: 
https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/coronavirus-information/revised-timetable. Paper timetable leaflets are not being made available.

Engineering work - including "no train" days

There is a summary of the various closures / changes on: https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/eastcoastupgrade. Some of the other locations for info are trying to cover multiple issues simultaneously and are incomplete / confusing, so we would currently recommend watching this one. As mentioned above, the detailed impact of changes may only appear in journey planners a few days ahead of time.

Sunday 21 Feb - no trains at Hatfield

No trains will be running on the mainline via Hatfield. Buses will be running between Stevenage and Alexandra Palace – one fast and one stopping every hour. Longer distance mainline train services will be diverted around the Hertford Loop.

The timings should all be showing in journey planners.

Friday 26 Feb - no train services to/from London

Thameslink services will be terminating at Potters Bar and GN Moorgate services will be terminating at New Barnet. There will be no buses at New Barnet.

Passengers for London should use rail replacement buses from Potters Bar to Cockfosters (for Piccadilly Line) or St Albans (for TL services). Alternatively you can make your own way over to St Albans or another TL station on that route. Ticket acceptance is in place via both routes mentioned.


These changes are not yet showing correctly in journey planners, but should appear by Saturday.

Saturday 27 Feb - no trains at Hatfield + no train services to/from London

No trains will run south of Stevenage on the mainline into London King’s Cross / Moorgate / St Pancras. Hertford Loop services will run only between Stevenage and Gordon Hill.

Travelling to/from Hatfield northwards will involve a bus.

Travelling towards London will involve a first bus to Potters Bar, then further bus options as shown above.

Again these changes are not yet showing in planners.


Sunday 28 Feb - no trains at Hatfield + no train services to/from London

Similar to the previous day, except that trains will not run south of Hitchin on the mainline. Also there are early morning engineering works scheduled for the St Albans line.

26 Feb - 4 Jun

The main phase of the Kings Cross work begins with the weekend closure described above and runs until Sunday 4 June. There will be further weekend closures 23-25 April and 4-6 June. Only roughly half the platforms will be available across the whole period.

An outline of the currently planned dates is available at https://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/the-programme/.

Apart from the weekend closures, the 22 Feb timetable has already been adjusted to cater for the reduced capacity so far as our services are concerned.

We have been involved in discussions regarding passenger communications, but the main message for the next few months must be - there is major engineering work being done (and not just on this project), so check websites and journey planners ahead of time, the Saturday before and the day before / on the day, especially if planning to travel at weekends or early/late during the week.
Ticketing / fares update

Carnets

There's no news yet as to when these will become available on The Key.

Part time season tickets

We understand it will be some time before there is any news about what the government plans to put in place for commuters travelling fewer than 5 days a week.

Fare increase

The 2021 fare increase was postponed from the normal January date, but will happen on 1 March.

Regulated fares, including season tickets, will increase from then by RPI+1 = 2.6%. The increased prices are not yet showing online. A similar increase will be implemented by TfL from the same date.

We anticipate that the 2022 fare revision will revert to being in January, but this has not been officially confirmed.

Other issues


We are still awaiting updates on several other issues impacting the station, such as the enhancements to be delivered under the passenger benefit fund - we will provide updates as soon as we have any definite news.

We continue to work on a wide range of other topics - impacting trains, the station and information provision.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or an issue where you think we can assist, please let us know - by email or via Twitter.

Spread the Word

Please let other station users know of our existence and encourage them to join our mailing list and/or follow us on Twitter. We update the Twitter feed on our website with news items etc in between newsletters.

Do let us have details of any other issues and concerns and we will assist in raising them in an appropriate forum.

Help please! - in order to maximise our impact in matters effecting you, we need further volunteers - even a small amount of time would help e.g. info stands at the station, contributing to these newsletters, updating info on our website etc. You can contact us on committee@hatfieldrail.com.

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