Advance bookings from December 2018

Network Rail has advised that there will be a delay in publishing selected dates and trains within the LNER winter timetable which runs from 8 December 2018 to May 2019.

Although most LNER train services will be unaffected, it means we may not be able to offer bookings as early as usual for some routes and dates, particularly at weekends.

What's happening?

Weekday services

Weekday trains between December and May 2019 will be largely unaffected. For a very small number of late evening/early morning trains, you may not be able to book until around 6-8 weeks before travel. 

Weekend services
Engineering works will be carried out over some weekends on our routes, and you may not be able to book until around 6 weeks before travel for certain dates and journeys.


What does this mean for me?

The affected dates are:

  • Tuesday 1 January 2019
  • Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January 
  • Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 January 
  • Sunday 27 January
  • Sunday 3 February
  • Sunday 10 February
  • Sunday 17 February
  • Sunday 24 February
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March
  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March
  • Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March
  • Sunday 14 April


What happens if I buy a ticket now?

We’re sorry for any inconvenience these changes will cause, and we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

If you do book on a train that is cancelled, delayed, or where your seat reservation will not be available, we’ll provide a full refund. If you buy a ticket for a service affected by the changes and then at a later date advance tickets are made available which for a cheaper fare, you should book the Advance fare for that service and then request a fee-free refund on your original ticket.

When will tickets open for booking?

You can register for an early bird ticket alert if you have specific date(s) you know you want to travel on. We’ll send you an alert as soon as your chosen date(s) open for booking so you’ll get first access to our best value Advance fares. 

Set up your ticket alert