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Our timetable continues to reflect a reduced service on some routes so that we are keeping both our customer’s and colleague’s safety a number one priority. We are continuing to enhance our dwell time at certain stations to ensure there is enough time for customers to board and alight safely.

Our full timetable 

Our network stretches from Aberdeen to Penzance, so you’re bound to find somewhere you’d like to visit. Below you can download the latest CrossCountry train times as a PDF. Timetables are correct at the time of production.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your leisure journeys, check out our destination pages to see where CrossCountry can take you.

Scotland, North East & Manchester to the South West and South Coast

Stansted, Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham to Birmingham & Cardiff


Timetable Updates

Some last trains may be earlier than normal and we recommend you check your journey before you travel by using National Rail Enquiries, our Train Tickets app, or viewing our timetables below:

Saturday 27 August - Friday 2 September - All other routes

Saturday 3 September - Sunday 4 September - Stansted to Birmingham New Street

Saturday 3 September - Sunday 4 September - All other routes

Saturday 10 September - Sunday 11 September - Stansted to Birmingham New Street

Create your own pocket timetable

You can create your own free personalised pocket train timetable from National Rail Enquiries. This allows you to create a timetable for up to three separate departure or arrival stations and can select the days, dates and travel times to suit you. It’s printable, so perfect for your pocket.

Route Map from Monday 17 May (note - services at weekends may also be affected by engineering work)

Download the map here (PDF)



Advance booking dates

Due to delays in engineering work receipts as a result of COVID disruption, we are currently running a reduced advance booking window.

Whilst tickets can be bought up to three months prior to travel, seat reservations are not available until closer to the journey date. The table below provides the latest date that you can reserve seat reservations on our services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, please check back for updates.

  Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday
Birmingham - Manchester

28 October 2022

22 October 2022

9 October 2022

Birmingham - Reading

28 October 2022

22 October 2022

9 October 2022

Reading - Southampton / Bournemouth

28 October 2022

22 October 2022

9 October 2022

Birmingham - Bristol / South West

11 November 2022

5 November 2022

9 October 2022
Birmingham - Newcastle / Scotland

11 November 2022

5 November 2022

9 October 2022

Birmingham - Stansted

4 November 2022

29 October 2022 9 October 2022
Cardiff - Birmingham

4 November 2022

29 October 2022 9 October 2022
Birmingham - Nottingham 4 November 2022 22 October 2022

9 October 2022

(last updated: Friday 2 September) 


Revised station calls

We are operating many longer trains where possible to provide up to twice the normal capacity and increasing the dwell time at key stations to allow for customers to board and alight safely. To achieve this while also maintaining the national railway timetable, a small number of stations have seen our services reduced or withdrawn to allow additional time at the more heavily used stations. Our trains continue to operate throughout the day on most routes at a reduced frequency and in some cases with a revised calling pattern. We will be operating the full timetable on the routes between Birmingham - Leicester - Stansted Airport and Nottingham - Birmingham New Street - Cardiff Central. 

A minimum of one train per hour operates on the following routes:

      • Manchester Piccadilly – Reading (some trains extend to or from Bournemouth)
      • Bristol Temple Meads – Newcastle (some trains extend to or from Penzance, Plymouth, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central or Aberdeen).

Only a very limited CrossCountry service calls at:

Attenborough Arbroath
Audley End Bodmin Parkway
Brockenhurst Caldicot 
Chepstow Chesterfield
Crewe Dawlish
Doncaster  Glasgow Central
Haymarket  Liskeard
Lydney Montrose
Paignton Penzance
Severn Tunnel Junction Spondon
St Austell St Erth
Stonehaven Teignmouth
Torquay Wilmslow


No CrossCountry services call at the following stations:

Bath Spa Chester-le-Street 
Congleton Cupar
Guildford Hayle
Inverkeithing Kirkcaldy
Ladybank Leuchars
Lostwithiel Markinch

Other train companies’ trains continue to serve these stations.

Passenger Assist

We are still operating both booked and un-booked Passenger Assistance services for those passengers that require this, although we are encouraging customers to book ahead so we can ensure the correct provision of assistance is provided. For more information please visit here.

Ticket arrangements

If you are making a journey with us we strongly advise that you book in advance and reserve a place on specific train. For more information on how to reserve a seat please visit here.
If you already have a ticket but do not have a seat reserved for your chosen train, need to amend your booked seat or have any other query, please contact our Customer Relations team on 03447 369 123. Alternatively, you can contact our Social Media team via TwitterFacebook Messenger or the live chat widget in the bottom corner of your screen, where we are available 24 hours a day.

Please note that weekend upgrades are currently not available to purchase whilst on board. We hope to be able to reinstate this in the near future.

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