The rail industry has announced more overnight trains, and that London’s mainline stations will be open overnight to provide shelter on the day of the State Funeral to help people get home.

As long distance services are expected to be busiest in the late afternoon and evening following the State Funeral, passengers traveling shorter distances are being encouraged not to rush home immediately afterwards to help ease pressure on tube and rail stations.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Network Rail chair, said “To help us provide the best possible experience and avoid lengthy queues at stations we’re asking people not to rush home after the funeral and the processions, but to take their time and experience London on this memorable day.”

For people who stay later, Network Rail says that its managed stations in London – including King’s Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross and Euston – will be open 24 hours a day to provide shelter so people can safely wait for their trains to get home. Many shops, restaurants and toilets will remain open to help passengers be as comfortable as possible throughout the night.

Some stations will also have ‘welfare trains’ – empty passenger trains –  that if needed can be used to provide additional seating. If they are used, then customers will invited to join by station staff with priority given to the elderly and vulnerable.

A number of trains will also run from some of the mainline stations through the late evening and into the night to enable mourners to safely return home.

Overnight services are limited, but Thameslink will be running trains regularly throughout the night to Bedford and Brighton, while GWR will be running trains to Reading and Bristol. Greater Anglia will be running trains all night toward Southend and Stanstead. There will be some intermittent services from the other major stations.

For London’s transport, TfL says that all tube services, including London Overground, the Elizabeth line and the DLR will run a normal weekday service on the Bank Holiday Monday for the funeral, but will also close later in the evening to help with people getting home.

They are warning though that some short-term safety measures such as queuing, closures, non-stopping trains or changes to the way customers enter or exit a station may be necessary due to the crowds expected on the day.

Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner stations will be closed for most of the morning. TfL will aim to reopen stations to help customers leaving the Westminster area following the end of the funeral service.

Green Park station will be exit only between 10am and 8pm.

The London Underground will run for an hour later than usual at night, so last trains from central London will be leaving a little after 1am. Also, the central section of the Elizabeth line, which usually closes at 11pm will be open until midnight, with trains every 5 minutes.

Although buses will run to a normal weekday schedule, many routes in central London will be diverted around the ceremonial areas.

Overnight mainline train services

Based on information from Real Time Trains, the overnight trains from London’s mainline stations between midnight and 5am are as follows but, you MUST check with your train company AS WELL, and trains may not call at all stations. As much as possible, book tickets in advance, and reserve seats where possible.

Paddington station

  • 00:29 Bristol Temple Meads
  • 00:32 Oxford
  • 00:34 Reading
  • 00:50 Reading
  • 01:00 Reading
  • 01:34 Bristol Temple Meads
  • 01:34 Reading
  • 01:50 Reading
  • 02:05 Reading
  • 02:30 Bristol Temple Meads
  • 02:50 Reading
  • 03:00 Reading
  • 03:30 Bristol Temple Meads
  • 03:34 Reading
  • 03:50 Reading
  • 04:05 Didcot Parkway
  • 04:18 Bristol Temple Meads
  • 05:00 Reading

Marylebone station

  • 00:01 Oxford
  • 00:10 Banbury
  • 01:10 High Wycombe
  • 03:15 Oxford
  • 04:10 High Wycombe

Euston station

  • 00:05 Northampton
  • 00:35 Northampton
  • 01:34 Milton Keynes Central

St Pancras International

  • 00:11 Bedford
  • 00:12 Ashford International
  • 00:15 Derby
  • 00:18 Bedford
  • 00:22 Three Bridges
  • 00:31 Bedford
  • 00:46 Peterborough
  • 00:52 Brighton
  • 00:59 Bedford
  • 01:14 Bedford
  • 01:19 Derby
  • 01:32 Three Bridges
  • 01:44 Bedford
  • 02:12 Ashford International
  • 02:32 Three Bridges
  • 02:44 Bedford
  • 03L02 Three Bridges
  • 03:15 Derby
  • 03:32 Three Bridges
  • 03:44 Bedford
  • 04:02 Brighton
  • 04:12 Ashford International
  • 04:13 Derby
  • 04:14 Bedford
  • 04:32 Brighton
  • 04:44 Bedford
  • 04:42 Brighton

Kings Cross station

  • 00:33 Cambridge
  • 01:06 Royston
  • 01:10 Hertford North
  • 01:36 Peterborough
  • 01:40 Welwyn Garden City
  • 04:12 Letchworth

Liverpool Street Station

  • 00:01 Enfield Town
  • 00:03 Chingford
  • 00:10 Stansted Airport
  • 00:12 Bishops Stortford
  • 00:14 Southend Victoria
  • 00:18 Chingford
  • 00:18 Colchester
  • 00:33 Chingford
  • 00:46 Colchester
  • 00:48 Chingford
  • 00:50 Southend Victoria
  • 00:40 Norwich
  • 00:46 Colchester
  • 00:48 Chingford
  • 00:50 Southend Victoria
  • 01:03 Chingford
  • 01:10 Stansted Airport
  • 01:40 Colchester
  • 01:50 Southend Victoria
  • 02:10 Stanstead Airport
  • 02:25 Colchester
  • 02:50 Southend Victoria
  • 03:10 Stansted Airport
  • 03:30 Colchester
  • 03:38 Southend Victoria
  • 04:10 Stansted Airport
  • 04:25 Colchester
  • 04:35 Southend Victoria
  • 04:40 Stansted Airport

Fenchurch Street

  • 00:04 Shoeburyness
  • 00:11 Shoeburyness
  • 00:24 Grays
  • 00:34 Shoeburyness

London Bridge

  • 00:01 Selhurst
  • 00:03 Dartford
  • 00:13 Orpington
  • 00:16 Hayes (Kent)
  • 00:17 Caterham
  • 00:21 Dartford
  • 00:24 Tunbridge Wells
  • 00:29 Gravesend
  • 00:35 Dartford
  • 00:35 East Croydon
  • 00:51 Dartford
  • 00:59 Orpington
  • 01:54 Tunbridge Wells
  • 03:54 Tunbridge Wells

Waterloo

  • 00:09 Guildford

Victoria

  • 00:02 Worthing
  • 00:04 Dartford
  • 00:08 Gatwick Airport
  • 00:10 Gillingham (Kent)
  • 00:13 East Croydon
  • 00:25 Ashford International
  • 00:28 Orpington
  • 00:40 Gillingham (Kent)
  • 01:09 Dartford
  • 01:22 Gillingham (Kent)
  • 01:55 Ashford International
  • 02:25 Orpington
  • 03:09 Dartford
  • 03:22 Gillingham (Kent)
  • 04:25 Orpington
  • 04:30 Gatwick Airport
  • 04:35 Ashford International
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6 comments
  1. Peewee says:

    A train from Euston to Stratford?? Where’s it planning on reversing?

    • ianVisits says:

      Details on Real Times Train – link in the article.

    • David says:

      It’s movement of empty coaching stock from Euston to Stratford, not a passenger service.

      On realtime trains you have to open the header at the top of the page to see this.

      Some of the other services listed in this article may also not really exist.

    • ianVisits says:

      I had selected passenger only services – must have accidentally lost the filter when changing stations – have removed that service. Thanks

  2. Brian Butterworth says:

    “03L02 Three Bridges” !

  3. Steve says:

    Thanks for this Ian, it’s a shame the rail industry haven’t provided such a neat précis of the plans and available services on one page and it’s fallen to you! Appreciated.

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