National Rail has announced a number of major changes to train services across the Southampton area

The company said that these changes would improve the reliability of the service in the area and to provide faster regional journeys.

Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea changes

Services between Southampton Central and Portsmouth & Southsea via Netley will be significantly retimed, in conjunction with changes to Southern services.

Services from Southampton Central will depart 16 minutes earlier than the current timetable, at 28 minutes past the hour.

Services from Portsmouth & Southsea will depart eight minutes later, at 46 minutes past the hour.

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Following these changes to services between Southampton and Portsmouth, an additional service has been created to run from Fareham to London Waterloo, departing at 07:49.

National Rail has also announced that the 06:44 Southampton Central to London Waterloo service will call additionally at Weybridge.

Southampton Central to other parts of the UK

From Monday to Saturday, there will be changes on Southern's West Coastway route.

This has been put in place with the aim of improving the reliability of the service and to provide faster regional journeys between Brighton, Chichester and Southampton, and for connections to the West of England.

The new Monday to Saturday timetable will be formed of:

  • A half-hourly service between Brighton and Southampton Central
  • An hourly service between Brighton and Portsmouth & Southsea
  • A half-hourly service between London Victoria and Portsmouth Harbour/Bognor Regis. These trains attach and detach at Horsham.

Customers travelling between Southampton Central and London Victoria via Gatwick Airport will need to change trains at Barnham or Chichester.

The National Rail Timetable is changed twice a year.

The current timetable started on Sunday, December 10, 2023 and operates until Saturday, June 1, 2024.

The next timetable starts on Sunday, June 2, 2024 and operates until Saturday, December 14,  2024.