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A new rail timetable went live on May 19, introducing 1,000 new services every day.
It means faster services, more journey options and more capacity for passengers around Britain.
Twice a year - in May and December - we implement a new timetable to allow passenger train and freight operators to make changes to their services.
How does it work?
Network Rail is responsible for planning timetables for Britain’s railway. Each train and freight operating company develops the timetable they would like to run in their area, and Network Rail coordinates all the different timetables to produce a single national rail timetable.
In May and December, new timetables enable passenger train operators and freight companies to run more or new services, change the timing of their services, and/or change their routes. This is often done after a part of the network has grown or been upgraded.
The new Azuma arrives at Leeds on its very first journey, from London King's Cross. The new trains are among the rail industry's investments in greater capacity across Britain.
The national timetable needs to balance what can be many competing demands:
We manage the available space on the rail network so operators can use it fairly and safely.
Developing the timetable is a very complex process that aims to balance the needs and ambitions of all operators.
We must consult many different organisations as we develop a new national timetable, and it takes 16 months.
We take lots of factors into account when we plan a timetable, and many of these are to keep passengers safe:
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