CHILTERN Railways is set to introduce a new timetable next week - increasing services in line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The new timetable will increase services on the London Marylebone – Amersham – Aylesbury line as well as providing more services between London and Oxford, and London and Birmingham, as non-essential retail reopens and other activities are able to resume.

On weekdays there will be, on average, three trains an hour to Aylesbury (two via the Metropolitan line and one via High Wycombe), and two trains an hour to Oxford and Birmingham, representing an increase of 57 per cent in peak services.

On weekends from April 17, there will be two trains an hour from Marylebone calling at Oxford and Bicester Village, faster services to High Wycombe from London and two trains per hour during busy periods between London and Birmingham.

Customers looking to travel on weekends are advised to check the Chiltern Railways website for train times as there may be changes to the timetable due to events taking place.

The new timetable represents 82 per cent of Chiltern’s pre-Covid level of services and is the tenth major change to the timetable since the first national lockdown.

Richard Allan, Managing Director, Chiltern Railways said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming more customers travelling with us from April 12.

“We have listened to customer and stakeholder feedback to develop a timetable that will meet customer expectations as we expect the number of people travelling to increase steadily from their current level.”