On 20th May 2018, East Midland Trains are making major changes to their timetable. The changes will include different departure times, quicker or extended journey times on routes and fewer stops with Bedford and Luton removed during peak travelling times. This is to allow the new Thameslink timetable to be introduced, which is part of the wider £7bn Government-sponsored Thameslink programme. A brand new Thameslink timetable will be introduced from May 2018 providing thousands of extra peak-time seats, improved journey times and better connections on Thameslink services from Bedford to Farringdon and to London Bridge and further south.
These changes will be in place until 2020 when the Midland Main Line upgrade is due to be completed, creating more track capacity with a sixth path into London. The transformation of the Midland Main Line, which runs between London St Pancras, Nottingham and Sheffield, will deliver the biggest upgrade of this line in almost 150 years to meet rising demand. Long-distance journey times between Nottingham, Sheffield and London will be reduced by up to 20 minutes in peak times. From 2020, a brand new fleet of bimode trains will accommodate more passengers with over 1000 additional seats an hour at peak times and produce fewer emissions.