Most rail stations will have minor changes to regular timetable after South Western Railway’s autumn timetable started on Sunday, October 7, running until December 8.

A few routes will have more significant changes to train times, the rail company warns.

But beware of wet leaves on lines putting the skids under the new timings.

SW Rail says when wet leaves fall on the track they form a slippery layer that gets compacted by passing trains which means drivers need to allow extra time for more gentle braking and trains may take longer to accelerate.

But the amended timetable takes this additional time into account, it adds.

The changes are on the South Western Railway website, and for the most affected routes new pocket timetables are available at staffed stations.

For the routes with minor changes, the current printed pocket timetables already specify leaf fall amendments…  marked out in green, of course. 

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