Less Busy Trains

Choose less busy trains to and from London Liverpool Street

To help you plan your journey and to avoid the busiest trains and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve introduced measures to count the number of people boarding our morning and evening train services across our network. If you're travelling to London, you can use this page to help decide on which train to catch if you want to avoid the busiest services. The analysis is based on data from across the previous week and is not a live feed, but provides a useful guide to predict the busier trains.

Peak times in the morning are earlier than pre Covid levels, with the busiest times being between 0630 and 0730 for trains arriving into London. Evening peak remains unchanged with busiest evening peak being between 1630 and 1830. But all trains are much less busy than normal.

Before travelling with us, please also familiarise yourself on ways to help safeguard your own health and others when using our services here. Please remember that it is mandatory to wear a face covering whilst at our stations and on our trains, unless you’re exempt.

These calculations use the train’s reduced capacity allowing for social distancing, rather than its actual capacity, and we have set a trigger to inform passengers which trains are less busy, or if the reduced capacity is near to being reached.

Passengers are counted getting on or off at, e.g, Tottenham Hale & Liverpool Street, or Stratford & Liverpool Street and this is converted into a percentage to show you which trains are less busy, allowing greater social distancing. These will be marked with:

Green indicates there has been plenty of space for social distancing on the train, and its social distancing capacity is less than 50%.

Amber indicates trains are running low on social distancing capacity, and its social distancing capacity is between 51% and 74%.

Red indicates that trains are at social distancing capacity of more than 75%.

Where an amber or red symbol appears, please consider traveling at a different time. You can find flexible train ticket options here.

*All information is based upon analysis of travel patterns from Monday 19th April to Friday 23rd April for the 'morning' services into Liverpool Street. The information shown for 'evening' trains leaving Liverpool Street is for Monday 19th April to Friday 23rd April. We aim to update this once a week.

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Morning

Origin Departure Time Arrival Time
Colchester 05:12 06:18
Ipswich 05:12 06:33
Clacton 05:20 06:54
Witham 06:18 07:06
Clacton 05:40 07:17

Colchester Town

06:19 07:34
Clacton 06:10 07:46
Braintree 07:00 08:03
Ipswich 06:52 08:16
Clacton 07:05 08:36
Harwich Int 07:20 08:52
Braintree 08:00 09:02
Colchester Town 08:00 09:16

Evening

Destination Departure Time Arrival Time
Clacton 15:18 16:44
Colchester Town 15:38 16:53
Braintree 15:48 16:51
Ipswich 16:02 17:27
Clacton 16:16 17:44
Colchester Town 16:38 17:49
Braintree 16:46 17:50
Colchester 17:02 18:04
Clacton 17:18 18:46
Colchester Town 17:38 18:49
Braintree 17:48 18:50
Ipswich 18:02 19:25
Clacton 18:18 19:46
Colchester Town 18:38 19:49
Braintree 18:48 19:50

Morning

Departure Time Arrival Time

05:39 (Origin: Bishops Stortford)

06:23
05:20 06:43
05:31 06:45
05:51 07:18
06:18 07:23
06:33 (Origin: Bishops Stortford) 07:35
06:21 07:48
06:51 08:18
07:20 08:48
07:47 08:53
07:50 09:18

Evening

Departure Time Arrival Time
15:28 16:62
15:58 17:21
16:28 17:43
16:43 18:09
17:13 18:47
17:43 19:15
18:13 19:39
18:37 19:48
18:43 20:09

Morning

Departure Time Arrival Time
05:25 06:18
06:06 07:00
06:27 07:16
06:57 07:46
07:30 (Origin: Broxbourne) 08:06
07:27 08:16
08:00 (Origin: Broxbourne) 08:35
07:57 08:46
08:30 (Origin: Broxbourne) 09:05
08:39 09:31

Evening

Departure Time Arrival Time
16:56 (Destination: Broxbourne) 17:29
17:26 (Destination: Broxbourne) 17:59
17:56 (Destination: Broxbourne) 18:29
18:26 (Destination: Broxbourne) 18:59
15:42 16:31
16:12 17:02
16:41 17:31
17:11 18:01
17:41 18:31
18:11 19:01
18:41 19:31
18:56 19:52

Morning

Departure Time Arrival Time
05:00 06:57
05:30 07:26
06:00 07:52
07:05 09:05

Evening

Departure Time Arrival Time
15:30 17:24
16:30 18:19
17:30 19:23
18:30 20:25

Morning

Departure Time Arrival Time
05:30 06:29
05:50 06:51
06:10 07:09
06:30 07:09
06:40 07:39
06:50 07:49
07:10 08:09
07:30 08:29
07:50 08:49
08:10 09:09
08:30 09:29

Evening

Departure Time Arrival Time
15:35 16:34
15:55 16:54
16:13 17:14
16:35 17:34
16:55 17:54
17:13 18:14
17:35 18:34
17:56 18:54
18:15 19:14
18:35 19:34
18:55 19:54

Morning

Departure Time Arrival Time
06:00 06:49
06:15 07:06
06:42 07:39
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07:12 08:08
07:42 08:38
08:13 09:08
08:27 09:21

Evening

Departure Time Arrival Time
15:40 16:28
15:55 16:45
16:25 17:15
16:54 17:46
17:24 18:15
17:54 18:46
18:09 19:00
18:39 19:31