King’s Coronation: Chiltern Railways advise of busier services over Coronation Weekend

Train operator Chiltern Railways has advised customers that services are likely to be extremely busy over the weekend, as well-wishers travel to London to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. 

Chiltern has an enhanced timetable in operation on Saturday 6 May, with lengthened trains and a handful of additional services running to accommodate those travelling to the capital to attend the Royal celebrations. 

Despite the enhanced timetable, customers between London Marylebone and Oxford are reminded that due to the closure of the Nuneham Viaduct, Chiltern Railways is still the sole operator between Oxford and the capital, meaning that services are still likely to be extremely busy throughout the day.  

Chiltern Railways has ensured that its stations reflect the celebratory tone of the weekend with decorative bunting and handouts across its network, with some station gardens seeing red, white and blue flowers planted ahead of the Coronation Weekend.  

The operator is also working with the Heart of England Community Rail partnership on a school workshop in Solihull, where pupils will be tasked with designing a ‘Royal Train’ – with the artwork to then be displayed at the station. 

With a live band at London Marylebone on Saturday, Chiltern Railways is looking forward to welcoming customers to the capital for this once in a generation event. 

Customers are reminded that services are likely to be extremely busy on Saturday 6 May, and owing to this, should ensure that they check their full journey before travelling and purchase tickets in advance where possible on the Chiltern Railways website (www.chilternrailways.co.uk) or app.  

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About Chiltern

  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries. Arriva are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, responsible for DB's passenger transport services outside Germany.
  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its Central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Kidderminster.
  • Chiltern also runs trains on the London to Aylesbury Line to Aylesbury (with some trains terminating at Aylesbury Vale Parkway instead), on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury and Oxford to Bicester branch lines.