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Latest Travel News

It’s always worth checking your route before you travel on any mode of transport. Things can change in a moment, especially in severe weather, and the unforeseen delays are usually the trickiest to clear due to the simple fact they can’t be planned for. But with our up-to-the-minute bulletin board below, you can at least plan around them.

Service Disruptions

Last update: 07/07/2015 16:26

Disruption between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt / Enfield Town until at least 16:30
Incident created07/07/2015 15:24
Last updated07/07/2015 15:51
Route affected

London Overground between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt / Enfield Town

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

A lineside fire near Edmonton Green is causing delays of up to 40 minutes to journeys between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt. Trains between London Liverpool Street and Enfield Town are currently unable to run.

Passengers may use London Buses and Docklands Light Railway.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 16:30.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #EdmontonGreen

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Disruption between New Cross Gate and Sydenham until at least 17:30
Incident created07/07/2015 16:20
Last updated07/07/2015 16:26
Route affected

London Overground between Highbury & Islington and Crystal Palace and also between Dalston Junction / Surrey Quays and West Croydon

Southern between London Bridge and London Victoria and also between London Bridge and Horhsam / Uckfield / Caterham / East Grinstead

Thameslink between London Bridge and Brighton

Train operator affected London Overground
Description

A trespass incident near Honor Oak Park means Journeys are being delayed by up to 40 minutes between New Cross Gate and Sydenham

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 17:30.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #HonorOakPark

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Delays between Doncaster and York / Selby until at least 17:45
Incident created07/07/2015 15:52
Last updated07/07/2015 16:22
Route affected

CrossCountry between Southampton / Reading and Newcastle

Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Sunderland

Hull Trains between London kings Cross and Hull

Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; East Coast Trains; First Hull Trains; Grand Central; Northernrail
Description

A signalling problem caused by a lightning strike near Doncaster is causing delays of up to 60 minutes between Doncaster and York / Selby.

Hull Trains services will be diverted via Goole not calling at Selby and Howden. Passengers may travel between Hull and Selby on First TransPennine and Northern services.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 17:45

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Doncaster

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

 

Delays between Stratford and Hackney Wick until at least 17:00
Incident created07/07/2015 14:52
Last updated07/07/2015 16:19
Route affected

Trains between Richmond and Stratford

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

A signalling problem near Hackney Wick means fewer trains are able to run, this is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to journeys between Stratford and Hackney Wick.

Alternative travel options passengers may use the following on any reasonable routes:

c2c, First Great Western, Abellio Greater Anglia, London Underground, Southeastern, South West Trains and Southern services and also Docklands Light Railway and London Buses.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 17:00.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #HackneyWick

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Disruption between Leeds and York via Harrogate until at least 17:00
Incident created07/07/2015 15:14
Last updated07/07/2015 15:54
Route affected

Trains between Leeds and Harrogate / York

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

A signalling problem at Harrogate is causing disruption to journeys between Leeds and York via Harrogate.

Some services may be replaced by a bus between Leeds and Harrogate / Knaresborough.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 17:00

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Harrogate

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Industrial action affecting London Underground on 8 and 9 July
Incident created02/07/2015 18:20
Last updated07/07/2015 15:18
Route affected

All London Underground routes

Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Aylesbury via Amersham

Great Northern between Moorgate and Letchworth Garden City / Welwyn Garden City

London Overground between Richmond and Stratford, between London Euston and Watford Junction and between Gospel Oak and Barking

Southern routes between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central

Thameslink between Bedford and Sutton / Brighton

 

Train operator affected Chiltern Railways; London Overground; London Underground; Southern Rail
Description

The trade unions ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite have announced industrial action on London Underground, which will affect services from 18:30 tomorrow, Wednesday 8 July and throughout Thursday 9 July. This planned strike action is a result of ongoing disputes between the unions and London Underground over pay and Night Tube.

Transport for London are advising passengers that there will be no tube services from late afternoon on Wednesday 8 July and no tube services for all of Thursday 9 July.

National Rail routes will remain largely unaffected but services are expected to be busier than usual, so please check before you travel.

Should National Rail routes across London be affected then further information will be published here.

The following Thameslink and Great Northern stations that are operated by London Underground staff may be closed:

  • Drayton Park
  • Essex Road
  • Farringdon
  • Highbury & Islington
  • Old Street
  • Moorgate

For the latest information, please visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike

Buses replace trains between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town until at least Friday 10 July
Incident created30/06/2015 15:18
Last updated07/07/2015 13:02
Route affected

Between Newark North Gate and Grimsby Town

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

A  freight train derailed between Lincoln Central and Market Rasen on 30 June causing damage to the track. The train has now been removed.

Network Rail have advised that the line will remain closed until at least Friday 10 July,  to allow repair work to be done to the damaged track.

Buses are replacing trains between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town with approximate journey times of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Alternative travel options:

Passengers may use:

  • Stagecoach buses on route 53 between Lincoln and Grimsby
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Newark Northgate and Doncaster
  • First TransPennine and Northern Rail services between Doncaster and Grimsby Town

 

Passengers who decide not to travel may apply for a refund at the point of purchase.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Lincoln

You can check your journey up to and including Thursday 9 July by using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

Industrial action affecting First Great Western services Thursday 9 July to Saturday 11 July
Incident created03/07/2015 10:24
Last updated07/07/2015 12:06
Route affected

All First Great Western Routes

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

The trade union RMT have announced industrial action which will significantly affect First Great Western services from Thursday 9 July to the start of service Saturday 11 July. There will also be some minor alterations to services from 18:00 on Wednesday 8 July. This strike action is a result of ongoing disputes between the RMT and First Great Western.

An overview of the services that are expected to run is below. Capacity will be limited and trains will be very busy.

An overtime ban on Saturday 11 July could also mean late notice changes or possible cancellations. Levels of service will vary by area due to the availability of trained staff to safely operate services.

The following service will run:

London Thames Valley:

  • Between Reading and Gatwick: An hourly service will operate between Reading and Redhill, passengers are advised to use Southern services between Redhill and Gatwick Airport.
  • Between Reading and Basingstoke: Hourly service
  • Services between Maidenhead and Marlow will terminate at Bourne End
  • Oxford, Reading, London fast services will be operated by turbo trains

 

Passengers may use CrossCountry services between Oxford / Reading and Basingstoke on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July.

Bristol:

  • Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, extending to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during the peak: One train an hour
  • Services between Cardiff and Portsmouth will operate between Bristol Parkway and Salisbury only: Every two hours
  • Between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester: Every two hours

 

Passengers may use Arriva Trains Wales services between Newport and Cheltenham Spa and CrossCountry services between Gloucester and Bristol on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July.

South Wales:

  • Between London Paddington and Cardiff via Bristol Parkway. Services will extend to Swansea in the peak: One train an hour
  • Cardiff to Taunton services will not run in both directions. Customers for those services will be able to travel to Bristol Parkway and change at Bristol Temple Meads and station to Weston-Super-Mare/Taunton
  • Arriva Trains Wales are expecting their services between Cardiff and Swansea to be busy during the period of industrial action and are looking to add extra capacity and services where possible

 

Passengers may use Arriva Trains Wales services between Newport and Carmarthen / Swansea / Hereford / Cheltenham and local bus services between Swansea and Cardiff on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July.

South Cotswolds:

  • Between Cheltenham Spa and London Paddington: One train per morning and evening peak

 

North Cotswolds:

  • Between Hereford/Worcester and London Paddington: One train per morning and evening peak
  • Between Worcester and Oxford: A limited service will run.

 

Devon and Cornwall:

  • Between London Paddington and Plymouth: One train every two hours
  • Between Penzance and Plymouth: One train every two hours
  • Between Exeter and Exmouth: One train every two hours
  • Between Exeter and Paignton: One train every two hours
  • Between Barnstaple and Exeter: One per morning and evening peak
  • Between Plymouth a Gunnislake: One per morning and evening peak

 

The Night Riviera sleeper service is cancelled on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 July, but will operate on Friday 10 July

Passengers may use CrossCountry services between Bristol / Exeter and Penzance and local buses on routes 17, 24, 25 and 27.

Cancelled branch line services:

  • Between Severn Beach and Bristol Temple Meads - Passengers are advised to use local bus services to travel between these stations. Season tickets will be accepted for these journeys.
  • Between Weymouth and Westbury - Passengers are advised to travel on South West Trains services to Southampton and change for an alternative service to Weymouth.
  • Between Looe and Liskeard - Passengers are advised to use Plymouth Citybus services on route 72, however there is no ticket acceptance on this route.
  • Between Newquay and Par - Passengers are advised to use local bus services to travel between these stations. Season tickets will be accepted for these journeys.
  • Between Falmouth and Truro - Passengers are advised to use local bus services to travel between these stations. Season tickets will be accepted for these journeys.
  • Between Greenford and Paddington - Passengers are advised to use London Buses or London Underground services. Please note, on Thursday 9 July, London Underground workers may also be on strike.
  • Between Swindon and Westbury via Melksham.- Passengers travelling between these stations are advised to make alternative arrangements.

 

To check your journey for Thursday 9 July, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Changes to the timetable for Friday 10 July are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner. Please check back closer to the time of travel.

Click here to view the strike map, which summarises where we expect to run services.

Ticket Information

As a greatly reduced service will run, First Great Western recommend that customers with tickets for the dates affected travel on either Wednesday 8 July or Saturday 11 July if possible. Further details for individual ticket types are outlined below.

Anytime, Off-peak and Super Off Peak tickets (or variations thereof)

Tickets for Thursday 9 or Friday 10 July will be valid for travel on Wednesday 8 July or Saturday 11 July. Passengers with Anytime or Off-Peak tickets who choose to travel on Saturday 11 July may find it is cheaper to claim a refund for their existing ticket and purchase a new ticket for the same journey. Please check with your retailer for details. Full refunds will be available for customers who choose not to travel.

Advance Purchase

Tickets for Thursday 9 or Friday 10 July will be valid for travel on Wednesday 8 July or Saturday 11 July. For travel on the days affected, Advance Purchase tickets will be valid on the train immediately before or after the booked time. For travel on Wednesday or Saturday, First Great Western are asking passengers to travel as close as possible to the original booked time. Full refunds will be available for customers who choose not to travel.

Season Tickets

First Great Western will make arrangements to compensate Season Ticket holders for the days impacted.

Seat Reservations

Please note that it is unlikely that First Great Western will be able to honour seat reservations on these days, but should you choose to alter your travel plans they can change the reservation without penalty.

 

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 07/07/2015 16:26

Diverted 23:20 Manchester Airport to York from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected

Between Manchester Airport and York

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Huddersfield and Dewsbury with all lines closed.

The 23:04 Manchester Airport to York will be diverted and not call at Dewsbury, a connecting bus will run from Huddersfield to Dewsbury.

Planning Your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Amended Northern Rail services from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected
Some Northern Rail routes.
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Northern Rail network with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

22:04 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, bus replaces train between Wilmslow and Crewe.

22:47 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly will not call at Stockport, a connecting bus will run from Chinley to Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

22:56 Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly will start from Stockport, a bus will run from Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly.

23:04 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge, bus replaces train between Stockport and Alderley Edge.

23:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton, bus replaces train between Stockport and Buxton.

23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly will start from Stockport, a bus will run from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly.

23:27 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street, bus replaces train between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, bus replaces train between Stockport and Crewe. 

Tuesday to Friday

00:44 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly, bus replaces train throughout.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Amended East Midlands Trains services from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected
Some East Midlands Trains routes.
Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the East Midlands Trains network with the following trains amended:

From Monday to Thursday, the 21:29 London St Pancras International to Derby, 22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham, 22:25 London St Pancras International to Sheffield services will run later than normal from Loughborough and beyond and the 23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby, runs later from Wellingborough and beyond.

From Tuesday to Friday, the 05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street starts at 05:09 then as the normal timetable from Chesterfield and beyond.

From Monday to Friday, the 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International service runs earlier than the normal timetable from Leicester to Wellingborough, regaining booked time from Bedford.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Amended First Great Western services from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected

Some First Great Western routes.

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the First Great Western network with the following trains amended.

Monday to Thursday

22:45 London Paddington to Swansea, will run later than the normal timetable to Bristol Parkway and beyond.

23:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport, bus replaces train between Reigate and Gatwick Airport.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Amended service between Wolverton and Northampton from 23:55 on Monday 6 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date07/07/2015
Route affected

London Midland between London Euston and Tring/Milton Keynes Central/Northampton/ Birmingham New Street.

Virgin Trains between Wolverhampton and London Euston.

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Train operator affected London Midland; Virgin Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Wolverton and Northampton with some lines closed.

London Midland

20:34 London Euston to Tring, 21:26 Tring to London Euston and 22:05 Milton Keynes Central to London Euston will not run,

20:54 Birmingham New Street to London Euston will terminate at Northampton.

After 22:30 trains from London Euston to Northampton will run between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central only - to special timetable at reduced frequency. Buses will run between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton.

Virgin Trains

22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston will not call at Northampton, a connecting bus will run from Rugby to Northampton.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Amended Southern services from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected
Some Southern routes.
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the Southern network with the following trains amended.

Monday to Thursday

22:03 Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour, bus replaces train between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour.

22:16 London Victoria to Bognor Regis will be diverted after Angmering and terminate at Littlehampton, a bus will run from Littlehampton to Bognor Regis calling at Ford, Barnham.

22:32 London Victoria to Chichester will be diverted after Arundel to Littlehampton, a bus will run from Littlehampton to Chichester calling at Ford and Barnham.

22:33 Brighton to Chichester will be diverted after Angmering to terminate at Littlehampton, a bus will run from Littlehampton to Chichester calling at Ford and Barnham.

23:04 (additional) Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton, calling at Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Havant, Chichester, Barnham, Ford.

23:12 Southampton to Barnham will terminate at Chichester, a bus will run from Chichester to Littlehampton calling at Barnham, Ford and Littlehampton.

23:15 Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton service, bus replaces train throughout.

23:35 Brighton to Seaford, bus replaces train between Lewes and Seaford.

23:52 Chichester to Littlehampton, bus replaces train throughout.

Tuesday to Friday

00:14 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport will not call at stations between Purley and Horley a bus at 00:50, a bus will run from Purley at 00:50 calling at Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill and Horley.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Amended South West Trains services from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected

Some South West Trains routes.

Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the South West Trains network with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday, 23:52 London Waterloo to Staines is replaced by a bus between Feltham and Staines.

Tuesday to Friday, 00:40 Woking to Alton is replaced by a bus between Farnham and Alton.

Planning Your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Amended Arriva Trains Wales services each night from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected
Some Arriva Trains Wales routes
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Arriva Trains Wales network. with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

20:17 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly is replaced by a bus between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

From 21:35 each night, buses replace trains between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Town.

21:38 Merthyr Tydfil to Bridgend is replaced by a bus between Barry and Bridgend.

22:35 Manchester Piccadilly to Shrewsbury is diverted between Stockport and Crewe and will not call at Wilmslow. a bus will run between Stockport and Crewe calling at Wilmslow.

Planning your Journey 

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey  

No trains between London Fenchurch Street and Barking from 20:30 Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July
Start date06/07/2015
End date10/07/2015
Route affected

All routes to and from London Fenchurch Street

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Train operator affected C2C Rail Limited
Description

Engineering work is taking place between London Fenchurch Street and Barking with all lines closed.

An amended service will run with trains diverted to/from London Liverpool Street and no trains calling at London Fenchurch Street, Limehouse, West Ham.

Ticket acceptance 

Passengers may use London Underground between Tower Hill and Barking and Docklands Light Railway between West Ham and Stratford.

Limehouse passengers can use Docklands Light Railway to/from Tower Gateway and also to/fromStratford via Poplar.

Planning your Journey

To get options for your journey on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Amended service from Colchester to Chelmsford after 20:30 each night from Sunday 5 to Wednesday 8 July
Start date05/07/2015
End date09/07/2015
Route affected

From Norwich/Ipswich/Harwich International/Clacton-on-Sea to London Liverpool Street

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

From 20:30 each night, engineering work is taking place in the direction Colchester to Chelmsford with lines closed.

Trains will run to a revised timetable with supplementary buses from Colchester to Chelmsford.

Planning your journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Amended service between Edinburgh and Inverness via Stirling from Saturday 13 June to Sunday 26 July
Start date13/06/2015
End date26/07/2015
Route affected
ScotRail between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street/Dunblane/Perth.
 
Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Inverness.
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Train operator affected East Coast Trains; First ScotRail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Edinburgh Park and Linlithgow with various line closures.

Virgin Trains East Coast services to / from Inverness will run via a diversionary route between Haymarket and Perth. A replacement coach service will be provided between Gleneagles and Inverkeithing on Saturday and on Monday to Friday connecting with ScotRail services to and from Edinburgh and Perth. On Sunday, a replacement coach service will be provided between Edinburgh, Falkirk Grahamston, Stirling, Gleneagles and Perth.  

ScotRail services on Saturday 13 June and every Sunday from 14 June to 26 July, between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High will run between Falkirk Grahamston and Glasgow Queen Street only, calling at Croy. Replacement bus services will operate between Edinburgh and Falkirk Grahamston and between Falkirk High and Falkirk Grahamston connecting into/out of train services at Grahamston station. 

Train services will run between Falkirk Grahamston and Stirling/Dunblane/Perth only. Replacement bus services will operate between Edinburgh and Falkirk Grahamston connecting into/out of services at Grahamston station. Passengers for Stirling, Dunblane or intermediate stations to Perth travelling from Edinburgh should use the direct express buses from Edinburgh or Haymarket to Falkirk Grahamston, as these offer faster journey opportunities.

ScotRail Monday to Friday travel information can be found here.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

Major improvement work between Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton until Monday 5 October
Start date02/05/2015
End date05/10/2015
Route affectedAll routes via Bolton
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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Over the next 5 years, Network Rail is investing over a billion pounds in the North West of England to deliver improved rail services; speeding up journeys, creating new rail links and improving stations.

As part of this investment Network Rail is electrifying one of the busiest routes in the area, the line between Manchester and Preston via Bolton. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2016

One of the biggest projects on the route is the reconstruction of Farnworth tunnel located between Manchester and Bolton. The existing tunnels are too small for the overhead lines, so one of the tunnels is to be reconstructed. Further information on the reconstruction can be found here

Work is underway, and is expected to be completed by Monday 5 October. As a result rail services are changing between Manchester and Preston via Bolton.

Timetables can be found here

Saturdays and Sundays

No trains will run between Salford Crescent and Preston via Bolton.

First TransPennine Express

All trains are diverted between Deansgate and Preston, calling additionally at Wigan North Western and will not call at Bolton.

Replacement buses are running between Preston and Manchester Airport calling at Chorley, Horwich Parkway, Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.

Northern Rail

Between Blackpool North and Manchester Victoria

Trains will run between Blackpool North and Preston.On Saturday replacement buses will run between Preston and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Preston and Manchester Victoria.

Between Preston and Hazel Grove

Until early evening Saturday, trains will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Preston and Salford Crescent.

Between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria

Trains will run between Clitheroe and Blackburn. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Blackburn and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Blackburn and Manchester Victoria.

Between Southport  and Manchester Airport (Saturday)

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Bolton.

Between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Westhoughton or Bolton. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Wigan Wallgate and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria calling at Westhoughton and Bolton.

Between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria

From 17 May, trains will run between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria via Todmorden.

Monday to Friday

First TransPennine Express

Morning Peak time services towards Manchester will operate via Chorley and Bolton.

Evening Peak time services from Manchester will operate via Bolton and Chorley.

At all other times services will be diverted to operate via Wigan North Western and not via Bolton.

Late evening and early morning services on this route are replaced by buses between Preston and Manchester

Northern Rail

On some routes where possible, trains will operate with additional carriages providing increased seats due to the reduced frequency of services.

No trains will call at Moses Gate, Farnworth, Kearsley or Clifton. Buses will operate between Bolton and Salford Crescent calling at  these stations
This is to allow as many trains as possible on the route between Bolton and Manchester.

Between Blackpool North and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate via the normal route calling at all stations.

Between Preston and Hazel Grove

Until early evening, a retimed service will operate via Chorley, Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.

Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria

A retimed sevice will run via Blackburn and Bolton.

Between Southport and Manchester Victoria / Manchester Airport(limited stops)

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Bolton.

Between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at  Bolton.

Between Kirkby and Bolton / Manchester Victoria

A train service will operate between Kirby and Bolton. For intermediate stations between Bolton and Salford Cresent passengers should use replacement buses.

Planning your journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018
Start date05/01/2015
End date31/01/2018
Route affected

All routes via London Bridge

Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

As part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

Travelling at the weekend

Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

On most weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

During periods of time when Charing Cross / Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For details full details visit http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/your-journey/engineering-work/. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

Longer term changes

Thameslink services which run through Central London will, not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

Southeastern services to and from London Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge until August 2016. As well as the impact to Southeastern and Thameslink services, Southern and South West Trains passengers will not be able to interchange onto Southeastern Charing Cross services at London Bridge.

For a full list of major service changes visit http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes/

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Alternative routes and travel advice

The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as follows:

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes.
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination
  • Look at the other options available at the London end of your journey, for example walking from your final station stop to get where you want to go. It's often quicker to walk between stations in and around London Bridge than many people think. The Thameslink Programme has produced walking maps to help you map out the options for you. You could also consider cycling or using the bus.
If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

The accepted routes are:

  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on Jubilee Line and on bus services (services 381 and RV1)
  • Between London Bridge and Charing cross on Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern Lines and on bus services (services RV1 and 15)
  • Between Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on District/Circle and on bus services (service 15)
  • Between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge on Northern Line and on bus services (service 35, 40, 133 & 343)
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge and on bus services (service 17 (Blackfriars North), 381 & RV1 (Blackfriars South)

Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant and Castle or Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here

Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to Charing Cross or Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo/Southwark. These recommended routes are shown here

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here

Buses replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Village until 5 September
Start date15/02/2014
End date05/09/2015
Route affected

Between Oxford and Bicester Village

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Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Chiltern Railways in partnership with Network Rail, are investing £130 million in building a new rail link between Oxford and London Marylebone.

This will include:

  • Laying almost a mile of new track between Bicester Village to just south of Bicester North to join the main line between Birmingham and London Marylebone
  • Renewal of existing track and signalling equipment 
  • A new station between Oxford and Islip called Oxford Parkway
 

    From September 2015 Chiltern Railways will introduce a new service between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway.

    From spring 2016 these services will begin to run from the centre of Oxford. 

    For further information please click here or here.

    To allow this improvement work to take place the line between Oxford and Bicester Village will be closed until September 2015, as a result buses will replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Village.

    Planning your Journey

    For full details of these changes and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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