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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: 23/10/2019 22:22

Amended weekday Off-Peak timetable on some Southeastern routes until Friday 25 October
Incident created10/10/2019 11:33
Last updated22/10/2019 03:34
Route affected
Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

50 million leaves fall on to train tracks every autumn. When mixed with rain and squashed by train wheels, they form a slippery layer on the rails like black ice. On days or weeks when rails are most slippery, different timetables need to be introduced on some routes.

Drivers need more time to stop and start the trains as the wheels have less grip on the tracks. These timetable changes allow drivers the extra time they need to drive the trains safely.

Conditions are expected to be at their worst between Monday 21 - Friday 25 October. Southeastern will be running a revised midweek Off-Peak metro timetable on these days.

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Current Engineering Work

Last update: 23/10/2019 22:22

Buses replace evening trains between Cardiff Central and Bridgend from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Pontyclun overnight from Monday evening until Friday morning.

As a result, the 23:17 Cardiff Central to Bridgend service will be replaced by a bus.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Buses replace late night trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Warrington Bank Quay overnight, closing all lines from 23:10 until the end of service, Monday to Thursday.

After 23:10, trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester will be diverted to run on an alternative route, and will only call at Manchester Piccadilly and Chester.

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Warrington Bank Quay, calling at all booked stations except Manchester Oxford Road. 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night Chiltern Railways trains from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Engineering work is taking place late night between Wembley Stadium and High Wycombe. Lines will be closed at various locations and at various times from approximately 23:45 to 05:40. The work will finish at 05:40 Friday morning.

As a result of this, trains will run to an amended timetable from approximately 23.20. 

Late night trains between London Marylebone and stations to Banbury and Oxford via High Wycombe will be subject to alteration and cancellation.

Customers may have to use rail replacement buses for all or part of you journey.

Journey times will be longer than usual.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Witham and Colchester from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 October
Start date22/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Witham and Colchester overnight from Monday evening until Thursday morning, closing all lines.

As a result, the 00:18 and 00:46 London Liverpool Street to Colchester services (Tuesday to Thursday mornings), will terminate at Witham. Replacement buses will run between Witham and Colchester.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Alterations to late night & early morning Southeastern services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between late night / early morning at various locations on the Southeastern network, closing various lines.

Monday to Thursday

  • Buses will replace trains between Sittingbourne and Sheerness from 19:50 until the end of service

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • The 23:55 London St Pancras to Faversham service will be replaced by a bus between Ebbsfleet & Faversham

Tuesday to Thursday

  • After 23:55, buses replace trains between Lewisham and Dartford / Gravesend via Sidcup. The bus from Dartford towards Lewisham will be extended to London Bridge

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • The 23:40 Charing Cross to Ramsgate & Dover will not detach a portion at Ashford for stations to Ramsgate via Canterbury West. A replacement bus will run from Ashford to Ramsgate via Canterbury West.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

  • After 00:30, buses replace the trains between Faversham & Ramsgate. After 01:15 until the end of service, the buses will be extended to start from Sittingbourne to run between Sittingbourne and Ramsgate.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night Southern services through Watford Junction from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place late night / early morning between Watford Junction and Tring, closing some lines.

The 20:10 East Croydon to Milton Keynes Central service will terminate at Watford Junction. Customers should use London Northwestern Railway services between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central.

An additional Watford Junction to Clapham Junction service will run, departing Watford Junction at 21:27.

The 22:10 Milton Keynes Central to Clapham Junction service will not run.

The 23:36 Watford Junction to Clapham Junction service will depart Watford Junction 1 minute earlier than usual at 23:35.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended early morning Southern services through Crystal Palace from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 October
Start date22/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the early hours of the morning between Balham and Birkbeck / Norwood Junction / Crystal Palace / Tulse Hill, closing some lines.

The 00:01 London Bridge to Crystal Palace will terminate at Tulse Hill. A replacement bus will operate between Tulse Hill and Crystal Palace.

The 05:21 Norwood Junction to London Victoria will start from Streatham Hill. A replacement bus will operate between Norwood Junction and Streatham Hill.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night / early morning service between London Victoria and Worthing from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 October
Start date22/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the early hours of the morning between Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea, closing the line.

Tuesday to Thursday

The 23:16 London Victoria to Worthing will terminate at Brighton. A rail replacement bus service will operate between Brighton and Worthing.

Wednesday to Friday

The 00:02 London Victoria to Worthing will terminate at Brighton. A rail replacement bus service will operate between Brighton and Worthing.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended 22:06 / 22:36 London Victoria to Chichester services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Barnham and Southbourne, closing some lines.

The 22:06 and 22:36 London Victoria to Chichester services will terminate at Barnham. A replacement bus service will operate between Barnham and Chichester.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Lewes and Seaford / Eastbourne from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cooksbridge and Glynde / Lewes and Seaford from 23:45 until 04:20 each night from Monday evening until Friday morning.

Between these times, buses will replace trains between Lewes and Seaford / Eastbourne.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Epsom and Dorking from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Leatherhead and Warnham, finishing on Friday morning, closing all lines.

Buses replace trains between Epsom and Dorking.

Two additional trains will operate - The 22:53 Epsom to London Victoria and 23:45 Epsom to West Croydon.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night Gatwick Express service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date25/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Purley and Three Bridges, closing various lines.

As a result of the above works the following alterations will be implemented.

  • The 22:00 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport will not run.
  • The 22:53 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria will not run.

Customers may use Southern or Thameslink services between London and Gatwick Airport.

Journey times will be extended by up to 10 minutes between London Victoria and Brighton.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

CANCELLED Late night / early morning engineering work on Chiltern Railways routes from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Engineering work scheduled to take place between Princes Risborough and Bicester overnight from Monday evening until Friday morning has been cancelled, and will not take place.

Trains will run to normal timetables.

Check before you travel:

The Journey Planner has been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work. To find options for your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Amended overnight service between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 October
Start date23/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations between Exeter St Davids, Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth, closing 1 line.

Wednesday and Thursday

The 21:03 London Paddington to Plymouth will depart Ivybridge at 00:37 (Thu-Fri) and arrive into Plymouth at 01:00.

The 23:45 London Paddington to Penzance Night Riviera Sleeper service will arrive into Plymouth at 05:31 (Thu-Fri). 

Friday

The 21:03 London Paddington to Plymouth will depart Ivybridge at 00:46 (Sat) and arrive into Plymouth at 01:03.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. A replacement bus will operate from Bristol Temple Meads setting down only at Newport at 02:30, arriving into Cardiff Central at 03:00.

The 23:45 London Paddington to Penzance Night Riviera Sleeper service will arrive into Plymouth at 05:31. 

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night / early morning service between Newbury / Bedwyn and Reading from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Bedwyn and Reading, closing various lines.

Monday to Thursday

21:55 Newbury to Bedwyn will be replaced by earlier road transport at 21:50 from Newbury to Kintbury, Hungerford and Bedwyn. This bus also connects at Newbury out of 21:03 London Paddington to Plymouth.

Then after this time: Trains between London Paddington/Reading and Newbury/Bedwyn will not operate between Reading and Newbury/Bedwyn.

Road transport will operate between Reading and Newbury/Bedwyn.

Tuesday to Friday

00:06 Bedwyn to London Paddington will not run. Earlier bus at 23:35 (Mon-Thu) from Bedwyn to Hungerford, Kintbury, Newbury, Thatcham and Reading. Rail connection will operate from Reading to London Paddington.

00:18 Reading to Newbury will not run and will be replaced by road transport at 00:20 from Reading setting down only at all stations to Newbury.

04:31 Reading to Gatwick Airport will start from Guildford. Earlier road transport at 04:15 from Reading (fast) to Guildford to connect into the train, also a bus at 04:31 from Reading, Wokingham, Blackwater and North Camp to Guildford.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night / early morning East Midlands Railway service from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place at various places on the East Midlands Railway network, closing some lines overnight.

Monday to Thursday

  • The 22:20 London St Pancras International to Sheffield train will arrive later than booked into Sheffield.

Tuesday to Friday

  • The 00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester train will arrive into Leicester later than WTT.
  • The 04:52 Leicester to London St Pancras International departs Leicester early at 04:39.
  • The 05:02 Derby to London St Pancras International service now departs early 04:28.
  • The 05:19 Derby to London St Pancras International service now departs early at 04:53 and does not stop at Long Eaton. A Rail replacement bus runs from Derby.

Monday to Friday

  • The 20:50 Sheffield to London St Pancras International train runs to Leicester as planned and arrives later than planned into the Capital.
  • The 21:29 Nottingham to London St Pancras International will arrive into London later than planned.
  • The 21:50 London St Pancras International to Derby train will run later than planned into Derby.
  • The 22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham runs as booked to Bedford and arrive later than planned into Wellingborough and stations to Nottingham.
  • The 23:08 London St Pancras International to Derby train arrive later than planned into Derby at 02:52.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Dovey Junction and Aberystwyth, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Amended late night / early morning TransPennine Express services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
Start date21/10/2019
End date26/10/2019
Route affected
Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the TransPennine Express route, closing some lines.

Monday

  • The 00:45 Manchester Airport to York service will depart Manchester Piccadilly 9 minutes later than normal at 01:09.
  • The 02:42 Manchester Piccadilly to York service will depart Manchester Piccadilly 10 minutes later than normal at 02:52.

Monday to Thursday 

  • The 22:00 Newcastle to Manchester Airport service will not call at Manchester Victoria.
  • The 22:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly 11 minutes earlier than normal.
  • The 23:19 Manchester Airport to York service will not call at Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria. This train will depart Manchester Piccadilly later at 23:55 and Leeds later at 01:22.

Tuesday to Friday 

  • The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will depart Manchester Piccadilly 4 minutes later than normal at 00:57.
  • The 02:42 Manchester Piccadilly to York service will depart Manchester Piccadilly later at 02:57.
  • The 03:50 York to Manchester Airport service will not call at Manchester Victoria or Manchester Oxford Road.
  • The 04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will depart Manchester Piccadilly 10 minutes later than normal at 0446.
  • The 05:03 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will not call at Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria. This train will depart Manchester Piccadilly 5 minutes later than normal at 05:22.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

No trains between Reedham and Great Yarmouth until February 2020
Start date18/03/2019
End date28/02/2020
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Buckenham and Great Yarmouth, closing all lines via Berney Arms.

All trains which usually travel via Berney Arms will travel via Acle. Customers wishing to travel to / from Great Yarmouth are advised to travel on Greater Anglia train services via Brundall or Norwich.

Additional engineering work is taking place on some weekends, so if you are planning to travel, please check the future engineering work page for more information.

Please note, no trains or replacement road transport will call at Berney Arms.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.

Project Information:

Network Rail are replacing the old mechanical signalling equipment with modern technology using colour LED signals. They are also replacing manually operated switches with powered switches controlled by a remote computer based signalling system.

Track layout at several locations will also be improved to cater for increasing capacity and reliability demands of a modern railway.

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