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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: 02/09/2015 00:37

There are currently no disruptions reported.
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Current Engineering Work

Last update: 02/09/2015 00:37

Amended Southern services from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September
Start date01/09/2015
End date04/09/2015
Route affected

Some Southern routes

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Southern network with the following trains amended:

Tuesday to Thursday

The 22:32 London Victoria to Chichester service will be diverted after Arundel to terminate at Littlehampton. A replacement bus will run from Littlehampton and Chichester.

The 23:12 Southampton Central to Barnham service is replaced by a bus between Chichester and Barnham.

The 23:15 Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton service is retimed to depart at the earlier time of 23:04.

Replacement buses will run from Chichester (depart 23:52) to Littlehampton and from Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton (depart 23:15).

Wednesday to Friday

Overnight services between London Victoria and Brighton / Worthing / Eastbourne are replaced by buses between Three Bridges and Brighton. A shuttle rail service will run between Brighton and Worthing / Eastbourne.

Planning Your Journey

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Amended First Great Western services from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date04/09/2015
Route affected

Some First Great Western routes

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

From approximately 22:00, buses will replace trains between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn.

Tuesday to Friday

The 03:52 Swansea to London Paddington service will be retimed to depart at the earlier time of 03:50.  

Planning your journey

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

Amended CrossCountry trains between Basingstoke and and Southampton Central on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September
Start date01/09/2015
End date02/09/2015
Route affected

Between Birmingham New Street and Southampton Central.

Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Basingstoke and Eastleigh closing the line.

19:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Southampton Central and 17:32 Newcastle to Southampton Central are diverted and will not call at Winchester or Southampton Airport Parkway. Buses will run between Basingstoke and Southampton Central calling at these stations.

Journey times will be extended by up to 45 minutes.

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 from Colchester to Chelmsford after 21:25 each night on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September
Start date01/09/2015
End date03/09/2015
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 21:35 each night, engineering work is taking place between Hatfield Peveral and Ingatestone closing some lines.

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 East Midlands Trains services from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date04/09/2015
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.

Monday

04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International is retimed to depart Leicester at 04:42.

18:00 London St Pancras International to Melton Mowbray will terminate at Corby.

Wednesday

The following services will call additionally at Rolleston:

11:37 Matlock to Newark Castle

12:30 Lincoln Central to Leicester

16:28 Leicester to Lincoln

Monday to Thursday

22:11 / 23:11 Kettering to Corby trains will not run.

22:43 Corby to Kettering will not run.

Monday to Friday

21:32 Nottingham to London St Pancras International is retimed to arrive in Nottingham at 23:41.

23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby will not call at Market Harborough or Nottingham . Buses will run between Kettering and Market Harborough and between Derby and Nottingham.

Tuesday to Thursday

22:22 Worksop to Nottingham will not call at Newstead, Hucknall or Bulwell. A bus will run between Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Nottingham calling at these stations.

Tuesday to Friday

00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester is retimed to arrive in Leicester at 03:00 and will not call at Market Harborough. A bus will run between Kettering and Market Harborough.

05:00 / 05:19 Derby to London St Pancras International are retimed to depart Derby at 04:21 / 04:35 respectively.

05:32 Nottingham to London St Pancras International is retimed to depart Nottingham at 05:26.

22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham is replaced by a bus between East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham.

Friday

22:25 London St Pancras International to Sheffield is retimed to arrive in Sheffield at 02:23 and will not call at Market Harborough. A bus will run between Kettering and Market Harborough.

23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby is retimed to arrive in Derby at 03:22.

Planning your Journey

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

 

COMPLETED: Major engineering works at London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street
Start date29/08/2015
End date02/09/2015
Route affected

Routes to and from London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street.

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering works London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street have now been completed and trains are now able to run normally.

Planning Your Journey

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

COMPLETED: Major engineering work between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield
Start date29/08/2015
End date02/09/2015
Route affected

Abellio Greater Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield / Southend Victoria / Clacton-on-Sea / Harwich / Ipswich / Norwich.

TfL Rail between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Trains are now able to run normally between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield following the completion of engineering works.

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 TransPennine Express services from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date04/09/2015
Route affected

Some First TransPennine Express routes

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the First TransPennine Express network with the following trains amended:

Monday

The 15:53 York to Manchester Piccadilly service will be extended to run to Manchester Airport.

The 18:26 Manchester Piccadilly to York sevice will be extended to start from Manchester Airport.

Monday to Thursday

The 23:30 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service will be replaced by a bus throughout.

Tuesday to Friday

The 03:37 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will be replaced by a bus 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 Northern Rail services from Monday 31 August until Thursday 3 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date03/09/2015
Route affected

Some Northern Rail routes

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

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

The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus throughout.

The 23:19 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by a bus throughout.

The 23:12 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel or Levenshulme. A bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations.

The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme or Handforth.  A bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, stopping to set down only from Wilmslow.

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 31 August until Friday 4 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date04/09/2015
Route affected

Some South West Trains routes

Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

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

Monday to Wednesday

After 22:45, trains will not run between Winchester and Basingstoke.

Some trains will call additionally at Guildford, Havant and Fareham.

Monday to Thursday

The 21:10 Weymouth to London Waterloo service will be replaced by a bus between Winchester and Basingstoke

Tuesday to Thursday

The 23:15 London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour service will be replaced by a bus between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour.

The 23:45 London Waterloo to Portsmouth & Southsea will be replaced by a bus between Havant and Portsmouth & Southsea.

Wednesday to Friday

The 00:30 Eastleigh to Portsmouth Harbour service will be replaced by a bus between Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour. This train will also be retimed to start later than usual on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 04:25 Guildford to London Waterloo service will not call at Woking. An earlier bus will run from Guildford to Surbiton, calling at Woking.

The 04:30 Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo service will be replaced by an earlier bus between Portsmouth Harbour and Havant.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended ScotRail services from Monday 31 August to Thursday 3 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date03/09/2015
Route affected

Some ScotRail routes

Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

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

The following trains will not call at Croy or Falkirk High and will call additionally at Falkirk Grahamston:

22:00, 22:30, 23:00 and 23:30 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

21:30, 22:20, 22:30, 23:00 and 23:30 Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street

Buses will run between Glasgow Queen St and Falkirk Grahamston calling at Croy and Falkirk High.

The following trains will not call at Bishopbriggs, Lenzie or Croy and will call additionally at Springburn, Stepps, Gartcosh, Greenfaulds and Cumbernauld:

21:48 Glasgow Queen Street to Dunblane

22:48 Glasgow Queen Street and Dundee

23:30 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

21:42 Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street

22:23 Stirling and Glasgow Queen Street

The following trains will be diverted via Cumbernauld with extended journey times:

19:47 and 20:42 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street

20:15 Inverness to Glasgow Queen Street

22:41 Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street

22:18 and 23:18 Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa

23:36 Glasgow Queen Street to Perth

23:48 Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling

Buses will run as required between Glasgow Queen St and Larbert / Stirling / Alloa / Perth / Dundee.

The 20:23, 20:53, 21:23, 21:53 and 22:23 Balloch to Cumbernauld services will run between Balloch and Springburn only.

The 21:46, 22:19 and 22:46 Cumbernauld to Balloch services will run between Springburn and Balloch only.

The 23:16 Cumbernauld to Garscadden services will run between Springburn and Garscadden only.

The 21:42 Milngavie to Cumbernauld service will be replaced by a bus between Motherwell and Cumbernauld.

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 from Witham to Shenfield after 21:30 each night from Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 2 September
Start date01/09/2015
End date02/09/2015
Route affected

Between Norwich / Ipswich / Clacton-on-Sea / Colchester Town / Braintree and London Liverpool Street.

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Hatfield Peverel and Ingatestone with some lines closed.

Trains will run to a revised timetable with supplementary buses operating from Witham to Shenfield.

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 from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
Start date31/08/2015
End date04/09/2015
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

The 19:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen service will be diverted and not call at Pontyclun, Llanharan or Pencoed. A bus service will run between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, calling at these stations.

The 19:34 Cardiff Central to Holyhead service will be diverted via Crewe, not calling at Gobowen, Chirk, Ruabon or Wrexham General. An additional service will run between Shrewsbury and Wrexham General at 21:50, this train will connect with a bus service to Chester.

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will terminate at Chester. This service will also be diverted via Crewe, not calling at Gobowen, Chirk, Ruabon or Wrexham General. An additional train will run between Shrewsbury and Wrexham General at 22:35 to connect with a bus service between Wrexham General and Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Chester and then to set down only at Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn East, Warrington Bank Quay, Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows. An additional train will run between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly at 23:22.

The 22:23 Crewe to Chester service will be retimed to leave Crewe at 22:40.

The 22:28 Chester to Wolverhampton service will be replaced by a bus between Chester and Wrexham General.

The 23:30 Crewe to Chester service will not run.

The 23:37 Shrewsbury to Chester service will be diverted via Crewe not calling at Gobowen, Chirk, Ruabon and Wrexham General. A bus will run between Shrewsbury and Chester, calling at these stations.

An additional service will run between Chester and Shrewsbury at 22:43.

Tuesday to Friday

The 00:22 Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury service will be retimed to leave Wolverhampton at 00:38.

Friday

The 06:18 Llandridod and Crewe service will be replaced by a bus between Llandrindod and Knighton.

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 via Blackburn and Bolton

Buses replace trains between 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 26 October
Start date15/02/2014
End date26/10/2015
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 26 October 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 October 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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