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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: 20/10/2018 13:29

Disruption at Southampton Central until the end of service today
Incident created20/10/2018 08:41
Last updated20/10/2018 13:09
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western; Southwest Trains; Southern Rail
Description

Urgent repairs to the track between Southampton Central and St Denys means a reduced number of lines are available between these stations. Trains may be delayed by up to 20 minutes, cancelled or revised.

We anticipate disruption will continue until the end of service today.

Information for Great Western Railway customers:
Trains between Salisbury and Portsmouth Harbour will be diverted via Chandlers Ford where possible. These services will call at Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh additionally. If you are travelling to / from Southampton Central, please change at Eastleigh or Romsey. Ticket acceptance is in place with South Western Railway between Salisbury and Portsmouth & Southsea.

Information for South Western Railway customers:
Trains will be amended to not run between Southampton Central and Romsey via Eastleigh. Customers may use diverted Great Western Railway services via Chandlers Ford. Some South Western Railway trains (to and from Poole) will call additionally at St Denys and Swaythling.

Information for Southern customers:
- All services running between Southampton Central and Brighton will terminate at and start from Fareham instead of Southampton Central.

- All services running between London Victoria and Southampton Central via Horsham will run the whole way to Southampton Central.

If your service is terminated at Fareham, you will need to change at Fareham for an alternative Southern service, or for an alternative South Western Railway service, on which your tickets are being accepted until further notice.

Additional information:
Due to a track defect in Southampton tunnel, trains can only use one line through the area. In order to ease congestion, some trains will be amended. Work will be carried out overnight following the end of service to fix the fault.

For further information or onward travel advice, please speak to a member of staff or use a station help-point.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #SouthamptonCentral

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Industrial action to affect South Western Railway from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 October and Saturdays in November
Incident created11/10/2018 12:38
Last updated20/10/2018 08:20
Route affected
Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

The RMT trade union intends to hold strikes on the South Western Railway network. Industrial action may affect your journey from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 October inclusive, and on Saturdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November.

Details of how services will be affected will be published as soon as possible. Please check back nearer the time for updates.

South Western Railway have published a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding travel on the strike days, which is available here.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey for the Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 October strike days using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. Timetables and travel advice is also available here.

The Journey Planner is currently showing the normal planned service on the other strike days, and not the strike day timetable.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #SWRStrike

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Industrial action affecting Northern services today, and Saturdays until 10 November
Incident created09/08/2018 19:05
Last updated20/10/2018 08:15
Route affected
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Members of the RMT Union will undertake industrial action today and on consecutive Saturdays 27 October, 3 November and 10 November.

On some routes, Northern will not be able to run trains, while others have a limited service. Trains that do run are expected to be extremely busy. Northern will also have replacement bus services available on some routes where trains aren't running.

Questions regarding ticket usage for today may be found here

Check before you travel:
If you are travelling today, you can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

The changes for the other strike days are not currently shown in the Journey Planner. Please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #NorthernStrike

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Reduced Hull Trains service until at least the end of service on Friday 26 October
Incident created06/10/2018 11:57
Last updated20/10/2018 07:44
Route affected
Train operator affected First Hull Trains
Description

Hull Trains will be operating a reduced service until at least end of service on Friday 26 October, as urgent repairs are needed on some of their trains.

Alternative travel advice for the amended or cancelled services today can be found on the Hull Trains JourneyCheck page. Details of the contingency plans from Sunday 21 to Friday 26 October will be available at the start of each day. Travel advice is also available on the  Hull Trains website.

The following cancellations / amendments will be in place (subject to late notice change).     

Saturday 20 October:

  • 10:33 Hull - London Kings Cross - is cancelled throughout
  • 18:34 Hull - London Kings Cross - is cancelled throughout
  • 07:26 London Kings Cross - Hull - is cancelled throughout
  • 14:48 London Kings Cross - Hull - is cancelled throughout

    

Sunday 21 October:

  • 14:36 Hull - London Kings Cross - is cancelled throughout
  • 18:47 Hull - London Kings Cross - terminates at Doncaster
  • 10:48 London Kings Cross - Hull - is cancelled throughout
  • 17:47 London Kings Cross - Beverley - starts from Doncaster

 

Monday 22 to Friday 26 October:

  • 10:33 Hull - London Kings Cross - is cancelled throughout
  • 17:09 Hull - London Kings Cross - starts at Doncaster
  • 19:12 Hull - London Kings Cross - is cancelled throughout
  • 07:26 London Kings Cross - Hull - is cancelled throughout
  • 13:48 London Kings Cross - Hull - is cancelled throughout
  • 15:48 London Kings Cross - Hull - terminates at Doncaster

   

Travelling from Saturday 27 October onwards?

It is not yet known if Hull Trains will run a full service from Saturday 27 October onwards - please check back a little closer to the time of travel.

Alternative Travel Restrictions

Customers with 'Hull Trains Only' tickets valid on a partially or fully cancelled service may use these on the specified alternative services closest to the departure time of their booked service only.

Where alternative contingency arrangements are in place for a particular service, customers should adhere to these arrangements as tickets purchased for alternative trains services other than those specified will not be refunded.

Customers holding a ticket with a reservation for a cancelled 'Hull Trains Only' service from now until 26 October may use these tickets on any alternative Hull Trains service on the same date as that printed on your ticket.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey for today using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #HullTrains

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Disruption at Ayr until further notice
Incident created27/08/2018 21:35
Last updated19/10/2018 10:06
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

The exclusion zone at Ayr station remains in place, affecting trains running through the station.

South Ayrshire Council imposed this exclusion zone because the former hotel building next to the station has been deemed unsafe.

Disruption is expected to continue for as long as the exclusion zone remains in place.

Ayr station remains open and operational but the following alterations will apply until further notice:

Ayr and Glasgow Central
Trains to and from Ayr have to run with reduced capacity, as the platforms at Ayr station can only accommodate four-carriage trains. In order to provide the best possible service to customers along the route, a number of longer trains will run throughout the day, starting and terminating at Prestwick Town. Buses will run between Ayr and Prestwick Town to connect with these longer trains.

Ayr and Girvan / Stranraer
There will be no train services between Ayr and Girvan / Stranraer, and some services scheduled to run between Glasgow Central and Stranraer may terminate at / start back from Kilmarnock. Buses are in place between Ayr and Girvan / Stranraer to help with your journey.

Information for customers at Ayr station:
At Ayr, coaches will pick up and drop off in the large car park near to the entrance of Platform 4, which for an agreed period of time will be closed to public parking to allow for the safe movement of both passengers and rail replacement vehicles.

Whilst work is taking place at the station, there will be 12 fewer car parking spaces available.

You can see more information about changes to Ayr station here.

Please use the station help-points if you require any assistance.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey up to 48 hours in advance of travel using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. For journeys more than 48 hours away, the Journey Planner is not yet updated.

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

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #Ayr

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Disruption through Dalmuir
Incident created20/10/2018 09:29
Last updated20/10/2018 13:29
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

Trains are now running normally through Dalmuir following a fault with the signalling system at the station earlier today.

 

 

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 20/10/2018 13:29

No trains at Stirling from Sunday 14 to Sunday 21 October
Start date14/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected East Coast Trains; First ScotRail
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the Stirling area, closing all lines.

London North Eastern Railway

Trains will run via a diversionary route. Buses will replace trains between Edinburgh and Gleneagles.

ScotRail

Glasgow Queen St - Aberdeen services

Train services operate between Perth and Aberdeen, Buses replace trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Perth for intermediate stations in both directions.

Express bus also operates between Glasgow Queen St and Perth calling Stirling only

Glasgow Queen St - Inverness services

Train services operate between Perth and Inverness. Buses replace trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Perth in both directions.

Express bus also operates between Glasgow Queen St and Perth calling Stirling only

Edinburgh - Dunblane / Perth services

Train services from Edinburgh operate between Edinburgh and Larbert.

Buses replace trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Dunblane / Perth (note Falkirk Grahamston to Larbert is served by both train and bus)

Train services to Edinburgh start from Falkirk Grahamston

Buses replace trains between Perth / Dunblane and Falkirk Grahamston

Glasgow Queen St - Stirling/ Alloa services

Train services from Queen St operate between Glasgow Queen St and Falkirk Grahamston.

Buses replace trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Stirling.

Train services to Glasgow Queen St operate between Larbert (platform 2) and Queen St

Buses replace trains between Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston (allowing connection with services to Edinburgh. Customers for Glasgow Queen St should change at Larbert

Connecting shuttle bus also operates between Stirling and Alloa.

Sunday

Glasgow Queen St - Aberdeen services

Train services are diverted via Fife, Buses replace trains between Falkirk High and Dundee for intermediate stations in both directions. Please change buses at Falkirk Grahamston for stations via Stirling.

Glasgow Queen St - Inverness / Elgin services

The 11.11 service is diverted. The 1438 & 1811 services to Elgin, start Perth at normal times. Buses replace train between Falkirk High and Perth in both directions. Connecting bus service also operates from Queen St to Perth

Edinburgh - Dunblane / Perth services

Train services operate between Edinburgh and Falkirk Grahamston.

Buses replace trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Dunblane / Perth

Glasgow Queen St - Alloa services

Train services operate between Glasgow Queen St and Falkirk Grahamston.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Balham and West Croydon on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Balham and Beckenham Junction / Norwood Junction / Sydenham closing some lines.

Buses will replace trains between Balham and West Croydon via Crystal Palace all weekend.

Saturday

Trains between London Victoria and West Croydon via Crystal Palace will be cancelled.

Trains between London Victoria and London Bridge will divert via an alternative route and will instead run between East Croydon and London Bridge.

Trains between London Bridge and Beckenham Junction will be diverted via an alternative route and will instead run between London Bridge and Selhurst.

Trains between Milton Keynes Central and East Croydon will be revised and will run between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction.

Sunday

The following services will be cancelled throughout:

  • Trains between London Victoria and West Croydon via Crystal Palace
  • Trains between London Bridge and Crystal Palace via Sydenham
  • Trains between London Bridge and Crystal Palace via Tulse Hill

 

Ticket acceptance:

Customers who require either Birkbeck or Beckenham Junction on Saturday can use alternative Southern services to East Croydon, where you will be able to connect with Tramlink services to these stations.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace Merseyrail trains to / from Ormskirk from Saturday 20 October to Friday 9 November
Start date20/10/2018
End date09/11/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Mersyrail
Description

Engineering work, to upgrade platforms ready for the arrival of new Merseyrail trains, is taking place between Sandhills / Aintree and Ormskirk, closing all lines.

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October:

Buses will replace trains between Moorfields / Sandhills and Ormskirk:

  • Buses to / from Moorfields will not call at all stations to Ormskirk, and will make a limited number of stops.
  • Buses to / from Sandhills will call at all stations between Sandhills and Ormskirk.


Monday 29 October to Friday 9 November: 

Buses will replace trains between Aintree and Ormskirk, calling at all stations.

Check before you travel:

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

Bus timetables can also be viewed here.

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:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended TransPennine Express service between Middlesbrough and Northallerton from 22:10 on Saturday 20 until 13:00 on Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Middlesbrough and Northallerton and Middlesbrough, closing all lines via Yarm from 22:10 on Saturday until 13:00 on Sunday.

Saturday:

The 21:57 Middlesbrough to Leeds and 22:43 Middlesbrough to York services will be amended to start from Darlington. Replacement buses will run between Middlesbrough and Northallerton via Thornaby and Yarm to connect with these trains.

The 18:47 and 19:47 Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough services will be amended to terminate at Darlington. Replacement buses will run between Northallerton and Middlesbrough via Yarm and Thornaby.

Sunday:

Until 13:00, services between Manchester / York and Middlesbrough will run to an amended timetable, with services being diverted to run via Darlington. These services will not call at Yarm, but will additionally call at Eaglescliffe.

Customers to / from Yarm should use the nearby Eaglescliffe or Allens West stations for services towards Middlesbrough or Darlington / York.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary. 

Amended Gatwick Express service on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes closing the line.

All weekend Gatwick Express will operate a half hourly service, trains will only run between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. These trains will not run between Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

If you are travelling between London Victoria and Brighton please use Southern direct services which will be operating via an alternative route.

Additional information

On Sunday, no trains will run until 06:00. Customers should use alternative trains.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended London North Eastern Railway services from Wednesday 22 August until Saturday 8 December
Start date22/08/2018
End date08/12/2018
Route affected
Train operator affected East Coast Trains
Description

In order to improve reliability, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will run an amended timetable from Wednesday 22 August onwards.

A small number of services between London King's Cross and Leeds will be temporarily removed from the timetable from 13 August 2018 onwards. In addition, one service between Stirling and Edinburgh will also be temporarily cancelled from 27 August 2018.

The following amendments will apply:

Monday to Friday:

  • The 05:26 Stirling to London Kings Cross service will start from Edinburgh from Monday 27 August onwards.
  • The 09:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will not run.
  • The 11:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service will not run.
  • The 15:00 London Kings Cross to Stirling service will terminate at Edinburgh from Monday 27 August onwards.
  • The 15:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will not run.
  • The 17:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service will not run.

Saturday:

  • The 09:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will not run.
  • The 11:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service will not run.
  • The 15:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will not run.
  • The 17:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service will not run.

Sunday:

  • The 13:33 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will not run.
  • The 16:04 Newcastle to London Kings Cross service will be retimed at Doncaster.
  • The 17:16 Leeds to London Kings Cross service will not run.

The cancellations and amendments are due to operational changes which will help to improve overall reliability along LNER's East Coast route in the event of further network-led disruption.

Booked to travel on one of these trains?

If you're booked to travel on one of the affected trains, please travel on an earlier or later LNER train on the same day - your ticket will be valid.

If you'd like to reserve seats on your alternative choice of train, you can call the LNER Customer Solutions Centre on 03457 225 333.

If you can't travel on an alternative service, you can visit the LNER refund page to see how to make a claim.

Check before you travel:

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

Buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes closing the line.

Replacement buses will run between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes.

Additional information

Gatwick Express trains will only run between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. These trains will not run between Gatwick Airport and Brighton. If you are travelling between London Victoria and Brighton please use Southern direct services which will be operating via an alternative route.

Southern

Customers travelling direct between London Victoria and Brighton are advised to use direct trains between London Victoria and Brighton via and calling at Horsham, Littlehampton, Angmering, Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Hove. Journey times will be around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Trains between London Victoria and Ore will only run between Brighton and Ore calling additionally at London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb and Falmer.

Trains between London Victoria and Portsmouth Harbour / Bognor Regis will now divide at Barham and will call additionally at Christs Hospital, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Amberley, Arundel and Ford.

Trains between London Victoria and Southampton Central will call additionally at Billingshurst, Pulborough and Arundel.

Thameslink customers should use Southern replacement buses between Three Bridges and Brighton.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

Buses replace trains between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh / Tain from 20:00 on Saturday 20 and all day Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

Track work is taking place between Inverness and Garve and Inverness and Muir of Ord, closing all lines from 20:00 on Saturday and all day on Sunday.

Kyle of Lochalsh Services
Buses replace trains between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness.

Wick/Thurso Services
Buses replace trains between Invergordon and Inverness.

Tain Services
Buses replace trains between Tain and Inverness.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Dalmuir and Balloch / Helensburgh Central / Crianlarich on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

Structures work is taking place between Dalmuir and Balloch / Helensburgh, closing all lines.

All weekend buses will be replacing trains between Dalmuir and Balloch / Helensburgh Central / Crianlarich.

West Highland Services

Buses are replacing trains between Glasgow Queen Street and Crianlarich / Dalmuir.  Trains will operate between Crianlarich and Mallaig / Fort William / Oban only.

Saturday

Balloch to Airdrie services

Buses replace trains half hourly between Dalmuir and Balloch, calling additionally at Kilpatrick and Bowling in both directions.

Dumbarton Central to Cumbernauld services

Trains run between Cumbernauld and Garscadden only.

Passengers wishing to travel to stations between Dumbarton Central and Garscadden should change trains at Partick.

Edinburgh / Bathgate / Airdrie to Helensburgh

Buses replace trains half hourly between Dalmuir and Helensburgh.

Trains will call additionally at Jordanhill, Scotstounhill , Garscadden, Yoker, Clydebank in both directions until early evening. After this, trains run via Singer calling all stations between Edinburgh and Dalmuir as normal.

Sunday

Edinburgh / Bathgate / Airdrie to Helensburgh

Buses replace trains between Dalmuir to Helensburgh

Larkhall / Motherwell / Yoker to Balloch

Buses replace trains between Dalmuir and Balloch

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Beccles and Lowestoft on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Beccles and Lowestoft, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Beccles and Lowestoft, calling at all booked stations.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see 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.

Buses replace trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft from Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date28/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and between Norwich and Lowestoft, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and also between Norwich and Lowestoft.

There will be no train or replacement bus service via Berney Arms.

Additional information:

Customers at Buckenham (Sunday only), Berney Arms, Haddiscoe and Somerleyton should use the station help-points to arrange onward travel.

On Saturday, buses at Lingwood will pick up / drop off on Post Office Road.

From Monday to Thursday, buses will not call at Brundall Gardens due to emergency roadworks. Please use Brundall as an alternative.

From Monday to Thursday, buses at Brundall will pick up / drop off on Blofield Road.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see 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.

CANCELLED: Engineering work between Norwich and Sheringham via Cromer on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

The engineering work scheduled to take place between between Norwich and Sheringham has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route.

Check before you travel:

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

No trains via Lea Bridge and Tottenham Hale on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia; Stansted Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Stratford and Cheshunt, closing all lines.

As a result, trains that normally run via Tottenham Hale will be diverted to run via Seven Sisters. A map to show walking routes between these stations can be found here.

On Sunday until 18:00, trains that run between Stratford and Hertford East will be diverted to run between London Liverpool Street and Hertford East.

Customers travelling to / from Lea Bridge should use London Buses between Lea Bridge and Stratford or Hackney Downs.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London 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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

Network Rail are building an additional track between Stratford and Angel Road which will reduce congestion for passengers, increase the number of trains per hour and support regeneration across the Upper Lee Valley area.

This project is part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30 per cent.

Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Southminster / Southend Victoria on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Shenfield and Southminster / Southend Victoria, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Southminster, and also between Shenfield and Southend Victoria.

Ticket acceptance:

Season tickets valid for 1 month or longer from stations on the Southend Victoria line will be accepted on c2c services between Southend Central and London.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction, closing 2 out of 4 tracks.

Great Western Railway services will run a few minutes earlier than usual from Swansea / Cardiff Central towards Newport. Trains towards Cardiff Central will run a few minutes later than usual from Newport.

Additionally, the 19:00 London Paddington to Swansea service is cancelled.

Please note, Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry trains are not expected to be affected by this engineering work.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service at Salisbury on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
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Train operator affected First Great Western; Southwest Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations in the Salisbury area, closing some lines.

Great Western Railway:

On Saturday, buses will replace trains between Warminster and Salisbury, taking approximately 50 minutes.

On Sunday, buses will replace trains between Warminster and Southampton Central. Journey times will be increased by up to 70 minutes.

There will also be some cancellations to services and some trains may also terminate at Westbury / Portsmouth Harbour. Certain trains will call at Dilton Marsh upon request.

If you are travelling to Romsey, please use South Western Railway services. Tickets will also be accepted on Southern between Portsmouth and Brighton.

South Western Railway:

On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Warminster and Salisbury, and also between Salisbury and Romsey. If you are travelling between Bristol Temple Meads and Warminster, you may use Great Western Railway trains.

On Sunday until 16:00 only, buses will also replace trains between Gillingham and Andover.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Reading and Basingstoke from 22:30 on Saturday 20 until 19:10 on Sunday 21 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date22/10/2018
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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Reading and Basingstoke, closing all lines from 22:30 on Saturday until 19:10 on Sunday.

CrossCountry:

On Sunday, services will be diverted between Reading and Southampton Central, not calling at Basingstoke, Winchester or Southampton Airport Parkway. Journey times will be extended by 1 hour. Replacement buses will run between Reading and Basingstoke, with connecting alternative rail services running between Basingstoke and Winchester.

Great Western Railway:

From 22:30 on Saturday until 19:10 on Sunday, no trains will run between Reading and Basingstoke. Replacement buses will operate between Reading and Basingstoke, calling at all booked stations.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended evening services between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway on Saturday 20 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date21/10/2018
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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Maidenhead and Didcot Parkway, closing some lines after 23:45.

As a result, the 23:20 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will run in two parts - from London Paddington to Reading, then from Reading to Didcot Parkway.

The 22:56 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will run in two parts - from Didcot Parkway to Reading, and from Reading to Didcot Parkway.

Customers using these services will have to change trains at Reading station.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace early morning trains to / from Burnham and Taplow on Saturday 20 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date21/10/2018
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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Langley and Maidenhead, closing some lines.

The 00:34 London Paddington to Reading and the 05:25 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway services will not call at Burnham or Taplow.

Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham / Taplow to connect with these trains.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Shrewsbury and Knighton / Newport, and amended services at Hereford from Saturday 20 until 06:00 on Monday 22 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date23/10/2018
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Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales; First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Shrewsbury and Knighton, and also between Shrewsbury and Newport, closing all lines.

Great Western Railway:

Services running to / from Hereford will also be affected by this engineering work.

An amended timetable will be in operation between Worcester Foregate Street and Hereford, with some services between London Paddington and Great Malvern / Hereford starting / terminating at alternative stations. These trains may leave earlier or later than usual. Customers should connect with these services using alternative rail services.

Transport for Wales:

Saturday and Sunday:

Replacement buses will run between Shrewsbury and Knighton, and also between Shrewsbury and Newport.

Sunday only:

Replacement buses will run between Shrewsbury and Welshpool.

Monday:

On Monday morning, the 04:49 Shrewsbury to Llandrindod service will start from Knighton at 05:40. A replacement bus will run between Shrewsbury and Knighton.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains in the Bradford Interchange area from Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October
Start date20/10/2018
End date23/10/2018
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Train operator affected Grand Central; Northernrail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Bradford Interchange and Brighouse, closing all lines on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Grand Central:

Services between Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross will run between Wakefield Kirkgate and London Kings Cross.

Replacement buses will run between Bradford Interchange and Wakefield Kirkgate, calling at Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse and Mirfield.

Northern:

Amended timetables will be in operation between York and Leeds, and between Accrington and Preston / Blackpool North and Todmorden and Manchester Victoria / Southport. 

Buses will replace trains between:

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Leeds to Todmorden via Bradford Interchange.
  • Leeds to Accrington via Bradford Interchange.
  • Leeds to Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange.

Monday:
  • Leeds to Bradford Interchange.
  • Leeds to Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange.
  • Brighouse to Todmorden.
  • Bradford Interchange to Todmorden via Bradford Forster Square.
  • Bradford Interchange to Accrington via Bradford Forster Square.


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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary. 

Engineering work taking place on various WEEKDAYS and most WEEKENDS between Reading and Newbury in 2018
Start date18/07/2018
End date31/12/2018
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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place to electrify the lines between Newbury and Reading, in connection with the Great Western Route Modernisation major project.

Work will be taking place on various weekdays and most weekends up until the end of 2018.

How will this affect my journey?

Trains between Newbury and Reading will not run. An amended train service will run between Theale and Reading to help maintain connections.

Buses will be provided between the following stations:

  • Newbury / Thatcham and Reading (peak times only)
  • Newbury and Didcot Parkway (peak times only, change for connecting trains)
  • Newbury and Theale
  • Newbury and Bedwyn
  • Bedwyn and Reading (peak times only)
  • Bedwyn and Theale
  • Pewsey and Swindon (for connecting trains)
  • Pewsey and Westbury

To keep daytime work to a minimum, Network Rail will sometimes work during the night, especially at weekends. If you travel after 21:00 on weekends, and before 11:00 on Sundays, we strongly recommend checking your journey before you travel.

As long-distance High Speed Trains will be diverted via Swindon and Melksham, local stopping services between Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, and Trowbridge will be changed whenever the work at Newbury is taking place.

On Weekdays where the line is closed at Newbury, buses will be provided to run between Chippenham and Westbury in place of some trains. On Weekends, trains will continue to run but may depart at different times.

Ticket acceptance:

To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on alternative bus routes in both directions; these include:

  • JetBlack 1 between Newbury, Thatcham and Reading
  • Kennections 102 between Newbury and Thatcham
  • Thamesdown R20 / X22 between Marlborough and Hungerford
  • Salisbury Reds Activ8 between Amesbury / Tidworth and Andover / Salisbury
  • Salisbury Reds X5 between Salisbury, Pewsey and Swindon
  • Salisbury Reds 2 between Devises and Salisbury
  • Stagecoach 80 between Ludgershall, Tidworth and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 55 between Calne and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 49 between Trowbridge, Devises and Swindon
  • Thamesdown 46/46A/48/48A between Marlborough and Swindon

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling before Friday 16 November, 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

Accessibility:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Great Western Railway use a mix of low-floor buses and non-accessible coaches to run replacement services. If you are not able to travel on one of the buses, Great Western Railway will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

It's best to let the train operator know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit Great Western Railway's Assisted Travel webpage. 

Project Information:

The Great Western Route Modernisation project is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 150 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford. This project is also part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.

Amended weekend service between Ipswich and Felixstowe until Autumn 2019
Start date26/05/2018
End date29/09/2019
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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Major engineering work is taking place between Ipswich and Felixstowe, until Autumn 2019.

Most weekends, from 18:50 on Saturday, and all day on Sunday, trains will be cancelled. A replacement bus service will operate between Ipswich and Felixstowe, calling at all stations.

There will also be replacement buses running on bank holiday weekends.

Christmas and New Year:

During the Christmas period, replacement buses will run from 18:50 on Saturday 22 December, and all day on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December.

No service will run on Tuesday 25 or Wednesday 26 December.

On Thursday 27 December, replacement buses will run all day.

After this, replacement buses will run as usual on Saturday and Sunday dates.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

The Felixstowe branch line serves the Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the UK. Network Rail are planning to build an additional track and make changes to six level crossings in the Trimley area.

Building the additional track will help increase the capacity of the Felixstowe branch line and take lorries off the road. It will also mean more reliable journeys for passengers traveling between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

EVERY WEEKEND buses replace Northern trains between Manchester and Preston / Wigan Wallgate via Salford Crescent until Sunday 4 November
Start date17/02/2018
End date04/11/2018
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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Major engineering work is taking place in the Salford Crescent area as part of the Great North Rail Project, closing all lines every weekend until Sunday 4 November 2018.

To allow engineers to access the railway, the routes between Manchester and Wigan Wallgate (via Salford Crescent and Atherton) and Manchester and Preston (via Salford Crescent and Bolton) will be closed every weekend with trains replaced by road transport.

Direct trains between Preston and Manchester will continue to operate via an alternative route.

Buses will run between:

  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate via Bolton / Atherton
  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton
  • Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton

 

Please note, on Saturdays, a significantly reduced Northern service running due to industrial action.

Network Rail are currently working to finalise full details at which time amended timetables will be made available. We are very sorry for the short notice changes to timetables on these routes.

Check before you travel:

You can check 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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

Continuing every weekend for the foreseeable future, Network Rail engineers will be working to complete the upgrade of the 25-mile stretch of track between Manchester and Preston via Salford Crescent to support the introduction of better trains.

The project was due to complete back in December 2017, but old mine workings, running sand and varying layers of rock have significantly hampered the installation of hundreds of steel columns needed to carry the power cables for the introduction of electric trains. New engineering solutions have been required to resolve the problems which has included using steel cylinders and filling them with concrete to deal with poor ground conditions.

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