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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.

Engineering work for:

All planned work

Last update: 30/07/2014 11:54

Major improvement works between Bolton and Preston from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date19/07/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

All routes through Chorley.

Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Over the next 5 years Network Rail is working with their partners to deliver over £1bn of investment, which will enable faster, more frequent services to run across the north of England. Part of this investment is to electrify the line between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston via Chorley.

In addition to tunnel work at Chorley, several road bridges in the Chorley area will be rebuilt and it is planned to reinstate the Grade II listed 'Chorley Flying Arches' which were removed in the summer of 2008.

As a result of this, the line between Chorley and Leyland will be closed from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 31 August 2014

Once work has been completed, this will enable quieter, cleaner electric trains to be introduced and an increase in passengers seats and faster journey times.

First TransPennine Express

Services between Manchester Piccadilly / Oxford Road and Blackpool North / Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere are diverted between Bolton and Preston and will not call at Horwich Parkway, Chorley and Buckshaw Parkway.

On Saturdays and Sundays, passengers should use Northern Rail replacement buses between Bolton and Preston

Midweek, buses will run between Bolton and Preston calling at Horwich Parkway and Chorley only. Passengers to / from Buckshaw Parkway should use Northern Rail replacement buses.

Northern Rail

On Saturdays and Sundays, buses replace trains between Bolton and Preston.

Midweek, buses replace trains between Chorley and Preston.

Planning your Journey

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Refurbishment of Selby Swing Bridge from Sunday 27 July until Sunday 7 September 2014
Start date27/07/2014
End date07/09/2014
Route affected

All routes through Selby.

Train operator affected East Coast Trains; First Hull Trains; First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Selby Swing Bridge was built in 1889 and carries the railway over the River Ouse.

Between Sunday 27 July and Sunday 07 September 2014, Network Rail will be carrying out refurbishment work on the bridge costing £8 million pounds. Once the work is completed the structure should be maintenance free for 25 years and will enable trains to run at the normal line speed, removing a long standing speed restriction.

During this period of time no trains will be able to run between Selby and Hull.

First TransPennine and Northern Rail services are replaced by buses between Selby and Hull.

East Coast services are diverted between Doncaster and Hull via Goole. Buses will run between Doncaster and Selby.

First Hull Trains services are diverted between Doncaster and Hull calling additionally at Goole. Buses will run between Selby and  Howden / Goole.

Planning your Journey

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Amended early morning East Midlands Trains services from Tuesday 29 July to Friday 01 August 2014
Start date29/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some East Midlands Trains routes.

Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

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

05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street will depart Nottingham at 05:09 and will depart Chesterfield at the right time.

06:47 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich will start from Warrington Central. Passengers should use alternative trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Warrington Central.

Planning your Journey  

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CANCELLED: Engineering work between Sydenham and West Croydon from 23:30 each night from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date31/07/2014
Route affected

Trains to / from West Croydon

Train operator affected London Overground
Description

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

Planning your Journey 

The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
Amended 23:18 Birmingham New Street to Hednesford from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date31/07/2014
Route affected

Trains between Birmingham New Street to Hednesford

Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Walsall and Hednesford closing the line.

23:18 Birmingham New Street to Hednesford is replaced by a bus between Walsall and Hednesford.

Planning your Journey 

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Amended overnight South West Trains services from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some South West Trains routes

Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

Between 20:00 and 05:00 each night, trains between London Waterloo and Salisbury / Exeter St Davids are diverted between Basingstoke and Salisbury via Southampton Central. Buses will run between Basingstoke and Salisbury calling at all stations via Andover.

23:05 London Waterloo to Poole is replaced by a bus between Southampton Central and Poole.

Tuesday to Thursday

00:40 Woking to Alton is replaced by a bus between Farnham and Alton. Journey times will be extended by at least 20 minutes.

Tuesday to Friday

00:05 London Waterloo to Bournemouth is replaced by a bus between Southampton Central and Bournemouth.

04:25 Guildford to London Waterloo will not stop at Woking. a bus will run between Guildford to Surbiton calling at Woking. Journey times will be extended by at least 30 minutes.

Planning your Journey

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Amended Southern services from 00:01 to 05:00 each day Monday 28 July to Friday 01 August 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some Southern routes

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

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

Monday

23:17 London Victoria to Worthing is diverted between Haywards Heath and Hove and will not call at Burgess Hill. A bus will run from Burgess Hill to Brighton to connect with the train. Journey times will be extended by up to 35 minutes.

23:54 (Sunday) London Victoria to Norwood Junction is replaced by a bus between Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction, extending journey time by up to 10 minutes.

Between 00:35 and 05:00, buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Brighton.

Monday to Thursday 

From 23:00 to 05:00 each night, buses replace trains between Selhurst / Norwood Junction and Epsom / Epsom Downs. Journey times will be extended by up to 35 minutes.

Tuesday to Friday

Between 01:20 and 05:00 each day, buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Brighton. 

Planning your Journey

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Amended First Capital Connect services each night from 23:00 to 05:00 Monday 27 to Thursday 30 July 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Trains between London Kings Cross and Cambridge.

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Train operator affected First Capital Connect
Description

Each night between 23:00 and 05:00, engineering work is taking place between Hitchin and Cambridge closing the line.

From approximately 23:00, buses replace trains between Hitch and Cambridge.

Monday to Thursday

22:44 London Kings Cross to Ely is extended to Kings Lynn.

23:14 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn will not run. passengers should use 23:23 London Kings Cross to Peterborough train and change at Hitchin for a bus connection to Kings Lynn.

22:35 London Kings Cross to Royston is extended to Cambridge.

22:26 / 23:26 London Kings Cross to Letchworth Garden City via Hertford North are replaced by buses between Hitchin and  Letchworth Garden City.

Tuesday to Friday

00:07 London Kings Cross to Letchworth Garden City via Hertford North are replaced by buses between Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City.

04:50 Letchworth Garden City to London Kings Cross via Hertford North will start from Hitchin. Passengers from Letchworth Garden City should use the 05:16 or 05:28 departures from Letchworth Garden City.

Planning your Journey

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Amended Northern Rail services from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some Northern Rail routes

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Engineering work is taking place on various parts of the Northern Rail network.

Monday to Thursday

22:02 Blackpool South to Colne, bus replaces train from Blackburn to Colne.

23:04 Wakefield Westgate to Knottingley, bus replaces train throughout.

23:13 Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria will not call at Bolton, passengers should uses connecting bus from Preston.

23:27 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street, bus replaces train throughout.

23:38 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly, bus replaces train throughout.

Tuesday to Friday

03:38 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport and 04:38 Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street, buses replaces trains throughout.

04:40 Preston to Colne will start from Blackburn.

04:52 Blackpool North to Colne will start from Blackburn, a bus will run from Preston to Colne calling (set down only at Blackburn). Passengers from Blackpool North should use the 04:47 First TransPennine Express service to Preston.  

Planning Your Journey  

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Amended First Great Western services from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
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

04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne, passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst.

Monday to Wednesday

23:53 Henley-on-Thames to Reading, terminates at Twyford with onward rail connection to Reading. 

The following trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow, passengers should use connecting buses via Slough:

21:36, 23:49 London Paddington to Reading.

21:57, 22:27 London Paddington to Oxford.

22:17, 22:48, 23:15 Reading to London Paddington.

Monday to Thursday

22:15 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central will be diverted and not call at Chippenham and Bath Spa, a connecting bus will run from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads calling at Chippenham and Bath Spa.

23:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Frome will depart earlier at 22:55.

23:20 (bus) runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Frome calling at all stations to Frome.

The following trains will not call at Pangbourne, passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst:

20:27, 20:57, 21:27, 21:57, 22:27, 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford.

21:21, 21:51, 22:51 Oxford to Reading.

23:45 Banbury to London Paddington.

Tuesday to Thursday

00:15 Reading to London Paddington and 00:34 London Paddington to Reading will not call at Burnham and Taplow, passengers should use connecting buses via Slough.

04:00 Oxford to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne, passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst.

Wednesday

23:36 Swindon to Gloucester will be diverted and not call at Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse, a bus will run from Swindon to Gloucester calling at Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse Post Office.

Friday

22:27, 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford and 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne, passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst.

23:15 Reading to London Paddington and 23:49 London Paddington to Reading will not call at Burnham and Taplow, passengers should use connecting buses via Slough. 

Planning your Journey

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Amended Southeastern services from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some Southeastern routes.

Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

23:52 London Victoria to Gillingham will not run. Passengers for stations to Gillingham, should travel on the
00:07 London Victoria to Ashford International service and change at Swanley arriving 00:37 for a connecting replacement bus service calling as follows: Swanley 00:44, Farningham Road 00:53, Longfield 01:02,
Meopham 01:12, Rochester 01:28, Chatham 01:35, arriving Gillingham 01:45. Passengers for Sole Street should join the above services and change at Meopham for a connecting mini bus service calling: Meopham 01:17, arriving Sole Street 01:23. Passengers at Sole Street for stations to Gillingham should join the provided mini bus service to Meopham calling: Sole Street 01:01, arriving Meopham 01:07, to connect with the 01:12
Meopham to Gillingham replacement bus service.

Tuesday and Wednesday

00:02 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Bexleyheath, will depart at 00:10, a connecting bus will run from Lewisham to Gillingham via Sidcup.

Tuesday to Friday

00:10 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup, will not run.

00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham, will be diverted and terminate at Swanley, a bus will run from London Victoria (00:40) to Gillingham calling at stations normally served by the train.

00:40 (additional) London Victoria to Gillingham, also calling at Rochester and Chatham. 

00:44, 01:14 (additional buses) Swanley to Gillingham, calling at all stations except Sole Street where connecting buses will run to / from Meopham.    

Planning your Journey

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Amended Arriva Trains Wales service from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July 2014
Start date28/07/2014
End date31/07/2014
Route affected

Some Arriva Trains Wales routes.

Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of Arriva Trains Wales routes with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

19:34 Cardiff Central to Holyhead will be diverted via Crewe, passengers for stations to Chester via Wrexham General should change at Shrewsbury for connecting alternative services.

21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted via Crewe and terminate at Chester, an additional train will run from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly.

21:42 Bridgend to Aberdare terminates at Cardiff Central, passengers should use alternative service to Pontypridd where bus replaces train from Pontypridd to Aberdare. 

22:28 Chester to Wolverhampton, bus replaces train from Chester and Wrexham General.

22:38 Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Central, bus replaces train from Pontypridd to Cardiff Central. 

22:45 Barry Island to Pontypridd, bus replaces train from Cardiff Central to Pontypridd.

22:55 Cardiff Central to Radyr, bus replaces train throughout.

23:14 Radyr to Barry Island, will start from Cardiff Central, a bus will run from Radyr to Barry Island (set down only after Cardiff Central) calling at stations normally served by the train. 

23:37 Shrewsbury to Chester will be diverted via Crewe, a bus will run from Shrewsbury to Chester calling at stations normally served by the train.  

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Peterborough and Lincoln Central from Saturday 26 July to Saturday 9 August 2014
Start date26/07/2014
End date09/08/2014
Route affected

Between Peterborough and Lincoln Central / Newark Northgate / Nottingham

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Peterborough and Lincoln Central with all lines closed.

Buses replace trains between Peterborough and Lincoln Central (no Sunday service).

Planning your Journey

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Amended East Midlands Trains services from Tuesday 29 July to Friday 1 August 2014
Start date29/07/2014
End date01/08/2014
Route affected

Some East Midlands Trains routes

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place over some parts of the East Midlands Trains network. The following trains are amended:

The 05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street service will be retimed to depart from Nottingham at the earlier time of 05:09 regaining booked time from Chesterfield.

The 06:47 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich service will start forward from Warrington Central at 07:15. Passengers should use earlier alternative services from Liverpool Lime Street to Warrington Central.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains to and from Redditch until Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date06/07/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between Redditch and Birmingham New Street / Lichfield Trent Valley.

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Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Redditch and Barnt Green closing the line.

On Mondays to Saturdays, buses replace trains between Redditch and Longbridge.

On Sundays, buses replace trains between Redditch and Barnt Green. 

For passengers travelling to and from Alvechurch station, the replacement bus pick up point is from the Alvechurch Red Lion Pub.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Town until Summer 2015
Start date15/02/2014
End date08/05/2015
Route affected

Trains between Oxford and Bicester Town

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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 Town 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 summer 2015 Chiltern Railways will introduce a new service between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway.

From spring 2016 these services will begin to run from the centre of Oxford. For further information please click here or here.

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

Planning your Journey

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

Overnight engineering work between West Ealing and Hanwell from 21:30 to 05:00 each night Monday to Thursday from 11 February 2013 to 05:00 Friday 26 December 2014
Start date10/02/2013
End date31/12/2014
Route affectedLondon Paddington, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington & Heathrow Airport T123 and London Paddington, Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway & Greenford / ReadingView Map
Train operator affected First Great Western; Heathrow Connect
Description

This engineering work is associated with the London Crossrail project. Further information regarding this can be found here.

As a result of this works the last trains to call at Hanwell are:

  • 21:03 London Paddington to Heathrow Airport T123
  • 21:27 Heathrow Airport T123 to London Paddington


Customers are advised to travel by train to and from Ealing Broadway and use bus services 427, 207, E8 or 83 as replacements for withdrawn train services. Customers travelling to Hanwell from Reading and Intermediate stations are advised to alight at Southall. Bus service 195 from the station front runs regularly between Southall High Street and Hanwell.

The last trains to call at West Ealing are:

  • 21:46 Greenford to London Paddington
  • 21:15 London Paddington to Greenford


Customers are advised to travel by train to and from Ealing Broadway and use bus services 427, 207, E8 or 83 as replacements for withdrawn train services.

The last trains to call at Acton Main Line are:

  • 21:42 London Paddington to Reading
  • 23:24 Heathrow Airport T5 to London Paddington


Customers are advised to travel to North Acton Underground station via Ealing Broadway on the Central Line and use bus 266 as a replacement for withdrawn train services.

Alternatively Customers travelling from London after 21:48 to Acton Main Line can also travel on the 21:57 and 23.00 Reading services to Ealing Broadway and take the 22:17 and 23:30 London Paddington services to Acton Mainline.

Tickets are valid for this alternative route for TfL Buses and London Underground.

Heathrow Express services are not affected by this engineering work.

Journey Planner

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To get options for your journey on the replacement buses, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

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