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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: 25/08/2019 16:32

Disruption to Southern services between Southampton Central and Fareham expected until 17:00
Incident created25/08/2019 16:24
Last updated25/08/2019 16:32
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

A fault with the signalling system between Southampton Central and Fareham is resulting in disruption to trains running between these stations.

Trains running between these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 17:00.

Customer Advice

Please allow extra time to complete your journey. Services to and from Southampton Central may be delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Please check your journey prior to travelling and continue to monitor customer information screens for service amendments.

How is this currently affecting the train service?

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed in the St Denys area.

Can you tell me more about the incident?

Southern have been advised of a fault with the signalling system near St Denys .The fault is also impacting on the use of the level crossing barriers in the area.Whilst this issue is ongoing, train crew will stop at the affected signals and contact the signalling centre to confirm their location, which at this point the signaller will verbally authorise the driver to continue towards the next signal. This adds time to train times which pass through.

Network Rail engineers are on site and working to get this fixed as quickly and safely as possible.

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 #Fareham

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.

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No trains between Ipswich and Felixstowe until 17:00
Incident created25/08/2019 15:22
Last updated25/08/2019 16:05
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Trains are currently unable to run between Ipswich and Felixstowe due to a fault on a train between these stations.

This is expected until 17:00.

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 #Felixstowe

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.

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Reduced service between Ipswich and Cambridge expected until 17:30
Incident created25/08/2019 15:44
Last updated25/08/2019 15:54
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

A reduced service is running between Ipswich and Cambridge due to a fault on a train between these stations.

This is expected until 17:30.

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 #Cambridge

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.

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Industrial action affecting CrossCountry services today
Incident created17/08/2019 18:39
Last updated25/08/2019 14:06
Route affected
Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains
Description

The RMT are carrying out industrial action today. CrossCountry are running a significantly reduced service on many routes.

The industrial action coincides with extensive planned engineering works by Network Rail, which will significantly reduce the overall number of trains operating on large parts of the network. Given the very limited level of service available on the East Coast lines, customers wishing to travel between Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland are asked not to travel and to use your ticket to travel on a CrossCountry service on another date.

Seat reservations have been suspended for today.

Alternative travel information:
If you have purchased a ticket for today marked 'XC ONLY', 'CROSS CNTRY ONLY' or 'ANY PERMITTED' and your journey is entirely with CrossCountry this will be valid to travel on an alternative CrossCountry service on Monday 26 August and Tuesday 27 August.

Customers may also use their tickets with the following operators via any reasonable route today;

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • Northern
  • ScotRail
  • South Western Railway (excluding London - Exeter services)
  • West Midlands Railway

 

Customers can also us the following operator's services today, subject to restrictions.

East Midlands Railway:

Only those tickets that have already been booked will be permitted for travel on East Midlands Railway services.

LNER:

The following restrictions apply for customers wishing to travel on an LNER service with tickets marked 'XC ONLY' or 'CROSS CNTRY ONLY':

  • Travel on LNER services is allowed only between Edinburgh and Doncaster (and intermediate calling points)
  • LNER services to / from Aberdeen or Inverness should not be used
  • Customers should only use LNER services if their booked CrossCountry service is unavailable.

 

Transport for Wales:

  • Customers travelling between the South West and Manchester may travel via Cardiff on Transport for Wales Cardiff to Manchester services. Please note that planned engineering today will result in no direct train services between Bristol and Cardiff. Rail replacement buses are in operation
  • Services between Cardiff and Cheltenham (Holders of advance tickets booked to travel today, may also travel on this route on Monday 26 August)
  • Services between Birmingham and Shrewsbury
  • Services between Crewe and Manchester

 

Customers no longer wishing to travel:

If you no longer wish to travel, you should contact your original ticket retailer to organise a refund.

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner. Strike timetables for today are also available here.

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

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.

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Reduced Great Western Railway service today
Incident created25/08/2019 00:49
Last updated25/08/2019 13:16
Route affected
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

A shortage of train crew means that a reduced Great Western Railway service will be in operation on various routes today. The following services will be affected: 

Liskeard - Looe

There will be no services on the branch line between Liskeard and Looe after 15:00. Buses will replace all cancelled services. (Journey time by bus approximately 30 minutes)

London Paddington - Bedwyn 

Services between London Paddington and Bedwyn will run between Reading and Bedwyn only. Customers travelling on this route may use alternative Great Western Railway services between London Paddington and Reading to help you connect with your intended train service.

London Paddington - Cheltenham Spa

High Speed services between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa are suspended.

Local stopping services between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa will continue to run as normal, and replacement buses will be used to enhance the service between these stations.

Customers travelling between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa may travel between London Paddington and Swindon using alternative Great Western Railway services.

London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads / Weston-super-Mare

A reduced service will run between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Weston-super-Mare. Train services between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will run on an approximately hourly basis.

Great Western Railway are using rail replacement buses to help supplement the train service where required.

London Paddington - Taunton / Paignton / Penzance

A reduced service will run between London Paddington and Taunton / Paignton / Penzance.

CrossCountry are also running a reduced service due to strike action taking place. As such, train services between Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance will be busier than normal.

More information regarding the industrial action affecting CrossCountry services can be found here.

Other affected services:

The following service amendments are also in place:

  • 17:45 London Paddington to Swansea is cancelled
  • 19:03 Carmarthen to London Paddington will run between Carmarthen and Swindon only
  • 13:49 London Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street will run between London Paddington and Worcester Shrub Hill only
  • 16:27 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington is cancelled
  • 18:49 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill is cancelled
  • 18:38 Hereford to London Paddington is cancelled

Customer Advice:
If you have a ticket for a train that is cancelled, you may travel on the train before or the train after the cancelled train service.

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

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

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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Amended Northern service in North West England today
Incident created24/08/2019 21:36
Last updated25/08/2019 13:09
Route affected
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

There are a number of planned cancellations taking place in the North West of England today, affecting Northern services. The following routes are currently affected:

Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria:
Customers are advised to use other train services between Blackpool North and Manchester. In addition, rail replacement buses are running between Blackpool North and Layton, and between Preston and Bolton.

Wigan North Western - Stalybridge:
Buses are operating between Wigan North Western and Bolton via Westhoughton, and also between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Lancaster - Morecambe:
Buses are replacing trains on this route.

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 #NorthernAlterations

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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Major Engineering Work during the August Bank Holiday Weekend
Incident created21/08/2019 04:52
Last updated25/08/2019 07:33
Route affected
Train operator affected East Coast Trains; East Midlands Trains; First Hull Trains; Grand Central; Virgin Trains
Description

Bank holiday weekends are a time when, traditionally, a considerable amount of improvement and engineering work is undertaken on Britain's rail network.

Network Rail will be carrying out improvement and essential engineering work on parts of the railway network over the August Bank Holiday. Whilst trains on most routes will run as normal, trains on some routes may be revised or not run.

The following major engineering projects are in progress:


Customers travelling to / from London Kings Cross are advised NOT TO TRAVEL today. As a reduced service is in place on Bank Holiday Monday, trains are expected to be extremely busy. You are advised to travel instead on Tuesday 27 August.

Customers travelling to / from London Euston are advised that services are expected to be busier than normal. This is due to the reduced capacity of trains running through Milton Keynes, a number of events taking place on the route and also due to the engineering work on other routes increasing the number of customers using the West Coast Main Line.

There will also be improvement projects at numerous other locations. You can find details of all the engineering work that is taking place here.

Industrial Action:

CrossCountry are running a significantly reduced service on many routes, due to industrial action that is taking place today.

Why do Network Rail undertake major improvement work on Bank Holidays?

The railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over Bank Holidays, so doing work at this time of year minimises the impact on customers.

You can find more information on the work Network Rail will be doing by following this link.

You can also find a collection of images of the improvement work taking place.

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 #AugustBHWorks

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 Friday 30 August until Monday 2 September
Incident created16/08/2019 18:47
Last updated23/08/2019 08:55
Route affected
Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

The RMT union have announced that they intend to carry out industrial action which will affect South Western Railway services from Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September inclusive.

South Western Railway will do everything they can to keep customers moving during the strike action.

Details of the service that South Western Railway currently expect to run on most of the strike dates are now available via the links below:

 

The service that will operate on  Sunday 1 September is being planned and details will be published here when available.

Check before you travel:
The normal timetable is showing in the Journey Planner for all the strike dates, and not the reduced strike service. Please check back nearer to the affected dates.

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 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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National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 25/08/2019 16:32

Buses replace trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe until 12:20 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Shrewsbury and Crewe until 12:20, closing the line.

Buses replace trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe.

Check before you travel:

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

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

Buses replace trains between Polegate and Hastings / Ore before 08:35 and after 22:30 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Polegate and Hastings on Sunday morning until 08:35, and on Sunday evening from 22:30 onwards, closing all lines.

Before 08:35 and after 22:30, buses will replace trains between Polegate and Hastings / Ore.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Lewes and Seaford on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Southease and Seaford, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Lewes and Seaford.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains before 08:45 between Southampton Central / Portsmouth Harbour and Barnham on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Havant and Barnham before 08:45, closing all lines.

As a result, buses will replace trains between Southampton Central / Portsmouth Harbour and Barnham before 08:45.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Redhill and Tonbridge on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Redhill and Tonbridge, closing all lines.

As a result, buses will replace trains between Redhill and Tonbridge.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

No London Overground service between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction until 11:00 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction, closing some lines.

Until 11:00, no trains will run between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction. Customers should use London Buses to complete their journey.

The first trains to run will be the 11:02 Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction and the 11:29 Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction.

Check before you travel:

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

For journeys between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction, you can plan your journey by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Buses replace trains between Willesden Junction and Camden Road on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Willesden Junction and Camden Road, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Willesden Junction and Camden Road and also between Gospel Oak and Barking on both Sunday and Monday.

An amended service will run between the following stations:

  • Willesden Junction and Richmond
  • Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction
  • Stratford and Camden Road

A further amended Saturday service will operate on Bank Holiday Monday.

Ticket acceptance:

Valid tickets can be used on London Buses between South Tottenham and Walthamstow Central or London Underground services between Finsbury Park and Walthamstow Central.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Buses / Underground 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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Amended morning trains from Norwich to Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Norwich and Brundall closing 1 out of 2 lines.

The 07:25 Norwich to Lowestoft and the 07:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth will not run.

Customers should contact station staff to arrange alternative transport.

Check before you travel:

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

Amended late night trains between Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze / Clacton-on-Sea on each night from Saturday 24 to Wednesday 28 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date29/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Thorpe-le-Soken and Walton-on-the-Naze, closing the line.

The 22:56 Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze is diverted to run to Clacton-on-Sea. Customers should change at Thorpe-le-Soken for replacement bus for stations to Walton-on-the-Naze.

The 23:18 London Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea is replaced by a bus between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Southend Victoria / Southminster from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Overhead electric wire renewal work is taking place between Shenfield and Southend Victoria / Southminster, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Southend Victoria and between Wickford and Southminster.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Project Information:

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail are replacing the overhead wiring system on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment. The wiring system currently in place along the route was installed in the 1950s and needs replacing to prevent frequent failures that cause delays, in order to improve reliability of the rail service.

Major upgrade work in the Newark area until Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected East Coast Trains; East Midlands Trains
Description

Major upgrade work will be taking place in the Newark area, closing all lines.

How is this this affecting today's train services?

East Midlands Railway services are replaced by buses between Nottingham and Lincoln and also between Newark North Gate and Lincoln.

Most LNER trains are diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough via but not calling at Lincoln but some trains will run through to terminate or start from Retford. Replacement buses will run between Retford and Peterborough via Newark and Grantham.

All Grand Central services are cancelled and Hull Trains services will be diverted to run to and from London St Pancras International.

How will this affect journeys tomorrow, Monday 26 August?

After 10:30, East Midlands Railway will operate a train service between Newark North Gate and Lincoln / Grimsby.

LNER will run an hourly service between Scotland / Newcastle and London Kings Cross and a 2 hourly service between Leeds and London Kings Cross diverted via Lincoln.

Grand Central and Hull Trains will run to an amended timetable.

Additional information:

LNER trains are also affected by engineering work in the London Kings Cross area. Further information may be found here.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Didcot Parkway and Oxford until 11:20 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Didcot Parkway and Oxford until 11:20 on Sunday, closing all lines.

CrossCountry:

Replacement road transport will run between Didcot Parkway and Oxford.

Great Western Railway:

The following alterations will be in place:

The 08:08 London Paddington to Great Malvern will terminate at Didcot Parkway. Replacement road transport will operate between Didcot Parkway and Oxford.

Customers may also use their tickets to travel on earlier Chiltern Railways services between London Marylebone and Oxford to connect with train services to Great Malvern.

The 08:48 London Paddington to Hereford will terminate at Didcot Parkway. Customers wishing to travel to Oxford and beyond are advised to travel to Didcot Parkway on the 09:15 London Paddington to Weston-super-Mare service to connect with road transport on to Oxford, where rail connections can be made to Hereford.

The 09:49 London Paddington to Great Malvern will terminate at Didcot Parkway. Replacement road transport will operate between Didcot Parkway and Oxford, where connections can be made with rail services on to Great Malvern.

The 07:57 and 08:54 Oxford to London Paddington services will start from Didcot Parkway. Replacement road transport will operate from Oxford to Didcot Parkway earlier than the scheduled train time to connect with the train service at Didcot Parkway.

The 08:28 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington and the 09:18 Great Malvern to London Paddington services will terminate at Oxford. Replacement road transport will operate between Oxford and Didcot Parkway to connect with rail services to London Paddington.

Trains between Didcot Parkway and Oxford will be cancelled throughout in both directions. Replacement road transport will operate in place of these services.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

No trains to/from London Kings Cross and Moorgate today, and a reduced service Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected East Coast Trains; First Hull Trains; Grand Central
Description

Today, Sunday 25 August

London Kings Cross station is closed today due to planned engineering work. NO TRAINS will run in either direction between:

  • Peterborough and London Kings Cross / London St Pancras
  • Cambridge and London Kings Cross / London St Pancras
  • Hertford North and Moorgate.

Please DO NOT attempt to travel on these routes. If you can, please travel on Tuesday 27 August instead.

No Grand Central trains will run. Hull Trains will operate a very limited service. Thameslink will not run between Peterborough/Cambridge and London. Great Northern will run between Cambridge and Kings Lynn only.

LNER will run a very limited service from Scotland and the north of England to Peterborough. Trains will be extremely busy and you are advised to RESERVE A SEAT, otherwise you may have to stand for all or part of your journey.

Journey planners are suggesting alternative routes. Please note that alternative trains will be extremely busy - in particular East Midlands Railway to and from London St Pancras International; CrossCountry trains between York and Sheffield; and all trains between Peterborough and Ely/Cambridge. You are strongly advised NOT to make journeys that would normally use London Kings Cross.

For essential travel only, a limited bus service will run between:

  • Peterborough and Bedford (for onward travel to London St Pancras using a Thameslink train)
  • Peterborough and Hitchin
  • Hitchin and Potters Bar
  • Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge
  • Stevenage and Enfield Chase

Some buses will also run between Potters Bar and Cockfosters / Oakwood for London Underground Piccadilly line services to and from central London. Please use the map provided to view these alternative routes.

Bank Holiday Monday

On Monday 26 August a reduced service will run to and from London Kings Cross.

Trains between Doncaster and Peterborough will be diverted because of engineering work at Newark and will take longer than usual.

Further Information about the August Bank Holiday weekend is available from each train operator using these links:


For further details about the improvement work being carried out over the Bank Holiday weekend, visit eastcoastupgrade.co.uk

 Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Underground 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

Buses replace trains between Hounslow and Staines on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Whitton and Staines, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Hounslow and Staines.

A reduced service will run between London Waterloo and Reading / Windsor & Eton Riverside, diverted via Weybridge and Chertsey.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Cardiff Queen Street and Pontypridd until 12:30 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cardiff Queen Street and Pontypridd, closing all lines until 12:30.

Buses will replace trains between Cardiff Queen Street and Pontypridd.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

No trains at Newport until 14:00 on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
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Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales; CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the Newport area closing all lines until 14:00.

CrossCountry - trains are replaced by buses between Chepstow and Cardiff Central calling at Newport.

Great Western Railway - trains are replaced by buses between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central.

All trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central via Filton Abbey Wood and Patchway are diverted to run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Customers should use replacement buses to complete their journey.

Transport for Wales - trains are replaced by buses between Cwmbran / Pye Corner and Cardiff Central. A shuttle train service will run between Pye Corner and Ebbw Vale Town.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Stockport and Stafford on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; Northernrail; Virgin Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between between Stockport and Macclesfield, closing all lines.

CrossCountry

Trains will be diverted between Stockport and Stafford via, but not calling at, Crewe.

Replacement buses will run between Stockport and Stoke-on-Trent calling at Macclesfield and between Macclesfield and Stafford calling at Stoke-on-Trent.

Northern

Buses will replace trains between Stockport and Stoke-on-Trent.

Customers should use alternative trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport.

Virgin Trains

Trains will be diverted between Stockport and Stafford via, and calling additionally at, Wilmslow and Crewe.

Customers should use CrossCountry or Northern replacement buses between Stockport and Stafford for Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.

Additional advice for Virgin Trains customers

With a number of major events taking place along the West Coast route, Virgin Trains services are expected to be much busier than normal, and some journeys will take longer. Virgin Trains strongly recommend that customers planning to travel make a reservation.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Reduced service at / through Milton Keynes Central until 12:00 on Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
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Train operator affected Southern Rail; Virgin Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cheddington and Milton Keynes Central, with 2 out of 4 lines being closed. This has resulted in the line capacity being severely reduced.  

London Northwestern Railway:

Throughout the weekend, trains will run to a reduced timetable and will be retimed.

Buses will replace trains between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton until 08:30 today. 

Southern:

If you are travelling today, no trains will run between East Croydon / Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes until 11:15.

Customers can use alternative London Northwestern Railway services to / from London Euston, London Underground services between London Euston and London Victoria and Southern services to / from London Victoria.

Virgin Trains:

If you are travelling today, 2 trains per hour will run between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe and Wilmslow.

Throughout the weekend the following alterations will apply:

  • Trains will be reduced to one train per hour on most routes.
  • Trains between London Euston and Holyhead will run between Crewe and Holyhead only.
  • Trains between London Euston and Chester will not run. 

Additional advice for Virgin Trains customers

As a result of this reduced capacity, events taking place on the route and engineering works on other routes increasing the number of customers using the West Coast Main Line, services are likely to be busy across the bank holiday weekend. Virgin Trains strongly recommend that customers planning to travel make a reservation.

If you are travelling today, the following additional trains will run:

  • 11:30 Crewe to Edinburgh. 
  • 11:52 Edinburgh to London Euston.
  • 15:43 Edinburgh to Crewe.
  • 18:52 Edinburgh to London Euston.


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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

No trains between Barking and Grays via Rainham from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date27/08/2019
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Train operator affected C2C Rail Limited
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Barking and Grays via Rainham, closing the line.

Customers should use alternative trains between London Fenchurch and Upminster for a connecting bus service between:

  • Upminster and Grays calling at Rainham and Purfleet
  • Upminster and Dagenham Dock

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Reduced service at Burnham / Taplow on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Slough and Maidenhead on Saturday morning / evening and all day on Sunday, closing some lines.

The following trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow on Saturday:

Morning:

  • 00:14 Reading to London Paddington.
  • 00:34 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 05:10 Reading to London Paddington.
  • 05:48 Reading to London Paddington.
  • 05:25 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway.

Evening:

  • 22:43 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway.
  • 22:52 Reading to London Paddington.
  • 22:56 Didcot to London Paddington.
  • 23:12 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway.
  • 23:43 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 23:49 Didcot to London Paddington.
  • 00:05 London Paddington to Reading.

The following trains will not call at Burnham on Sunday:

Please note that no trains call at Taplow on a Sunday normally, so no trains or buses will call at Taplow.

Morning: 

  • 06:20 Reading to London Paddington.
  • 06:45 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 07:32 Reading to London Paddington.

Evening:

  • 22:15 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway.
  • 22:24 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington.
  • 22:45 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway.
  • 23:15 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 23:15 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington.
  • 23:53 London Paddington to Reading.

Customers travelling to / from Burnham / Taplow should use replacement buses between Slough and Burnham / Taplow to complete their journey.

Check before you travel:

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

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Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace evening trains to / from Pangbourne on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August
Start date24/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Tilehurst and Didcot Parkway on Saturday and Sunday evening, closing some lines.

The following trains will not call at Pangbourne:

Saturday:

  • The 22:12 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service.
  • The 22:43 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service.
  • The 22:56 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service.
  • The 23:12 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service.
  • The 23:49 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service.

Sunday:

  • The 22:15 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service.
  • The 22:45 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service.
  • The 23:15 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service.
  • The 23:53 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service.

Customers for these services should use replacement buses running between Tilehurst and Pangbourne to connect with these trains.

Check before you travel:

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Buses replace trains between Denmark Hill and Bromley South via Herne Hill on Sunday 25 August
Start date25/08/2019
End date26/08/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Herne Hilll and Shortlands, closing all lines.

Trains between London Victoria and Orpington will be diverted to run via Denmark Hill and Catford, running non stop between Denmark Hill and Shortlands.

Buses will replace trains between Denmark Hill and Bromley South, calling at all stations between Herne Hill and Shortlands.

Trains via Maidstone East and beyond will be diverted via an alternative route between London Victoria and Bromley South. These services will also be retimed.

Brixton station will be closed all day. Customers may use their tickets on the Victoria Line between Brixton and London Victoria to connect with rail services.

Check before you travel:

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check before you travel:

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

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Project Information:

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

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

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