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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:

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Last update: 24/07/2014 17:12

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.

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Amended First Capital Connect services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date24/07/2014
Route affected

Some First Capital Connect routes.

Train operator affected First Capital Connect
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of First Capital Connect routes with the following trains amended:

23:12 Bedford to Three Bridges will call additionally at New Cross Gate (set down only).

23:37 Brighton to Bedford will not call at London Bridge, a bus will run fron London Blackfriars to connect at London Bridge.

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Buses replace trains between Basingstoke and Winchester between 22:45 and 05:10 each night from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date24/07/2014
Route affected

CrossCountry between Newcastle / Manchester Airport and Southampton Central.

South West Trains between London Waterloo and Southampton Central / Poole / Weymouth / Portsmouth Harbour.

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; Southwest Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Basingstoke and Winchester with all lines closed.

Buses replace trains between Basingstoke and Winchester, journey times may be extended by up to 50 minutes.

Some trains towards Weymouth will call addditionally at Guildford, Havant and Fareham.

00:30 (Tuesday to Thursday) Eastleigh to Portsmouth Harbour will start later than the normal timetable.

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Amended First Great Western services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
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:

21:48 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill, bus replaces train between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill.

21:51 Hereford to London Paddington will terminate at Worcester Shrub Hill and restart Oxford, a bus will run from Worcester Shrub Hill to Oxford with no connection to London Paddington until 04:00.

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Amended Arriva Trains Wales service from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
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

18:34 Cardiff Central to Holyhead will be diverted via Crewe, additional connecting train will run from Shrewsbury to Wrexham General then bus to Chester.

21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted via Crewe and terminate at Chester, a bus will run from Shrewsbury to Manchester Piccadilly calling at stations normally served by the train.

21:54 Aberdare to Penarth, bus replaces train from Cardiff Central and Penarth.

22:15 Maesteg to Gloucester, bus replaces train from Newport and Gloucester.

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

23:14 Radyr to Barry Island, bus replaces train from Cardiff Central and Barry Island.

23:23 Crewe to Chester will not run, passengers should uses alternative service.

23:26 Penarth to Cardiff Central, bus replaces train throughout.

23:37 Shrewsbury to Chester will start later than the normal timetable and is divertd via Crewe, a bus will run from Shrewsbury to Chester calling at stations normally served by the train.

Tuesday to Friday

05:14 Barry Island to Caerphilly will start from Cardiff Central, no alternative transport will be provided from Barry Island. 

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Amended Gatwick Express services between 00:40 and 05:30 from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date22/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between London Victoria and Clapham Junction.

Trains will have extended journey times of approximately 40 minutes.

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Amended service between Cambridge Heath and Cheshunt / Chingford each evening from 23:10 to 05:05, Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
Route affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Chingford / Hertford East / Stansted Airport / Cambridge.

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place between Cambridge Heath and Cheshunt / Chingford closing the line.

London Liverpool Street to Chingford service will be replaced by buses throughout.

Trains will be diverted via Seven Sisters, passengers on the normal route should use the nearest alternative station.

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Amended Southeastern services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
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

23:12 London St Pancras International to Ramsgate will be diverted and call additionally at Canterbury West, not calling at stations Folkestone West to Sandwich inclusive. Buses will run between Dover Priory and Ramsgate.

23:36 London Charing Cross to Orpington will not call at Lewisham.

23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham, bus replaces train between Gravesend and Gillingham.

23:45 London Charing Cross to Hastings, buses replace train between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings not calling at Crowhurst, connecting buses will run between Battle and Crowhurst.

Tuesday to Friday

00:06 London Charing Cross to Orpington will not call at Lewisham.

00:18 London Charing Cross to Gillingham, bus replaces train between Gravesend and Gillingham.

00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham will be diverted and not call at Herne Hill, Penge East, Beckenham Junction, a bus will run from London Victoria to Gillingham calling at stations normally served by the train (set down only after Beckenham Junction). 

00:48 London Charing Cross to Orpington will be retimed to run later than the normal timetable and not call at Lewisham, connecting buses will run between Hither Green and Lewisham.

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Amended East Midlands Trains services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
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.

The following trains will run later from Kettering and not call at Market Harborough, buses will run between Kettering and Leicester calling at Market Harborough: 

23:15 (Monday to Friday) London St Pancras International to Derby, will run later from Kettering and not call at Market Harborough, a bus will run between Kettering and Leicester calling at Market Harborough.

00:15 (Tuesday to Friday) London St Pancras International to Leicester, will run later from Kettering and not call at Market Harborough, a bus will run between Kettering and Leicester calling at Market Harborough.

19:34, 20:33 (Friday) Doncaster to Lincoln, buses replace trains throughout.

17:56, 19:00 (Friday) Sleaford to Doncaster, buses replace trains between Lincoln and Doncaster.

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Amended Southern overnight services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
Route affected

Various Southern routes.

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

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

23:54 (Sunday) London Victoria to Norwood Junction is replaced by a bus between Crystal Palace and Norwood Junction.

Monday to Friday, 22:17 London Victoria to Bognor Regis will terminate at Chichester. A bus connection will run between Barnham and Bognor Regis.

Between 00:50 and 05:05 Tuesday to Friday, trains between Three Bridges and Brighton are diverted via Lewes extending journey times.

Tuesday to Friday, 00:50 East Croydon to London Victoria will depart East Croydon at 00:49.

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Amended Northern Rail services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July 2014
Start date21/07/2014
End date25/07/2014
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 between Rose Grove and Colne.

22:43 Manchester Oxford Road to Wilmslow, bus replaces train between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow.

22:56 Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, bus replaces train between Wilmslow and Manchester Airport.

Tuesday to Friday

00:44 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly will not call at Manchester Airport, a bus will run from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly calling at Manchester Airport.   

03:38 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport, bus replaces train between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. 

04:38 Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street, bus replaces train between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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