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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: 25/11/2014 21:03

Disruption between Westbury and Bath Spa until at least 22:30
Incident created25/11/2014 19:06
Last updated25/11/2014 21:03
Route affected

Trains between  Westbury and Bath Spa

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

A broken down freight train near Avoncliff is causing disruption to journeys between Westbury and Bath Spa.

Trains are currently unable to run from Westbury to Bath Spa.

Passengers may use First buses on route 265 between Bath (bus station) and Salisbury via Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 22:30.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Avoncliff

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

 

Delays between Clapham Junction and Wimbledon until at least 21:30
Incident created25/11/2014 20:06
Last updated25/11/2014 21:03
Route affected

Trains between London Waterloo and Woking / Guildford / Dorking

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Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

A trespass incident at Earlsfield was causing disruption  residual delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected between Clapham Junction and Wimbledon until services recover 

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 21:30

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Earlsfield

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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Current Engineering Work

Last update: 25/11/2014 21:03

Amended Northern Rail services each night from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Some Northern Rail routes.

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place across parts of the Northern Rail network with the following trains being amended:

Monday to Thursday  

22:02 Blackpool South to Colne will be replaced by a bus between Rose Grove and Colne.

22:43 Manchester Oxford Road to Wilmslow will terminate at Manchester Airport. A replacement bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport.

22:56 Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus between Wilmslow and Manchester Airport.

23:21 Manchester Victoria to Leeds be diverted and arrive into Leeds at the later time of 01:19.

Tuesday to Friday  

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

03:38 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport will be replaced by a bus between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

04:38 Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street will be replaced by a bus between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, departing at 04:15.

Planning your Journey

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Amended East Midlands Trains services from Monday 24 to Friday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date27/11/2014
Route affected

Some East Midlands Trains routes.

Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place on some parts of the East Midlands Trains network with the following trains being amended.

From approximately 23:55 (monday to Thursday) buses will replace trains between Kettering and Leicester calling at Market Harborough.

Each morning (Tuesday to Friday) until approximately 05:30, trains travelling towards London St Pancras International will be amended to depart stations north of Bedford earlier than normal.

Planning your Journey

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Amended First Great Western services each night from Monday 24 to Friday 28 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date29/11/2014
Route affected

Some First Great Western routes.

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place across some parts of the First Great Western network with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

From approximately 22:00, trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway will arrive / depart slightly later than the normal timetable.

22:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport will terminate at Guildford and a replacement bus will run from Guildford to Redhill calling at all stations. Passengers may then catch an alternative service from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

23:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading will terminate at Redhill (and restart from Guildford at 00:02) . A replacement bus road will run from Redhill to Guildford at 23:35.

23:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport will depart from Reading at 23:56 and terminate at Guildford. A replacement bus will run from Guildford to Gatwick Airport.

Tuesday to Thursday 

23:53 Henley-on-Thames to Reading will terminate at Twyford with a 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, 21:56, 22:27 London Paddington to Oxford. 22:17, 22:48, 23:15 Reading to London Paddington.

Wednesday to Friday  

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.

Friday   

16:06 London Paddington to Penzance will terminate at Plymouth. A rail connection will depart Plymouth to Penzance at 19:35.

19:03 London Paddington to Penzance will terminate at Plymouth. A rail connection will depart Plymouth to Penzance at 22:46.

23:45 London Paddington to Penzance 'Night Riviera' Sleeper Service will terminate at Plymouth. Replacement road transport will run from Plymouth to Liskeard to connect with another train to Penzance.

Planning your Journey

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Amended South West Trains services each night from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
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 with the following amendments.

Monday to Wednesday  

21:20 London Waterloo to Yeovil Junction and 19:25 Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will be diverted via Southampton and not call at stations between Baskingstoke and Salisbury. Replacement buses will run between Basingstoke and Salisbury, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes.

Monday to Thursday   

23:50 London Waterloo to Reading will be replaced by a bus between Virginia Water and Reading.

Tuesday to Friday  

00:40 Woking to Alton will be replaced by a bus between Farnham and Alton.

00:45 Ascot to Reading will be replaced by a bus throughout.

01:05 London Waterloo to Southampton Central will be diverted via Guildford and arrive into Southampton Central later than the normal timetable.

04:25 Guildford to London Waterloo will depart from Guildford earlier than the normal timetable.

Planning your Journey

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Amended CrossCountry services from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date27/11/2014
Route affected

Some CrossCountry routes

Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place across some parts of the CrossCountry network with the following trains being amended:

17:08 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted via Kidderminster, extending journey times by up to 40 minutes between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa.

21:05 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street will be diverted via Kidderminster, extending journey times by up to 40 minutes between Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham New Street.

Planning your Journey

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Amended First TransPennine Express services each night from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Some First TransPennine Express routes

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Overnight eningeering work is taking place on some parts of the First TransPennine Express network with the following amendments:

Monday to Thursday  

20:14 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

21:55 Newcastle to Manchester Airport will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

22:45 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

23:20 Manchester Airport to York will not call at Manchester Victoria.

Tuesday to Friday  

00:01 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North will start from Manchester Piccadilly. Passengers are advised to use a connecting train at 23:30 from Manchester Airport.

00:38 Manchester Airport to York will start from Manchester Piccadilly. A replacement bus will depart Manchester Airport at 00:15 to Manchester Piccadilly.

01:38 York to Manchester Airport will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly and a replacement bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport.

04:25 Manchester Airport to Newcastle will start from Manchester Piccadilly. A replacement bus will depart Manchester Airport at 04:05 to Manchester Piccadilly.

05:21 York to Manchester Airport will depart from slightly earlier at 05:11.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Virgin Trains services from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date27/11/2014
Route affected

Some Virgin Trains routes

Train operator affected Virgin Trains
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place across parts of the Virgin Trains network. The following trains are amended.

22:45 (Monday only) Wolverhampton to London Euston will be diverted and not call at Northampton. A replacement bus will run from Rugby to Northampton calling at Long Buckby.

21:40 and 23:00 (Monday to Thursday) London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly services will be diverted via Stafford and Stone, extending journey times into Stoke-on-Trent and stations beyond.

After approximately 23:00 (Tuesday to Thursday) trains between Milton Keynes Central and Rugby will have slightly extended journey times as trains are being diverted via Northampton.

Planning your Journey

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No trains between London Liverpool Street and Chingford / Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale each night after 23:45 from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Abellio Greater Anglia services between London Liverpool Street and Chingford / Cheshunt / Hertford East / Stansted Airport / Cambridge.

Stansted Express services between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

Train operator affected Greater Anglia; Stansted Express
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place between Cambridge Heath and Chingford / Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale closing all lines.

Trains between London Liverpool Street and Chingford are cancelled. Buses will replace trains between London Liverpool Street and Chingford.

Trains are unable to run via Tottenham Hale so services between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt will be diverted via Seven Sisters. Passengers are advised to use stations on the Seven Sisters route.

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Buses replace trains between Lewes and Seaford after approximately 20:30 each night from Monday 24 to Thursday 23 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Trains between Brighton and Seaford

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Lewes and Seaford each night from approximately 20:30, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Lewes and Seaford.

Planning your Journey

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Amended Southern services from Monday 24 to Friday 28 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Some Southern routes

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place on various parts of the Southern network, with the following alterations:

23:15 (Monday to Thursday) Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton will be replaced by a bus from Barnham to Littlehampton.

23:52 (Monday to Thursday) Chichester to Littlehampton will be replace by a bus from Barnham to Littlehampton.

00:05 (Tuesday to Friday) London Victoria to Worthing / Eastbourne, will split at Lewes instead of Haywards Heath, with one portion of the train travelling to Worthing and the other travelling to Eastbourne.

Overnight trains between London Victoria and Brighton will be diverted via Lewes, extending journey times.

Planning your Journey

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Amended overnight service between Manchester Airport and Blackpool North from Sunday 23 until Thursday 27 November 2014
Start date23/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Between Manchester Airport and Blackpool North

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Leyland each night from 22:30 until 05:30 the following morning with the following trains amended:

Sunday - Thursday

The 22:29 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North and 22:45 Blackpool North to Manchester Piccadilly services will be diverted and not call at stations between Salford Crescent and Buckshaw Parkway (inclusive).

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Airport / Manchester Piccadilly and Blackpool North, calling at all stations.

Monday to Thursday

The 22:29 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North and 23:06 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport services will be diverted and not call at stations between Salford Crescent and Buckshaw Parkway (inclusive).

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Airport / Manchester Piccadilly and Blackpool North, calling at all stations.

Monday - Friday

The 00:16 Manchester Piccadilly to Blackpool North and 03:37 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport services will not Call at Bolton.

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Airport / Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton to connect with the train services.

The 04:43 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will be diverted and not call at Chorley or Horwich Parkway.

A bus replacement service will run between Preston and Bolton, calling at Chorley and Horwich Parkway.

Planning your Journey

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No trains calling at Hamilton Square until Friday 27 March 2015
Start date29/09/2014
End date31/03/2015
Route affected

To and from Hamilton Square

Train operator affected Mersyrail
Description

Hamilton Square will be closed for refurbishment with trains not calling until Friday 27 March 2015. 

This is part of a continuing project to renovate all of Merseyrail's underground stations, with Liverpool Central overhauled in 2012 and Liverpool Lime Street and James Street, in 2013. Moorfields will be refurbished next year.

As part of the £4 million refurbishment programme platforms, walkways and the upper concourse area are all being redeveloped, giving an improved and altogether more enjoyable travel experience.

During this closure, trains will still travel through Hamilton Square station, but will not stop.

Passengers travelling towards West Kirby or New Brighton are advised to use Conway Park station and passengers travelling towards Chester or Ellesmere Port to use Birkenhead Central station. Passengers travelling towards Liverpool can use either station.

More information can be found here

Planning your Journey

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The changes for 27 December are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Amended Arriva Trains Wales services from Monday 24 to Friday 28 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Some Arriva Trains Wales routes

Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

  • 21:51 Aberdare to Penarth. This train terminates at Cardiff Central and is replaced by a bus between Cardiff Central and Penarth
  • 22:15 Maesteg to Gloucester. This train terminates at Newport and is replaced by a bus between Newport and Gloucester
  • 22:42 (retimed to 22:55) Bridgend to Cardiff Central. This train is diverted via Pontyclun. A replacement bus will run from Bridgend to Cardiff Central, calling at the affected stations
  • 23:14 Radyr to Barry Island. This train terminates at Cardiff Central and is replaced by a bus between Cardiff Central and Barry Island  
  • 23:26 Penarth to Cardiff Central. This train is cancelled and is replaced by a bus

Tuesday to Friday

  • 05:16 Barry Island to Caerphilly. This train starts forward from Cardiff Central. There will be no alternative transport provided between Barry Island and Cardiff Central  

Planning your Journey

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Amended Southeastern services from Monday 24 to Friday 28 November 2014
Start date24/11/2014
End date28/11/2014
Route affected

Some Southeastern routes

Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

  • 23:17 London Charing Cross to Hayes. This train terminates at Lewisham and is replaced by a bus between Lewisham and Hayes

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • 22:10 London Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Dover Priory. This train terminates at Folkestone Central and is replaced by a bus between Folkestone Central and Ramsgate
  • 22:40, 23:10, 23:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. These trains terminate at Folkestone Central and are replaced by buses between Folkestone Central and Dover Priory
  • 23:12 London St Pancras International to Ramsgate via Dover Priory. This train terminates at Folkestone Central and is replaced by a bus between Folkestone Central and Ramsgate   
  • 23:45 Faversham to Dover Priory. This train terminates at Canterbury East and is replaced by a bus between Canterbury East and Dover Priory

Tuesday to Thursday

  • 23:45 London Charing Cross to Hastings. This train terminates at Tunbridge Wells and is replaced by a bus between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings 

Tuesday to Friday

  • 23:39 (Mon), 00:18 (Tue) London Charing Cross to Gillingham. These services terminate at Strood and are replaced by buses between Strood and Gillingham 
  • 23:52 (Mon-Thu) London Victoria to Gillingham. This train will not run. Passengers should travel on the 00:07 (Tue-Fri) London Victoria to Ashford International service and change at Swanley for a replacement bus to Gillingham
  • 00:10 (Tue-Fri) London Victoria to Ramsgate. This train will not run. 00:10 (Tue-Fri) London Victoria to Strood service will run non-stop, replacement buses will operate from Strood to Gillingham and from Gillingham to Ramsgate
  • 00:37 (Tue-Fri) London Victoria to Gillingham. This train terminates at Swanley and is replaced by a bus between Swanley and Gillingham
  • 03:43 (Tue-Fri) Gillingham to Strood replacement bus, calling at all stations
  • 04:06 (Tue-Fri) Gillingham to London Charing Cross. This train starts forward from Strood at 04:18

 

Journey times may be extended by up to 95 minutes.    

Plan 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

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.

Journey Planner

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

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

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