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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: 04/08/2015 05:55

Buses replace trains between Leigh-on-Sea and Pitsea until 12:00
Incident created04/08/2015 05:12
Last updated04/08/2015 05:55
Route affected

Trains between Shoeburyness and London Fenchurch Street

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Train operator affected C2C Rail Limited
Description

Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea. This means trains are unable to run between Leigh-on-Sea and Pitsea. Buses will replace trains between these stations extending journey times by up to 20 minutes. A train shuttle service will run between Shoeburyness and Southend Central. This is expected to continue until 12:00.

Alternative routes where tickets will be accepted

Passengers may use Abellio Greater Anglia services and London Underground services on reasonable routes

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #LeighonSea

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

No trains between Norwich and Sheringham until at least 06:30
Incident created04/08/2015 05:04
Last updated04/08/2015 05:48
Route affected

Between Norwich and Sheringham

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Over-running engineering works at Hoveton & Wroxham means trains cannot run between Norwich and Sheringham. There is no frim estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 06:30.

Replacement buses have been requested.

Alternative travel options

Passengers may use Sanders Coaches on routes X11, X44 and X55 between Sheringham and Norwich

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Wroxham

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

Buses replace trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries until at least Wednesday 12 August
Incident created02/08/2015 13:22
Last updated04/08/2015 04:41
Route affected

Trains between Glasgow Central and Carlisle via Kilmarnock

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Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

The engineering work that took place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August between Kilmarnock and Dumfries has overrun due to two engineering trains colliding and derailing. Because of this, buses are replacing trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes.

Engineers are currently working to move the trains and repair damage caused to the network infrastructure.  An image of the incident can be found here.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least Wednesday 12 August.

Alternative routes where tickets will be accepted

Passengers may use First TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains services between Glasgow Central and Carlisle.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #NewCumnock

If travelling today you can check your journey by using the  National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner for journeys on Wednesday 5 August onwards. Please check back closer to the time of travel.

London Underground industrial action planned from 18:30 Wednesday 5 August and all day Thursday 6 August
Incident created03/08/2015 14:31
Last updated03/08/2015 15:48
Route affected

All London Underground routes

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Train operator affected London Underground
Description

Trade unions on London Underground are planning strike action which will affect tube services from 18:30 this Wednesday, 5 August.

Transport for London is advising that, if the strike goes ahead, passengers should complete their journeys before 18:30 on Wednesday 5 August and that services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:30 and 18:30. There will be no Tube services from 18:30 on Wednesday 5 August and no Tube services for all of Thursday 6 August.

Transport for London is planning extra bus and river services to help people to get around but all routes are expected to be much busier than usual, especially at peak times.

National Rail routes will be unaffected mostly, although some services are expected to be busier than usual so please check before you travel.

For the latest advice and information from Transport for London go to www.tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike

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Current Engineering Work

Last update: 04/08/2015 05:55

Amended service from Colchester to Chelmsford after 20:30 each night from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 August
Start date03/08/2015
End date05/08/2015
Route affected

From Norwich / Ipswich / Harwich International / Clacton-on-Sea to London Liverpool Street

Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

From 20:30 each night, engineering work is taking place in the direction Colchester to Chelmsford with various line closures.

Trains will run to a revised timetable with supplementary buses from Colchester to Chelmsford.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended South West Trains services from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 August
Start date04/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
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

The 23:05 London Waterloo to Poole service will be replaced by a bus between Southampton Central and Poole.

The 23:50 London Waterloo to Reading service is replaced by a bus between Virginia Water and Reading.

Thursday

The 00:42 London Waterloo to Strawberry Hill (via Wimbledon) service will not stop at stations from Wimbledon to Norbiton. A bus will run from London Waterloo to Strawberry Hill (via Wimbledon).

Tuesday to Friday

The 00:05 London Waterloo to Bournemouth service will be replaced by a bus between Southampton Central and Bournemouth.

The 01:05 London Waterloo to Southampton Central service will be replaced by a bus between Woking and Basingstoke.

The 04:25 Guildford to London Waterloo service will not stop at Woking. A bus will run from Guildford to Surbiton.

Planning your journey

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

Amended East Midlands Trains services from Monday 3 to Friday 7 Augsut
Start date03/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
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:

Monday

The 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International service departs Leicester, Kettering and Wellingborough a few minutes earlier than normal.

The 23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby service is diverted after Kettering and will not call at Market Harborough. A replacement bus will run from Kettering to Market Harborough and from Market Harborough to Leicester, to connect into the train.

Tuesday to Friday

The 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International service departs Leicester earlier than normal , but departs Kettering and Wellingborough slightly later than usual before regaining booked time at Bedford.

The 00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester service is diverted after Kettering with a replacement bus service from Kettering to Market Harborough and Leicester.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 05:21 York to Manchester Airport from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 August
Start date04/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
Route affected

Between York to Manchester Airport

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between York and Leeds with some lines closed.

05:21 York to Manchester Airport will start at 05:08.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Southern services from Monday 3 to Friday 7 August
Start date03/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
Route affected
Some Southern routes.
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the Southern network with the following trains amended.

23:15 (Monday to Thursday) Portsmouth Harbour to Littlehampton, bus replaces train between Barnham and Littlehampton.

00:05 (Tuesday to Friday) London Victoria to Eastbourne, bus replaces train between Lewes and Eastbourne.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Northern Rail services from Monday 3 to Friday 7 August
Start date03/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
Route affected
Some Northern Rail routes.
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

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

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 to Wilmslow.

22:56 Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly starts from Manchester Airport, a bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly (set down only from Heald Green).

23:21 Manchester Victoria to Leeds will be diverted via an alternative route between Bradford Interchange and Leeds arriving Leeds at 01:14.

23:27 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street, bus replaces train between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

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.

04:34 Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street, earlier bus replaces train between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Arriva Trains Wales services from Monday 3 to Friday 7 August
Start date03/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
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. with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

21:55 Cardiff Central to Crewe, bus replaces train between Shrewsbury and Crewe.

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

Monday to Friday

21:17 Cardiff Central to Chester, bus replaces train between Crewe and Chester.

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

22:42 (departs 22:55) Bridgend to Cardiff Central is diverted via  Pontyclun. A bus will run  between Bridgend and Cardiff Central calling at stations normally served by the train.

22:55 Birmingham International to Holyhead will terminate at Crewe, passengers from Crewe should travel on earlier bus between Crewe and Chester and then connect into the additional 00:44 Chester to Holyhead.

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

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

23:27 Crewe to Chester, bus replaces train throughout.

Tuesday to Friday

04:22 Chester to Birmingham New Street, earlier bus replaces train between Chester and Crewe.

04:49 Crewe to Milford Haven will start from Shrewsbury, a bus will run from Crewe to Shrewsbury (not connecting with the train).

04:55 Chester to Crewe will not run, passengers should travel on the 04:38 Llandudno Junction to Crewe.

05:16 Barry Island to Caerphilly starts at Cardiff Central.

Planning your Journey

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

Major improvement works in the Bath Spa area from Saturday 18 July to Monday 31 August 2015
Start date18/07/2015
End date31/08/2015
Route affected

Routes through Bath Spa

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Train operator affected First Great Western; Southwest Trains
Description

This summer the £7.5 billion modernisation of the Great Western Main Line reaches the historic city of Bath when Network Rail will be carrying out major engineering projects in Box Tunnel and along the line to the east of Bath.

Significant sections of the railway track will be lowered to allow the installation of the overhead lines that will provide the power to the new Super Express Trains. The work will be carried out in two phases the first of which starts on Saturday 18 July, and the second on Saturday 1 August with both due for completion on Monday 31 August. These major works will mean that there will be changes to services that travel through Bath Spa.

Phase 1: 18 - 31 July

The railway between Chippenham and Bath Spa will be closed, affecting journeys between these stations and journeys via Melksham - the Avon Valley services will run normally. High Speed Train services to/from London Paddington will be diverted, increasing journey times by up to 30 minutes.

Phase 2: 01 - 31 August

All lines to the east of Bath will be closed, in addition to the continuing work on the railway between Chippenham and Bath Spa . The line will also be closed between Trowbridge and Bath Spa and all services to / from Bath Spa will run from the west. Replacement coach / bus services will serve stations to the east.

For details of the service alterations during the two phases please see below:

Phase 1: 18 - 31 July

The railway between Chippenham and Bath Spa will be closed. The following alterations will apply:

Between Bristol Temple Meads / Bath Spa / Chippenham and London Paddington

One train per hour will run between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington, calling at Bath Spa and Chippenham, running on a diverted route with increased journey times of approximately 30 minutes (normal calling pattern from Swindon).  

A second hourly train service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington running non-stop to / from Swindon (normal calling pattern from Swindon).  

Trans-Wilts services between Westbury and Swindon via Melksham and Chippenham

Some Trans-Wilts services via Melksham will be replaced by buses. Connections will be available to train services at Chippenham and Trowbridge.

Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford-upon-Avon, Avoncliff and Freshford to Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads

Services from Westbury, Warminster, Weymouth and Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol and Cardiff Central will be unaffected but subject to some minor alterations.

Phase 2: 01 - 31 August

All lines to the east of Bath will be closed, in addition to the continuing work on the railway between Chippenham and Bath Spa. The following alterations will apply:

Between Bath Spa and London Paddington

One train per hour will run between Bath Spa and London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads with increased journey times of approximately 30 minutes.

Trains will run non-stop between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads and call at Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.        

Between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads    

Three trains per hour will run between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.     

One train per hour will run between Bath Spa and London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads with increased journey times of approximately 30 minutes.      

One train per hour will run between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads (non-stop).     

One stopping service will run between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads calling at Keynsham and Oldfield Park.      

Additional services will run during the morning and evening peak, calling at Filton Abbey Wood.    

Between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington      

One train per hour will run between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington.      

Trains will run non-stop between Bristol Temple Meads and Swindon and call at Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.      

Between Chippenham and London Paddington      

An hourly service will run between Chippenham and London Paddington for part of the day.    

An hourly service will run between Chippenham and Swindon.   

Between Chippenham and Bath Spa     

There will be a half-hourly replacement bus service between Chippenham and Bath Spa with an approximate journey time of 1 hour.     

Between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads     

Customers from Chippenham to Bristol Temple Meads are advised to travel via Swindon. This will mean an increased journey time of up to 45 minutes.     

Between Portsmouth Harbour and Cardiff Central via Bristol Temple Meads     

An hourly service to / from Portsmouth Harbour will be diverted via Melksham and Chippenham and will start / terminate at Swindon. Trains will call additionally at Melksham (every other hour).   

Connections will be available at Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads , South Wales and London Paddington.    

Replacement bus connections will be available at Westbury for Trowbridge, Bradford-upon-Avon and Bath Spa.   

Between Weymouth and Bristol Temple Meads via Bath Spa     

Services from Weymouth will start / terminate at Westbury with some re-timings to the normal timetable.    

Replacement bus connections will be available at Frome and Westbury for Bath Spa.    

Train connections will be available at Westbury for Trowbridge. Customers for Bradford-on-Avon, Avoncliffe and Freshford should change at Trowbridge for replacement bus connections.   

A peak only replacement bus service will run between Castle Cary and Bristol Temple Meads.   

Between Westbury / Trowbridge / Bradford-on-Avon and Bath Spa / Bristol Temple Meads   

Replacement bus services will operate in the Avon Valley:  

Between Westbury and Bath Spa - an hourly express bus service.   

Between Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon and Bath Spa - a bus service every 30 minutes.   

Between Freshford, Avoncliff and Bath Spa - an hourly bus service. At Freshford buses will be unable to gain access to the station. Buses will call at the following locations, The Inn, The Old Bakery on High Street, the School and the Village Hall. 

A shuttle service will also run between Avoncliff and Bradford-on-Avon.   

Buses will run run in groups to cater for the numbers of people who would normally travel on a train. Where necessary additional bus services will run during peak periods.   

South West Trains services from Saturday 1 to Monday 31 August, will only run between London Waterloo and Westbury. Replacement buses operated by First Great Western will run between Westbury and Bristol.  

Passengers for Bristol and South Wales should use altered First Great Western services to Swindon, for connections to the London Paddington to Bristol and South Wales routes. Some additional South West Trains services will run between Salisbury and Westbury to supplement the First Great Western services.    

Planning your Journey 

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

No trains between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale / Chingford from 23:25 each evening to 05:15 Monday 3 to Thursday 6 August
Start date03/08/2015
End date07/08/2015
Route affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Chingford / Herford East / Cambridge via Tottenahm Hale

Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

From 23:25 each evening from Monday to Thursday, engineering work is taking place between Cambridge Heath and Cheshunt / Chingford closing the line.

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

London Liverpool Street to Chingford service, buses will run between Hackney Downs and Chingford.

Planning your Journey

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

Major improvement work between Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton until Monday 5 October
Start date02/05/2015
End date05/10/2015
Route affectedAll routes via Bolton
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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Over the next 5 years, Network Rail is investing over a billion pounds in the North West of England to deliver improved rail services; speeding up journeys, creating new rail links and improving stations.

As part of this investment Network Rail is electrifying one of the busiest routes in the area, the line between Manchester and Preston via Bolton. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2016

One of the biggest projects on the route is the reconstruction of Farnworth tunnel located between Manchester and Bolton. The existing tunnels are too small for the overhead lines, so one of the tunnels is to be reconstructed. Further information on the reconstruction can be found here

Work is underway, and is expected to be completed by Monday 5 October. As a result rail services are changing between Manchester and Preston via Bolton.

Timetables can be found here

Saturdays and Sundays

No trains will run between Salford Crescent and Preston via Bolton.

First TransPennine Express

All trains are diverted between Deansgate and Preston, calling additionally at Wigan North Western and will not call at Bolton.

Replacement buses are running between Preston and Manchester Airport calling at Chorley, Horwich Parkway, Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.

Northern Rail

Between Blackpool North and Manchester Victoria

Trains will run between Blackpool North and Preston.On Saturday replacement buses will run between Preston and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Preston and Manchester Victoria.

Between Preston and Hazel Grove

Until early evening Saturday, trains will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Hazel Grove via Manchester Piccadilly. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Preston and Salford Crescent.

Between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria

Trains will run between Clitheroe and Blackburn. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Blackburn and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Blackburn and Manchester Victoria.

Between Southport  and Manchester Airport (Saturday)

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Bolton.

Between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Westhoughton or Bolton. On Saturday replacement buses will run between Wigan Wallgate and Salford Crescent and on Sunday between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria calling at Westhoughton and Bolton.

Between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria

From 17 May, trains will run between Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria via Todmorden.

Monday to Friday

First TransPennine Express

Morning Peak time services towards Manchester will operate via Chorley and Bolton.

Evening Peak time services from Manchester will operate via Bolton and Chorley.

At all other times services will be diverted to operate via Wigan North Western and not via Bolton.

Late evening and early morning services on this route are replaced by buses between Preston and Manchester

Northern Rail

On some routes where possible, trains will operate with additional carriages providing increased seats due to the reduced frequency of services.

No trains will call at Moses Gate, Farnworth, Kearsley or Clifton. Buses will operate between Bolton and Salford Crescent calling at  these stations
This is to allow as many trains as possible on the route between Bolton and Manchester.

Between Blackpool North and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate via the normal route calling at all stations.

Between Preston and Hazel Grove

Until early evening, a retimed service will operate via Chorley, Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.

Clitheroe and Manchester Victoria via Blackburn and Bolton

Buses replace trains between Blackburn and Bolton.

Between Southport and Manchester Victoria / Manchester Airport(limited stops)

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at Bolton.

Between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria

A reduced service will operate and trains are diverted between Hindley and Salford Crescent via an alternative route and will not call at  Bolton.

Between Kirkby and Bolton / Manchester Victoria

A train service will operate between Kirby and Bolton. For intermediate stations between Bolton and Salford Cresent passengers should use replacement buses.

Planning your journey

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

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018
Start date05/01/2015
End date31/01/2018
Route affected

All routes via London Bridge

Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

As part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

Travelling at the weekend

Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

On most weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

During periods of time when Charing Cross / Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For details full details visit http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/your-journey/engineering-work/. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

Longer term changes

Thameslink services which run through Central London will, not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

Southeastern services to and from London Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge until August 2016. As well as the impact to Southeastern and Thameslink services, Southern and South West Trains passengers will not be able to interchange onto Southeastern Charing Cross services at London Bridge.

For a full list of major service changes visit http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes/

Planning your Journey

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

Alternative routes and travel advice

The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as follows:

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes.
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination
  • Look at the other options available at the London end of your journey, for example walking from your final station stop to get where you want to go. It's often quicker to walk between stations in and around London Bridge than many people think. The Thameslink Programme has produced walking maps to help you map out the options for you. You could also consider cycling or using the bus.
If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

The accepted routes are:

  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on Jubilee Line and on bus services (services 381 and RV1)
  • Between London Bridge and Charing cross on Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern Lines and on bus services (services RV1 and 15)
  • Between Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on District/Circle and on bus services (service 15)
  • Between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge on Northern Line and on bus services (service 35, 40, 133 & 343)
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge and on bus services (service 17 (Blackfriars North), 381 & RV1 (Blackfriars South)

Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant and Castle or Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here

Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to Charing Cross or Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo/Southwark. These recommended routes are shown here

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here

Buses replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Village until 20 October
Start date15/02/2014
End date20/10/2015
Route affected

Between Oxford and Bicester Village

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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 Village 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 September 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 Village will be closed until September 2015, as a result buses will replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Village.

    Planning your Journey

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