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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: 21/04/2015 01:40

Disruption between Oxford and Charlbury / Banbury expected until end of service
Incident created20/04/2015 09:16
Last updated21/04/2015 01:40
Route affected

CrossCountry: Between Winchester and Newcastle and also between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly

First Great Western: Between London Paddington and Banbury / Hereford

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

A signalling problem near Oxford is continuing to cause disruption to services between Oxford and Charlbury / Banbury. Repair work is being carried out overnight and will continue into the morning. Disruption expected to continue until end of service

Trains cannot run from Charlbury towards Oxford. Services that usually run between Great Malvern / Worcester Foregate Street and London Paddington will run between Great Malvern / Worcester Foregate Street and Charlbury only.

Buses will run between Charlbury and Oxford to connect with alternative services to London Paddington.

Services from Oxford towards Worcester Foregate Street / Great Malvern are running as normal.

Some CrossCountry services will be amended and not run between Reading / Southampton Central and Birmingham New Street.

Buses will run between Oxford and Banbury

Alternative travel options

First Great Western passengers may use Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland and Virgin Trains services on reasonable routes. And also First Buses on routes 44, 44A, 44C, 550, 551, 557, and 420.

During this disruption if you wish to use local buses as an alternative means of transport and the local bus is not accepting First Great Western tickets please keep the bus ticket and send it, together with your rail ticket, to First Great Western.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Oxford

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

Delays between Wimbledon and Woking until end of service
Incident created21/04/2015 00:52
Last updated21/04/2015 01:26
Route affected

Trains between London Waterloo and Basingstoke

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Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

A person has been hit by a train between Esher and Hersham is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains between Wimbledon and Woking.

Alternative travel options

Passengers may use London Buses night bus Number 87 between Clapham Junction and Wimbledon.

 

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until end of service.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Esher

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

Disruption between Leeds and Huddersfield / Bradford Interchange / Wakefield Westgate expected until end of service
Incident created19/04/2015 14:48
Last updated21/04/2015 00:34
Route affected

First TransPennine Express between York and Manchester Airport

Northern Rail between Selby / Leeds and Huddersfield via Bramley / Wakefield Westgate

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

A cracked rail was discovered outside of Leeds station on Sunday 19 April. As a result of this, emergency engineering works will take place today, Tuesday 21 April, which will cause disruption to journeys between Leeds and Huddersfield / Bradford Interchange / Wakefield Westgate until end of service.

The following changes will apply:


  • Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected to trains between Leeds and Huddersfield / Bradford Interchange / Wakefield Westgate
  • Some First TransPennine Express services between York and Manchester Airport will not run. The services that do run will have additional carriages. Customers with tickets for the cancelled trains can use alternative services
  • Some Northern Rail services between Leeds and Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange will run between Bradford and Huddersfield only
  • Some Northern Rail services between Selby and Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange are running as two separate services - between Selby and Leeds, and between Bradford Interchange and Huddersfield

 

Alternative travel options

First TransPennine Express passengers may travel on Virgin Trains East Coast services from Manchester to York / Newcastle.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Leeds

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

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 21/04/2015 01:40

Buses replace trains between Reading and Guildford each night from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between Reading and Gatwick Airport

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

From 20:50 to 06:00 each night, engineering work is taking place between Wokingham and Ash closing the line.

Buses replace trains between Reading and Guildford.

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 from Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Various 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.

Monday to Friday

04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International will depart Leicester earlier than normal regaining normal timings from Bedford.

22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham is replaced by a bus between East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham.

23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby is diverted and will not call at Beeston or Nottingham. a bus will run between East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham calling at Beeston.

Tuesday to Friday

05:00 Derby to London St Pancras International will depart Derby 20 minutes earlier than normal.

22:25 London St Pancras International to Sheffield is retimed to run later than normal after 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 05:49 Cleethorpes to Newark Northgate from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April
Start date21/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between Cleethorpes to Newark Northgate

Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cleethorpes and Market Rasen closing some lines.

05:49 Cleethorpes to Newark Northgate is replaced by a bus between Cleethorpes and Market Rasen.

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 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Some Southern routes

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Southern network.

Monday to Thursday

22:04 / 23:04 London Bridge to Uckfield are replaced by buses between Oxted and Uckfield.

23:47 London Victoria to Oxted is replaced by a bus between East Croydon and Oxted.

23:22 Hastings to Brighton will run non stop between Lewes and Brighton. A bus will run between Lewes and Brighton calling at all stations.

Tuesday to Friday

00:05 London Victoria to Worthing is replaced by a bus between Brighton and Worthing which is extended to run to West Worthing.

00:04 Brighton to West Worthing is replaced by a bus throughout.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 23:09 Birmingham New Street to Nottingham from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between Birmingham New Street to Nottingham.

Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Derby and Nottingham closing some lines.

23:09 Birmingham New Street to Nottingham is replaced by a bus between Derby and Nottingham.

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains each night between between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop / New Mills Central from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date23/04/2015
Route affected

Some Northern Rail routes.

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Each night from 22:30, engineering work is taking place between Manchester Piccadilly and Hadfield closing some lines .

Buses replace trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop / New Mills Central.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended overnight First TransPennine Express services from Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Some First TransPennine Express routes.

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the First TransPennine Express network.

Monday to Thursday

21:55 Newcastle to Manchester Victoria is retimed and will arrive at Manchester Victoria 15 minutes later than normal.

22:30 York to Manchester Piccadilly is diverted to terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

23:20 Manchester Airport to York will not call at Huddersfield and will have journey time extended by 5 minutes after Dewsbury. A bus will run between Huddersfield and Dewsbury to connect with the train.

Tuesday to Friday

01:38 York to Manchester Victoria and 02:52 York to Manchester Airport will not call at Huddersfield but will call additionally at Brighouse. Buses will run between Huddersfield and Brighouse to Connect with the trains.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 23:10 Dalston Junction to West Croydon from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between Dalston Junction to West Croydon.

Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Engineering work is taking place between New Cross Gate and West Croydon closing some lines.

23:10 Dalston Junction to West Croydon is diverted to terminate at Crystal Palace. passengers for West Croydon should use earlier trains.

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 each night from Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
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

From 21:35 each night, buses replace trains between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Parkway.

From 22:15 each night, buses replace trains between Cardiff Central and Rhymney.

19:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen is diverted between Neath and Gowerton and will not call at Llansamlet and Swansea. A bus will run between Neath and Carmarthen calling at all stations.

Tuesday to Friday

01:50 Fishguard Harbour to Swansea is replaced by a bus between Llanelli and Swansea.

04:31 Swansea to Shrewsbury is replaced by a bus between Swansea and Llanelli.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 22:45 London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between  London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street

Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Leamington Spa and Small Heath closing some lines.

22:45 London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street will run non stop between Leamington Spa and Birmingham Moor Street.

A bus will run between Leamington Spa and Birmingham Moor Street calling at all stations.

Planning your Journey 

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

Amended 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Between Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill

Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Engineering work is taking place Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa closing the line.

23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill is diverted and will not call at University and Bromsgrove. Passengers for University should use CrossCountry trains to University.

A bus will run between Bromsgrove and Droitwich  Spa.

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 20 April until Friday 24 April 2015
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
Route affected

Various Virgin Trains routes

Train operator affected Virgin Trains
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

From 23:00 each night, trains between London Euston and Wolverhampton / Manchester Piccadilly are diverted to run via Northampton and will have journey times slightly extended.

22:30 / 23:20 London Euston to Wolverhampton trains will terminate at Birmingham New Street. There is no alternative transport to Wolverhampton.

Tuesday to Friday

05:00 Wolverhampton to London Euston will start at Birmingham New Street. Passengers should use later train at 05.24 to travel between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street.

Planning your Journey 

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

Amended Abellio Greater Anglia services from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date23/04/2015
Route affected
Some Abellio Greater Anglia routes
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the Abellio Greater Anglia network with the following trains being amended.

20:00, 21:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will terminate at Ipswich.

22:00 Norwich to London Liverpool Street and 23:05 Norwich to Ipswich, buses replace trains between Norwich and Ipswich.

20:30, 21:30, 22:30, 23:30 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will have slightly extended journey times. 

20:44, 21:44, 22:44 Cambridge to Ipswich and 21:45 Peterborough to Colchester, buses replaces trains between Ely and Ipswich / Colchester.

22:19 Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds, bus replaces train throughout.

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 Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date24/04/2015
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 closing some lines.

Monday to Thursday

From 21:00 each night, buses replace trains between Dorchester South and Weymouth.

23:50 London Waterloo to Reading is replaced by a bus between Ascot and Reading.

23:45 London Waterloo to Portsmouth & Southsea is replaced by a bus between Haslemere and Portsmouth and Southsea.

23:24 Portsmouth Harbour to Winchester is replaced by a bus between Eastleigh and Winchester.

23:35 London Waterloo to Southampton Central is replaced by a bus between Basingstoke and Southampton Central.

Tuesday to Friday

00:42 London Waterloo to Strawberry Hill, via Wimbledon, is diverted and will terminate at Surbiton. A bus will run between Surbiton and Strawberry Hill.

01:05 London Waterloo to Southampton Central is replaced by bus between Basingstoke and Southampton Central.

04:45 Guildford to London Waterloo is retimed to depart Guilford at 03:56.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended First Great Western services from Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Start date20/04/2015
End date25/04/2015
Route affected

Some First Great Western routes.

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

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

Monday to Thursday

21:15 / 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea is retimed and is replaced by a bus between Neath and Swansea.

23:27 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads journey time is extended by 5 minutes after leaving Patchway.

From 22:00 to 02:00 each night, buses replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn.

20:49 Bristol Temple Meads to Weymouth is replaced by a bus between Dorchester West and Weymouth.

Tuesday to Friday

03:52 Swansea to London Paddington is replaced by a bus between Swansea Neath.

Friday only

The 22:27 and 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford and 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington services will not call at Pangbourne. Passengers should travel via Tilehurst for connecting rail / bus 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 calling at Denham Golf Club until Friday 19 June
Start date16/03/2015
End date19/06/2015
Route affected

Denham Golf Club station

Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Due to platform improvements, no trains will call at Denham Golf Club.

A minibus will run between Gerrards Cross and Denham Golf Club.

Planning your Journey

For full details of these changes up to Friday 5 June and the impact on your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

The changes from Saturday 6 June are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel. Please use the following timetables for Saturday, Sunday and Monday to Friday.

Major engineering work at London Bridge from January 2015 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, from 5 January 2015, 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 between 12 January 2015 and 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 Town until 5 September 2015
Start date15/02/2014
End date05/09/2015
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 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 Town will be closed until September 2015, as a result buses will replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Town.

Planning your Journey

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

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