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Service Disruptions

Last update: 01/05/2017 06:05

Major engineering work during the May Bank Holiday weekend
Incident created29/04/2017 02:42
Last updated01/05/2017 01:23
Route affected

Various routes

Train operator affected First Great Western; First transPennine Express; Greater Anglia; Southeastern Trains; Southern Rail; Virgin Trains
Description

Major engineering works are taking place at the following locations over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Details of all the engineering work taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend can be found here.

Twitter:
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Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

 

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 01/05/2017 06:05

No trains between Shepherds Bush and Watford Junction from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Wembley and Watford Junction, closing some lines.

Trains will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush.

Customers for Watford Junction should use London Underground between London Victoria and London Euston and London Midland services between London Euston and Watford Junction.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs from Saturday 29 to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

CrossCountry between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh / Birmingham New Street / Plymouth / Penzance

ScotRail between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Carstairs, also between North Berwick and Ayr

Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Glasgow Central

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; East Coast Trains; First ScotRail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs, closing all lines.

CrossCountry services will be diverted via an alternative route, not calling at Motherwell.

ScotRail services will be replaced by buses between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs.

Virgin Trains East Coast - On Sunday the 16:30 London Kings Cross to Glasgow Central will terminate at Edinburgh. A rail replacement bus service will run from Edinburgh to Motherwell.

As a consequence of this engineering work, the following will also apply: 

On Monday, the 06:50 Glasgow Central to London Kings Cross will start from Edinburgh at 08:00. The 15:30 London Kings Cross to Glasgow Central will terminate at Edinburgh.

On Tuesday, the 06:50 Glasgow Central to London Kings Cross will start from Edinburgh at 08:00.

Check before you travel:

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

Buses replace trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Virgin Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Carlisle and Carstairs, closing all lines. Engineering work is also taking place at multiple locations on the West Coast Main Line over the Bank Holiday weekend. You will not be able to travel directly between Wigan and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

Over the Bank Holiday buses are replacing trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

Buses are also replacing trains between Preston / Lancaster and Carlisle from Saturday 29 April until 11:50 on Monday 1 May. There will be no direct bus services, so if you are travelling between Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith and Scotland, you will need to change buses at Carlisle.

Engineering work is also affecting services on the West Coast Main Line between:

Preston / Lancaster and Carlisle
Wigan North Western and Preston


Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Amended Gatwick Express service between 23:00 and 05:00 until at least 20 May
Start date06/04/2017
End date20/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

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Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, closing some lines between 23:00 and 05:00 each night. As a result of this, the following Gatwick Express services will be cancelled:

Monday - Sunday

23:15 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

23:45 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

00:02 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

00:36 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

00:50 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

01:35 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

03:30 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

04:30 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

04:35 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

05:20 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

Monday to Friday

00:06 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

Saturday

00:05 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

00:30 London Victoria - Gatwick Airport

Sunday

00:07 Gatwick Airport - London Victoria

Check before you travel:

These changes are being updated on a weekly basis and therefore the National Rail Journey Planner will be correct up to a week before travel.

Project information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

Amended service to and from London Cannon Street / London Charing Cross on Monday 1 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

All routes to and from London Cannon Street / London Charing Cross

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Cannon Street and New Cross / Charlton and also between Hither Green and Petts Wood, closing some lines.

No trains will run to and from London Cannon Street.

A reduced service will run to and from London Charing Cross.

Buses will operate between Lewisham and Orpington.

Buses will run between New Cross and Charlton via Greenwich.

Trains that usually run between London Charing Cross and Ramsgate / Dover Priory will be amended to run to and from London Victoria.

Trains between London Charing Cross and Hastings will be diverted via New Beckenham.

An amended service will run between London Charing Cross and Hayes. Some services will be amended to run between New Cross and Hayes only.

Additional services will run between New Cross and Dartford via Woolwich.

Bromley North to Grove Park services will not run. Customers may use local bus routes 261 and 162 between Bromley North and Grove Park.

Please note - In addition to this, Southeastern are running a Saturday service today because of the Bank Holiday.

Ticket acceptance:

You may use your ticket on:

  • Docklands Light Railway services between Lewisham and Greenwich
  • London Buses on routes 225 and 273 between Lewisham and Hither Green
  • London Underground services between London Cannon Street and London Bridge and on the Jubilee line.
  • London Overground between New Cross and Canada Water

 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads via Bath Spa from 22:15 on Monday 1 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Paddington and Cardiff Central

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads, closing some lines.

The 22:15 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central services will be diverted between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads, not calling at Chippenham or Bath Spa. Connecting bus services will run from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads, calling at these stations.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended 21:15 London Paddington to Swansea service on Monday 1 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

London Paddington to Swansea

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Pontyclun, closing all lines.

The 21:15 London Paddington to Swansea will be retimed to leave earlier than usual and will be diverted between Cardiff Central and Bridgend.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton on Monday 1 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

From Birmingham New Street to Northampton

Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugby and Long Buckby, closing some lines.

The 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service will terminate at Coventry. You will need to take the 23:31 Coventry to London Euston service to Rugby. A bus will then run from Rugby to Northampton, calling at Long Buckby.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains via Lewes on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date30/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria / Haywards Heath and Ore / Eastbourne and also between Brighton and Seaford

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work is taking place between Haywards Heath and Seaford / Polegate, closing all lines.

Customer advice

On Sunday and Monday, buses replace trains between Haywards Heath and Lewes and between Lewes and Polegate / Seaford.

On Sunday buses will also replace trains between Lewes and Brighton.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service to and from London Paddington from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Routes to and from London Paddington

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington and also between Slough and Twyford, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

An amended service will run to and from London Paddington.

Stopping services between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington will not run. Some stopping services between London Paddington and Reading will also be cancelled.

Trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Connecting bus services will run to and from these stations via Slough.

Trains between London Paddington and Greenford will not run. Customers are advised to use London Buses and London Underground services to travel between these stations.

Trains between Cheltenham Spa and London Paddington will be amended to run between Cheltenham Spa and Swindon only.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Buses and London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

No Southern services to / from London Bridge from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

All Southern routes to / from London Bridge

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between London Bridge and Tulse Hill / New Cross Gate closing some lines.

All weekend, Southern services will not run to or from London Bridge.

On Monday, buses will run between London Bridge and Tulse Hill via Peckham Rye.

Monday

A half hourly service will run between Tulse Hill and Tattenham Corner via Crystal Palace.

Trains that usually run between London Bridge and Horsham will be amended to run between London Victoria and Three Bridges only

Customers travelling to / from London Bridge via Sydenham are advised to use London Underground between London Bridge and Canada Water and London Overground between Canada Water and Crystal Palace / West Croydon.

A half hourly service will run between Tulse Hill and West Croydon via Streatham Common.

Trains that usually run between London Victoria and London Bridge will be amended to run between London Victoria and Beckenham Junction.

Services between London Bridge and Uckfield will be amended to run between East Croydon and Uckfield.


Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Maidenhead and Marlow

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Maidenhead and Marlow, closing the lines.

Buses will replace trains between these stations.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Swindon and Westbury from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Swindon and Westbury

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

The line between Newbury and Westbury is closed all weekend and services that usually run on this route are being diverted via Swindon.

As a result of this, trains between Swindon and Westbury will be retimed.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Reduced service between London Victoria and Brighton / Epsom / Gatwick Airport on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date30/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Southern between London Victoria and Brighton / Epsom and also between London Bridge East Croydon.

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Balham and East Croydon closing some lines.

Customer advice

Gatwick Express trains will run half hourly as follows:

Trains will depart London Victoria on the hour and 30 minutes past.

Trains will depart Gatwick Airport at 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour.

Southern trains are reduced between London Victoria and Brighton / Epsom.

As a consequence of this engineering work, buses will replace trains between London Bridge and Streatham Common via Peckham Rye.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Horsham from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Southampton Central / Portsmouth Harbour

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Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Three Bridges and Horsham, closing all lines.

Customer advice

Buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Horsham.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

No trains between Newbury and Westbury from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Paddington and Plymouth / Penzance

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Newbury and Bedwyn, closing the lines.

Trains will not run between Newbury and Westbury.

Buses will run between Newbury and Bedwyn, calling at Kintbury and Hungerford.

Trains between London Paddington and Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance will be diverted via and call additionally at Swindon.

Customers travelling to / from Pewsey are advised to travel to Swindon on the diverted services and change for a bus service that will run directly between Swindon and Pewsey.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Wigan North Western and Preston from 11:30 on Saturday 29 April until 11:55 on Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Northern between Liverpool Lime Street and Preston / Blackpool North

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail; Virgin Trains
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Wigan and Leyland, closing some lines. Engineering work is taking place at multiple locations on the West Coast Main Line over the Bank Holiday weekend. You will not be able to travel directly between Wigan and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

Northern services between Liverpool Lime Street and Preston / Blackpool North will be replaced by buses between Wigan North Western and Preston.

TransPennine Express will not run between Manchester and Preston all day on Sunday. On Monday, trains will run between Manchester and Preston only until 12:00. After 12:00, trains will run between Manchester and Carlisle / Lancaster.

All day on Sunday, Virgin Trains will run between London Euston and Crewe only. On Monday, trains will run between Birmingham New Street and Preston.

Please note - Engineering work is also affecting services between:

 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

 

Amended Gatwick Express service on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date30/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Gatwick Express

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Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Balham and East Croydon, closing some lines.

Customer advice

A half hourly Gatwick Express service will operate as follows:

Trains will depart London Victoria on the hour and 30 minutes past.

Trains will depart Gatwick Airport at 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Preston and Carlisle from 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Virgin Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place at multiple locations on the West Coast Main Line over the Bank Holiday weekend. You will not be able to travel directly between Preston and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh.

TransPennine Express - between Manchester and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

On Sunday, trains will not run on this route. You will need to use Northern services between Manchester and Preston then replacement bus services between Preston and Carlisle.

On Monday, until 11:50 services will run between Manchester Airport and Preston / Lancaster. Buses will run between Preston / Lancaster and Carlisle. After 12:00, trains will run between Manchester Airport and Carlisle.

Virgin Trains - between London Euston and Glasgow Central and Edinburgh

From 12:15 on Saturday until midday on Monday, trains will run between London Euston and Crewe only.

Buses are also replacing trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh all weekend. There will be no direct bus services, so if you are travelling from Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme or Penrith to Scotland, you will need to change buses at Carlisle.

Further information about the engineering work taking place on the West Coast Main Line:

 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended services to / from Liverpool Lime Street via Liverpool South Parkway from 12:00 Saturday 29 April and until 12:00 Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

London Midland between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street

TransPennine Express between Scarborough and Liverpool Lime Street.

Northern between Manchester Airport / Southport / Preston and Liverpool Lime Street.

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains; First transPennine Express; London Midland; Northernrail; Virgin Trains
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Acton Bridge and Liverpool South Parkway on Saturday and between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street on Sunday and Monday closing various lines.

Customer advice

Merseyrail are not affected by any of this engineering work.

Saturday only, Northern and TransPennine Express are not affected.

London Midland services are replaced by buses between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway. Customers should use Merseyrail trains between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Central to complete their journey.

Virgin Trains services are diverted between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester Piccadilly (not calling) and will not call at Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway. Customers for Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway should use London Midland rail services then replacement buses between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway.

East Midlands Trains and TransPennine Express services are diverted between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street calling additionally at Newton-le-Willows. A connecting bus service will run between Newton-le-Willows and Warrington Central and Widnes.

Customers should use alternative services between Manchester Oxford Road and Birchwood and Merseyrail services between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Central.

Northern services are replaced by buses between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Dorchester West / Wool and Weymouth on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date30/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Great Western Railway between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth

South West Trains between London Waterloo and Weymouth

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Train operator affected First Great Western; Southwest Trains
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Dorchester West / Dorchester South and Weymouth closing the line.

Customer advice

Buses replace trains between Dorchester West / Wool and Weymouth.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Camden Road and Stratford on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Clapham Junction / Willesden Junction and Stratford

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Camden Road and Stratford, closing all lines.

Customer advice:

Trains will not run between Camden Road and Stratford. A rail replacement bus service will run between Camden Road and Stratford, calling at all stations.

On Sunday, please note that between 13:00 and 19:00, customers should use local buses between Camden Road and Highbury & Islington. This is due to local road works closing the road restricting access to these stations.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

No trains between Shepherds Bush and Willesden Junction from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Clapham Junction and Stratford

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Shepherds Bush and Willesden Junction closing the line.

Customer advice

No trains will run between Shepherds Bush and Willesden Junction.

Customers should use local buses on any reasonable route between Shepherds Bush and Willesden Junction.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Salford Crescent from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Northern between Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street / Blackpool North / Barrow-in-Furness and also between Manchester Victoria and Clitheroe / Blackpool North.

TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester Victoria.

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester Victoria and Salford Cresent closing the lines.

Customer advice

Buses replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Salford Crescent. The following alterations will also apply:

Northern on Saturday and Monday

Trains between Huddersfield and Blackpool North will not run between Manchester Victoria and Bolton. Customers should use alternative trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton.

Trains between Huddersfield and Wigan Wallgate will run between Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria.

Trains between Blackburn and Wigan Wallgate via Todmordon will run between Blackburn and Manchester Victoria via Todmorden.

Trains between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street.

Trains between Manchester Victoria and and Southport / Kirkby will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Southport / Kirkby.

Trains between Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street will run to an amended timetable.

Sunday

Trains between Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North / Wigan Wallgate are diverted to run between Manchester Oxford Road and Blackpool North / Wigan Wallgate.

Trains between Manchester Victoria and Clitheroe are diverted to run between Manchester Oxford Road and Clitheroe.

TransPennine Express

Trains between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street that run via Manchester Victoria, will run between Newcastle and Manchester Piccadilly. Customers should use other TransPennine Express trains to / from Liverpool Lime Street.

Therefore a reduced service will run between Manchester and Liverpool Lime Street.

On Monday, the 00:45 Manchester Airport to York and 04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle services will be amended to start from Manchester Victoria. Connecting bus services will run from Manchester Airport to Manchester Victoria, calling at Manchester Piccadilly.

The 01:38 and 02:52 York to Manchester Airport services will be diverted to terminate at Manchester Victoria. Connecting bus services will run from Manchester Victoria to Manchester Airport, calling at Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will be retimed to run later than usual, this service will be diverted via an alternative route, not calling at Manchester Victoria.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Ipswich and Cambridge / Norwich each night from Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date05/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Norwich and between Ipswich and Cambridge.

Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Each night from 23:55, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Stowmarket and Norwich / Elmswell with 1 line closed.

Customer advice

The following alterations will apply:

The 20:00 / 21:00 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich will terminate at Ipswich. There is no alternative transport between Ipswich and Norwich.

The 20:30 / 21:30 / 22:30 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich will have journey times extended between Diss and Norwich by up to 25 minutes as the trains pass the work site.

The 23:30 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich is replaced by a bus between Ipswich and Norwich.

The 22:00 Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street will start from Ipswich a right time. A bus will run between Norwich and Ipswich at 22:00 but will NOT connect with the train. There is no forward connecting transport.

The 23:05 Norwich to Ipswich is replaced by a bus throughout.

The 20:44 / 21:44 / 22:44 Cambridge to Ipswich are replaced by buses between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

22:19 Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds is replaced by a bus throughout.

Check before you travel:

Customers should check before commencing journeys and allow for extra journey times for the bus / train connection. Replacement bus times may differ from the advertised train times.

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere from Saturday 29 April until 12:00 on Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Preston and Windermere

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Oxenholme Lake District area, closing the lines.

Buses will replace trains between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

Buses replace trains between Lancaster and Morecambe / Grange-over-Sands / Bentham from Saturday 29 April until 10:50 on Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Leeds / Lancaster / Preston and Morecambe / Barrow-in-Furness

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Carnforth and Grange-over-Sands and also between Oxenholme and Lancaster / Morecambe, closing all lines.

Trains between Leeds and Morecambe will be amended to run between Leeds and Bentham only. Buses will run between Bentham and Carnforth, calling at Lancaster and Morecambe.

Trains between Lancaster / Preston and Barrow-in-Furness will be replaced by buses between Lancaster / Preston and Grange-over-Sands

From 20:30 on Saturday, until 10:50 on Monday, buses will replace trains between Lancaster and Morecambe.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 1 to Friday 5 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date05/05/2017
Route affected

Various Great Western Railway routes

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work at various locations across the Great Western Railway network, closing some lines.

Customer advice

Monday to Thursday

The 23:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Frome is retimed to depart earlier at 22:52 arriving at Frome 23:51.

The 23:36 Swindon to Cheltenham Spa is diverted via Bristol Parkway (not calling). A bus will run between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa calling at all stations.

The 20:21 Weymouth To Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Westbury. There is a forward rail connection to Bristol Temple Meads.

Tuesday to Thursday

The 00:08 Marlow to Maidenhead is replaced by a bus throughout.

The 00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading is replaced by a bus between Twyford and Reading.

From 22:15 each night, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow.  Customers should travel via Slough for connecting bus service to / from Burnham and Taplow.

The 22:15 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads / 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central are diverted and will not call at Chippenham or Bath Spa. Buses will run between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads calling at Chippenham and Bath Spa.

21:15 / 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea are replaced by buses between Neath and Swansea.

Wednesday to Friday

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

Friday

From 23:45, trains will not call at Pangbourne. Customers should use the replacement  bus service between Tilehurst and Pangbourne. Customers from Pangbourne travel by bus to Tilehurst for connecting train service.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended Northern services from Monday 1 to Friday 5 May
Start date01/05/2017
End date05/05/2017
Route affected

Various Northern routes

Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work at various locations on the Northern network closing various line.

Customer advice

Monday to Thursday

The 23:08 Wakefield Westgate to Knottingley is replaced by a bus throughout.

The 23:27 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street is replaced throughout.

The 23:38 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly is replace throughout.

Tuesday to Friday

The 04:40 / 05:18 Preston to Colne are replaced by buses between Preston and Blackburn.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Amended service between Tottenham Hale / Stratford and Stansted Airport / Hertford East on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date30/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Greater Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Hertford East / Broxbourne / Bishops Stortford / Cambridge and also between Stratford and Bishops Stortford.

Stansted Express between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia; Stansted Express
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Tottenham Hale and Cheshunt, closing all lines between these stations.

Customer Advice:

On Sunday and Monday, trains will not run between Tottenham Hale and Cheshunt. All services will be diverted via Seven Sisters. Customers should use local stations on the Seven Sisters route, which are within walking distance.

Customers travelling to and from Lea Bridge should use TfL buses between Lea Bridge and Stratford / Hackney Downs. 

Until 06:00 on Sunday, buses will replace trains between Cheshunt and Bishops Stortford. Direct buses will also run between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

CANCELLED - Engineering work between Harrogate and Knaresborough from Saturday 29 April until Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Leeds and York via Harrogate

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Customer advice

The engineering work scheduled to take place between Harrogate and Knaresborough has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route.

Planning your Journey

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

No trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield / Ingatestone / Billericay on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Greater Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Ipswich / Norwich / Clacton-on Sea / Braintree

TfL Rail between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield

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Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Crossrail works are taking place in the Shenfield area, closing all lines.

Greater Anglia

Over the Bank Holiday trains will not run between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone / Wickford.

Buses will operate between Newbury Park (tube station) and Ingatestone / Wickford.

You may use the London Underground Central Line between London Liverpool Street and Newbury Park.

TfL Rail

There is no rail service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Buses are operating between Stratford and Romford (calling all intermediate stations) and between Newbury Park (tube station) and Shenfield via Chadwell Heath (calling all stations). You may use London Underground between London Liverpool Street and Startford and between London Liverpool Street and Newbury Park.

Check before you travel

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

You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Project Information:

Crossrail, which is now known as the Elizabeth Line, will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new tunnels under central London and will bring faster journey times, new trains and improved accessibility.

No trains between Romford and Upminster from Saturday 29 April until Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between Romford and Upminster

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Romford and Upminster, closing all lines.

Customer Advice:

No trains will run between Romford and Upminster.

Customers may use local bus services via all reasonable routes.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Buses replace trains between Barking / Chafford Hundred and Pitsea via Grays from Saturday 29 April until Monday 1 May
Start date29/04/2017
End date01/05/2017
Route affected

Between London Fenchurch Street and Grays / Southend Central / Southminster

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Train operator affected C2C Rail Limited
Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Barking and Grays via Rainham and between Chafford Hundred and Pitsea via Grays, closing the lines.

Customer Advice:

Buses are replacing trains between Barking and Grays and between Chafford Hundred and Pitsea via Grays.

Purfleet station level crossing is closed from 29 April so bus services will serve Stonehouse Corner roundabout and The Garrison Estate rather than Purfleet station.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Major improvement works between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central until Sunday 18 June
Start date03/01/2017
End date18/06/2017
Route affected

Between Chester / Ellesmere Port / West Kirby / New Brighton and Liverpool Central

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Train operator affected Mersyrail
Description

Network Rail are carrying out essential renewal work on the city centre underground sections of the Wirral line. This means that Wirral Line trains will not be able to serve Moorfields, Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central stations. At certain times, trains towards Liverpool will be unable to travel beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North.

The track in the underground 'loop', which forms the one way section of the Wirral line under Liverpool city centre, was built in the 1970s, and has been well maintained by Network Rail and its predecessors. But 40 years on, the concrete that supports the track in the single bore tunnels needs to be replaced. To minimise disruption, Network Rail is also taking the opportunity to replace the track under the riverbed between James Street and Hamilton Square at the same time.

Customer Advice:

Phase 1

Completed on time.

Phase 2

Until Monday 29th May

Wirral Line trains will run as far as James Street on weekdays. At the weekends, trains will run only as far as Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. However, on bank holiday weekends, and the Saturday of the Grand National, they will run to James Street.

Weekdays you should use local bus route 10a between James Street and Liverpool Central calling at Moorfields.

Customers travelling between James Street and Moorfields may find it quicker, if able, to walk between these two stations. Walking time is approximately 10 minutes.

Weekends buses will operate between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central, calling at Moorfields.

Phase 3

From Tuesday 30th May until Sunday 18th June

There will again be no Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool.

Buses will operate between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central, calling at Moorfields.

If you are travelling between the South Wirral and North Wirral Lines, you should use the shuttle service that is operating between Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. This service calls at Birkenhead Park, Conway Park and Hamilton Square.

Demand for Merseyrail services is higher in the summer than in the winter, and while we understand there is never a good time to carry out this sort of work, the dates have been chosen to affect the minimum number of journeys possible. By undertaking all the work in one go, Network Rail can complete the track renewals quicker, and avoid a situation where time is wasted moving heavy machinery into and out of the narrow city centre tunnels.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on local buses by using use the Traveline website

Replacement buses & Bicycles:

Merseyrail are running a 'Bike Bus', which is a vehicle that can carry bikes and owners together. The Bike Bus will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool at key times during Wirral loop line track renewal for customers travelling with bikes. More information on this can be found here.

Further information on the rail replacement bus services can be found here.

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

All routes via London Bridge

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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.

Long term changes

Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.

Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

More information will be released when available, including travel advice.

Further information


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 some weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, London 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 London Charing Cross / London 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 Southeastern. 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

Until January 2018

Most trains to and from London Charing Cross will be able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)

Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.

During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:04 and 09:17

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:37 and 18:03

During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below

For a full list of major service changes visit 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

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:

  • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
  • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
  • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
  • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
  • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

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

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at London 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.

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