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It’s always worth checking your route before you travel on any mode of transport. Things can change in a moment, especially in severe weather, and the unforeseen delays are usually the trickiest to clear due to the simple fact they can’t be planned for. But with our up-to-the-minute bulletin board below, you can at least plan around them.

Engineering work for:

All planned work

Last update: 30/08/2014 14:42

No direct trains between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and London Marylebone on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between Aylesbury Vale Park and London Marylebone (via Amersham)

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Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Great Missenden and Amersham with all lines closed.

One train per hour will run between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham.

An hourly connecting bus service will run between Amersham and Beaconsfield for trains to / from London.

Oystercard holders are reminded to tap in their Oystercards before boarding the bus at Amersham.

For stations between Amersham and Harrow-on-the-Hill passengers should use London Underground services.

Planning your Journey

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

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

Engineering work affecting London Underground on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Jubilee Line and Metropolitan Line

Train operator affected London Underground
Description

Jubilee Line

No trains will run between Waterloo and Stanmore. Because of this there will be no interchange at West Hampstead.

Metropolitan Line

No trains will run between Aldgate and Northwood / Uxbridge. Because of this there will be no interchange at:

  • Amersham
  • Chalfont & Latimer
  • Chorleywood
  • Farringdon
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill
  • London Kings Cross
  • London Liverpool Street
  • London St Pancras International
  • Moorgate
  • Rickmansworth
  • London Euston (Euston Square

Planning your Journey

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Amended East Midlands services from 21:30 on Saturday 30 and all day on Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between London St Pancras International and Derby / Nottingham also between Corby and Kettering

Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

 Engineering work is taking place between Kettering, Leicester and Sileby closing some lines.

Trains will not call at Market Harborough or Leicester.

Replacement buses will run between Market Harborough and Loughborough, Kettering and Leicester and also Corby and Kettering.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey from 19:30 Saturday 30 until 13:00 Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

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Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Watford Junction and Kings Langley closing all lines.

Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

Planning your Journey

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Engineering work between Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

London Overground between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction.

Southern between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

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Train operator affected London Overground; Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia with all lines closed.

London Overground trains, will run between Kensington Olympia and Willesden Junction (High Level). Tickets will be accepted on London Buses between Clapham Junction and Kensington Olympia.

Southern trains will not run between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.. Passengers are advised to travel to London Victoria for London Underground services to London Euston, then London Midlands services to Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

Planning your Journey

To get options for your journey on London Buses, London Underground, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

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

Buses replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge on weekends from Saturday 30 August to Sunday 28 September 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

First TransPennine Express - trains between Liverpool Lime Street and York / Newcastle via Manchester Victoria.

Northern Rail - trains between Blackpool North and Huddersfield.

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge closing the line.

First TransPennine Express on Saturday, are diverted to start / terminate at Manchester Piccadilly. Passengers should use other trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly.

On Sunday, an hourly service will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Huddersfield via Manchester Piccadilly and will not call at Manchester Victoria.

Passengers should use Metrolink between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

Saturday and Sunday, Northern Rail trains are replaced by buses between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

This engineering work does not take place on Saturdays 20 and 27 September. Trains will run to a normal timetable on both days.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Plumstead and Dartford on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date30/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between London Charing Cross and Dartford / Gillingham, and between London Cannon Street and Slade Green / Dartford / Barnehurst, also London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street via Sidcup.

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Plumstead and Slade Green with all lines closed.

Buses replace trains between Plumstead and Dartford calling at all stations.

London Charing Cross to Gillingham services are diverted to call additionally at Eltham and Bexleyheath and not call at Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal and Abbey Wood.

London Cannon Street (Saturday) circular via Sidcup and Greenwich will terminate at Sidcup.

Passengers to use Dockland Light Railway between Lewisham and Greenwich, and local bus route 380 between Blackheath and Charlton.

Planning your Journey

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

To get options for your journey on London Buses and Docklands Light Railway, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

Major improvement works at London Bridge from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date23/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

All First Capital Connect and Southern routes to / from London Bridge.

Train operator affected First Capital Connect; Southern Rail
Description

In 2007, Network Rail started the £6.5 billion Thameslink Programme. When completed in 2018, trains will run every 2-3 minutes in each direction through central London at the busiest times.

With new track and new spacious trains, which will be longer and more energy-efficient, more reliable journeys will be possible with direct links to three major airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton) and St Pancras International.

Work has already started on rebuilding London Bridge station. When completed, London Bridge will have more through and longer platforms and a bigger concourse to cope with the 54 million passengers that go through each year.

Between Saturday 23 August and Sunday 31 August, part of London Bridge station will be closed and no First Capital Connect or Southern services will be calling at London Bridge. Southeastern services will be able to call as normal.

This will also affect Southern services to and from London Victoria and some other Southern routes, where an alternative timetable is running on most routes.

During this phase, Train Operating Companies are working together to minimise the inconvenience to passengers. Further information is available from First Capital Connect, Southern, Southeastern, Transport for London and the Thameslink Programme websites. This will also highlight where alternative routes can be taken and any ticket acceptance that is in place.

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Reduced Gatwick Express service from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date23/08/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Train operator affected Gatwick Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place at London Bridge with all lines closed.

Gatwick Express will be running an amended half-hourly services as follows (except Sundays):

London Victoria to Gatwick Airport departing at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.

Gatwick Airport to London Victoria departing at 05 and 35 minutes past each hour.

On Sunday 24 August a normal Gatwick Express service will run.

On Sunday 31 August the 03:30 and 04:30 London Victoria to Gatwick Airport and the 01:35 and 04:35 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria services will not run. Replacement buses from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport will depart at 03:30 and 04:30 and from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria at 01:35 and 04:35. From 05:00 Gatwick Express will run a normal train service.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Doncaster and Lincoln from Monday 18 to Saturday 30 August 2014
Start date18/08/2014
End date30/08/2014
Route affected

Between Doncaster and Lincoln

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the Gainsborough area closing the line.

Buses replace trains between Doncaster and Lincoln (no Sunday service).

Planning your Journey

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Major improvement works between Bolton and Preston from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date19/07/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

All routes through Chorley.

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Train operator affected First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Over the next 5 years Network Rail is working with their partners to deliver over £1bn of investment, which will enable faster, more frequent services to run across the north of England. Part of this investment is to electrify the line between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston via Chorley.

In addition to tunnel work at Chorley, several road bridges in the Chorley area will be rebuilt and it is planned to reinstate the Grade II listed 'Chorley Flying Arches' which were removed in the summer of 2008.

As a result of this, the line between Chorley and Leyland will be closed from Saturday 19 July to Sunday 31 August 2014

Once work has been completed, this will enable quieter, cleaner electric trains to be introduced and an increase in passengers seats and faster journey times.

First TransPennine Express

Services between Manchester Piccadilly / Oxford Road and Blackpool North / Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere are diverted between Bolton and Preston and will not call at Horwich Parkway, Chorley and Buckshaw Parkway.

On Saturdays and Sundays, passengers should use Northern Rail replacement buses between Bolton and Preston

Midweek, buses will run between Bolton and Preston calling at Horwich Parkway and Chorley only. Passengers to / from Buckshaw Parkway should use Northern Rail replacement buses.

Northern Rail

On Saturdays and Sundays, buses replace trains between Bolton and Preston.

Midweek, buses replace trains between Chorley and Preston.

Planning your Journey

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Refurbishment of Selby Swing Bridge from Sunday 27 July until Sunday 7 September 2014
Start date27/07/2014
End date07/09/2014
Route affected

All routes through Selby.

Train operator affected East Coast Trains; First Hull Trains; First transPennine Express; Northernrail
Description

Selby Swing Bridge was built in 1889 and carries the railway over the River Ouse.

Between Sunday 27 July and Sunday 07 September 2014, Network Rail will be carrying out refurbishment work on the bridge costing £8 million pounds. Once the work is completed the structure should be maintenance free for 25 years and will enable trains to run at the normal line speed, removing a long standing speed restriction.

During this period of time no trains will be able to run between Selby and Hull.

First TransPennine and Northern Rail services are replaced by buses between Selby and Hull.

East Coast services are diverted between Doncaster and Hull via Goole. Buses will run between Doncaster and Selby.

First Hull Trains services are diverted between Doncaster and Hull calling additionally at Goole. Buses will run between Selby and  Howden / Goole.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains to and from Redditch until Sunday 31 August 2014
Start date06/07/2014
End date31/08/2014
Route affected

Between Redditch and Birmingham New Street / Lichfield Trent Valley.

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Train operator affected London Midland
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Redditch and Barnt Green closing the line.

On Mondays to Saturdays, buses replace trains between Redditch and Longbridge.

On Sundays, buses replace trains between Redditch and Barnt Green. 

For passengers travelling to and from Alvechurch station, the replacement bus pick up point is from the Alvechurch Red Lion Pub.

Planning your Journey

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Buses replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Town until Summer 2015
Start date15/02/2014
End date08/05/2015
Route affected

Trains between Oxford and Bicester Town

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Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Chiltern Railways in partnership with Network Rail, are investing £130 million in building a new rail link between Oxford and London Marylebone.

This will include:

  • Laying almost a mile of new track between Bicester Town to just south of Bicester North to join the main line between Birmingham and London Marylebone
  • Renewal of existing track and signalling equipment 
  • A new station between Oxford and Islip called Oxford Parkway

From summer 2015 Chiltern Railways will introduce a new service between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway.

From spring 2016 these services will begin to run from the centre of Oxford. For further information please click here or here.

To allow this improvement work to take place the line between Oxford and Bicester Town will be closed until summer 2015, as a result buses will replace trains between Oxford and Bicester Town.

Planning your Journey

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

Overnight engineering work between West Ealing and Hanwell from 21:30 to 05:00 each night Monday to Thursday from 11 February 2013 to 05:00 Friday 26 December 2014
Start date10/02/2013
End date31/12/2014
Route affectedLondon Paddington, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington & Heathrow Airport T123 and London Paddington, Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway & Greenford / ReadingView Map
Train operator affected First Great Western; Heathrow Connect
Description

This engineering work is associated with the London Crossrail project. Further information regarding this can be found here.

As a result of this works the last trains to call at Hanwell are:

  • 21:03 London Paddington to Heathrow Airport T123
  • 21:27 Heathrow Airport T123 to London Paddington


Customers are advised to travel by train to and from Ealing Broadway and use bus services 427, 207, E8 or 83 as replacements for withdrawn train services. Customers travelling to Hanwell from Reading and Intermediate stations are advised to alight at Southall. Bus service 195 from the station front runs regularly between Southall High Street and Hanwell.

The last trains to call at West Ealing are:

  • 21:46 Greenford to London Paddington
  • 21:15 London Paddington to Greenford


Customers are advised to travel by train to and from Ealing Broadway and use bus services 427, 207, E8 or 83 as replacements for withdrawn train services.

The last trains to call at Acton Main Line are:

  • 21:42 London Paddington to Reading
  • 23:24 Heathrow Airport T5 to London Paddington


Customers are advised to travel to North Acton Underground station via Ealing Broadway on the Central Line and use bus 266 as a replacement for withdrawn train services.

Alternatively Customers travelling from London after 21:48 to Acton Main Line can also travel on the 21:57 and 23.00 Reading services to Ealing Broadway and take the 22:17 and 23:30 London Paddington services to Acton Mainline.

Tickets are valid for this alternative route for TfL Buses and London Underground.

Heathrow Express services are not affected by this engineering work.

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

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