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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: 24/02/2017 07:26

Disruption to London Midland services caused by Storm Doris
Incident created23/02/2017 10:24
Last updated24/02/2017 07:26
Route affected

 London Midland services

Train operator affected London Midland
Description

London Midland are advising customers to check your journey before you travel. This advice is applicable across the whole network. Your ticket dated yesterday will be accepted on services today, Friday 24 February.

The following services are being disrupted today, Friday 24 February:

  • Lichfield Trent Valley / Birmingham New Street and Redditch - Services are suspended until 13:00 - Replacement road transport is in operation. You may use your ticket on CrossCountry services between Birmingham and Tamworth. You may also use National Express West Midlands on reasonable routes.
  • St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction- are being replaced by road transport until 09:00. You may also use Arriva buses on route 321.
  • Worcester / Birmingham Snow Hill / Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa - trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed.
  • Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed.

 

Some trains will not be in their planned locations in the morning of 24 February. As a result some alterations may take place for some early morning trains, ticket acceptance may be put in place on local bus services or road transport may be arranged.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption between Balham and Norwood Junction expected until 10:00
Incident created24/02/2017 05:27
Last updated24/02/2017 07:19
Route affected

Between Balham / Selhurst / Three Bridges / Redhill / Epsonm and London Victoria / Milton Keynes Central

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Train operator affected Gatwick Express; Southern Rail
Description

Following engineering works not being finished on time between Balham and Norwood Junction the line has now reopened.

Impact:
Train services running through these stations are returning to normal. Disruption is expected until 10:00 24/02.

Customer Advice:
Network Rail who maintain the track, have informed us that they expect to have the work finished and reopened by 06:30

Tickets will be valid on :

  • TFL Buses between Balham and Norwood Junction.
  • London Underground between Balham and London Bridge
  • Thameslink services on any reasonable route, but please beware that Thameslink services are being affected too.
  • Southeastern between Beckenham Junction and London Terminals.
  • London Overground between West Croydon / Crystal Palace and Canada Water

 

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #Balham

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption to CrossCountry services caused by Storm Doris
Incident created24/02/2017 07:05
Last updated24/02/2017 07:07
Route affected

CrossCountry services

Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains
Description

Storm Doris caused disruption to services across the CrossCountry network yesterday.

The following incidents are affecting journeys:

University - Damage to the overhead electric wires means that services may be cancelled or diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham New Street. University will not be served. This is expected until 11:00.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption to Arriva Trains Wales services caused by Storm Doris
Incident created23/02/2017 10:08
Last updated24/02/2017 06:53
Route affected

Arriva Train Wales services

Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Storm Doris caused disruption to services across the Arriva Trains Wales network yesterday. Network Rail will be carrying out checks of the line overnight and this morning. As a result, the following services are affected: 

The following routes are affected:

  • Llandudno - Blaenau Ffestiniog (Buses will replace trains until start of service on Saturday)
  • Wrexham Central - Bidston (Buses will replace trains until start of service on Saturday)
  • Heart of Wales Line Trains will not run on this route (Buses will replace trains until start of service on Saturday)

 

Ticket dated yesterday will be valid for travel today Friday 24 February.

Due to damage sustained by a number of trains on Thursday 23rd February caused by striking trees and other debris blown onto the railway, other Arriva Trains Wales services may operate with fewer coaches than usual. Additionally some services may be altered as a result of the trains undergoing repairs.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

Feedback:
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Disruption to Southern and Gatwick Express services caused by Storm Doris expected until 10:00
Incident created23/02/2017 10:33
Last updated24/02/2017 06:41
Route affected

Southern services

Train operator affected Gatwick Express; Southern Rail
Description

Due to severe weather earlier:

Impact:

Train services running across the whole Southern network are returning to normal but some services may still be delayed by up to 10 mins. Disruption is expected until 10:00

Customer Advice:
Due to very high winds leading to several instances of objects on the line yesterday, it's expected all of the Southern routes will be open for service, but with the displacement of  trains, there is likely to be a number of short formed services. Southern apologise for any inconvienence this may cause this morning.

 

Incidents yesterday included the following:

  • Trees on the line at Whyteleafe Sydenham, Ewell East, Holmwood, Oxted, Edenbridge Town, New Cross Gate, Tadworth, Sutton and Streatham Common
  • An oil drum on the line and a level crossing fault affecting the Redhill area.
  • Plastic sheeting on the line at Shepherd's Bush
  • Tree on the line at Streatham Common
  • Tree on the line at Crawley.

 


Customers with tickets for the 23rd February who have been unable to travel due to disruption are advised that their tickets will be accepted for travel today (24th February)

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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No trains between Romford and Upminster until approximately 08:00
Incident created24/02/2017 06:14
Last updated24/02/2017 06:30
Route affected

Between Romford and Upminster

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Train operator affected London Overground
Description

A tree on the line at Emerson Park means that trains are unable to run between Romford and Upminster. We anticipate a good service to resume from 08:00.

You may use your ticket on London Underground, DLR and London Buses.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #EmersonPark

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption to Virgin Trains services caused by Storm Doris
Incident created23/02/2017 10:44
Last updated24/02/2017 04:59
Route affected

Virgin Trains services

Train operator affected Virgin Trains
Description

Storm Doris caused disruption to services across the Virgin Trains network yesterday. As a result services will continue to be cancelled and delayed today, Friday 24 February, because of train displacement. This is expected to continue until 12:00.

Any customer that did not travel due to the disruption may use their ticket on services for the booked route at any time today before 14:00, or at any time on Saturday 25th February 2017

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption to services caused by Storm Doris across the country today, 24 February
Incident created21/02/2017 17:26
Last updated24/02/2017 04:57
Route affected

Various routes

Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales; Greater Anglia; London Midland; Southern Rail; Stansted Express; Virgin Trains
Description

Storm Doris caused disruption across various parts of Great Britain yesterday. As a result some routes may still be disrupted today, Friday 24 February.

You can find information on the impact this may have on your journey today from the links below (by train operating company):

Arriva Trains Wales

Great Northern

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

London Midland

Southern

Thameslink

Virgin Trains

Train companies not listed above are planning to run a normal service today, Friday 24 February.

Please check back as updates will be provided here, as they become available.

Twitter:
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Disruption to Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services caused by Storm Doris
Incident created23/02/2017 10:22
Last updated24/02/2017 03:11
Route affected

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express services

Train operator affected Greater Anglia; Stansted Express
Description

Storm Doris caused disruption to services across the Greater Anglia and Stansted Express network yesterday. Listed below are the services that are expected to be disrupted today, Friday 24 February:

    • Safety checks of the line need to be carried. As a result, the first service on every route on the Greater Anglia and Stansted Express network is expected to be cancelled.
    • Norwich to Sheringham via Cromer - Trains will be suspended on this routes until 14:00. A bus will run between Norwich and Sheringham. You may also use Sanders Coaches on routes 5, X44 and X55.
    • West Anglia - It is not yet known how trains on this route will be affected. You are advised to check back closer to the time of travel

     

    Trains on the East Anglia route are expected to run normally with exception to the first trains.

    Tickets for yesterday will be accepted today, Friday 24 February. Other ticket restrictions for today have been lifted. 

    Twitter:
    If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #StormDoris

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

    Compensation:
    You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

    Feedback:
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    National Rail Enquiries

    Current Engineering Work

    Last update: 24/02/2017 07:26

    Buses replace midweek over night trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton from Monday 13 February to Thursday 23 March
    Start date13/02/2017
    End date24/03/2017
    Route affected

    London Midland services between Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street and between Walsall and Wolverhampton

    Virgin Trains between London Euston and Wolverhampton

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    Train operator affected London Midland; Virgin Trains
    Description

    From Monday to Thursday each week until Thursday 23 March, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton closing various lines.

    Customer advice

    From 20:30 each night,  buses replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.

    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 late night service between Bidston and Wrexham until 31 March
    Start date09/01/2017
    End date31/03/2017
    Route affected

    The 21:57 Wrexham Central to Bidston.

    The 22:56 Bidston to Wrexham General.

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    Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the route, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:

    Monday to Thursday

    The 21:57 Wrexham Central to Bidston service will terminate at Shotton High Level. A replacement bus service will operate between Shotton High Level and Birkenhead North.

    The 22:56 Bidston to Wrexham General will start at Shotton High Level, customers should use the replacement bus service that starts at Birkenhead North at 22:51.

    Friday

    The 22:56 Bidston to Wrexham General will not run and is replaced by a bus 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 service between Reading and Gatwick Airport from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Reading and Gatwick Airport.

    Train operator affected First Great Western
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Gomshall and Redhill from 23:00 each night, closing the line.

    Customer Advice:

    Monday to Thursday

    The 23:32 Reading to Gatwick Airport service will terminate at Guildford. A replacement bus will run from Guildford to Gatwick Airport.

    The 23:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will terminate at Redhill. A replacement bus will run from Redhill to Guildford, for a rail connection to Reading.

    Tuesday to Friday

    The 04:32 Reading to Gatwick Airport service will terminate at Redhill for a rail connection to Gatwick Airport. 

    The 05:56 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will start from Redhill. There is an earlier rail connection from Gatwick Airport to Redhill.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 TransPennine Express service between York and Manchester Airport each night from Monday 20 until Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Trains between Newcastle / York and Manchester Airport.

    Train operator affected First transPennine Express
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester Piccadilly and Dewsbury from 23:35 each night, closing some lines.

    Monday to Thursday

    The 23:15 Manchester Airport to York service will not call at Huddersfield. A bus will be provided to run between Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

    Early morning trains between York and Manchester Airport will be amended to run later or earlier than the normal timetable from Huddersfield.

    Tuesday to Friday

    The 01:38 and 02:52 York to Manchester Airport services will not call at Huddersfield but will call additionally at Brighouse. Bus replacements will run between Huddersfield and Brighouse.

    The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will start from Manchester Piccadilly. A replacement coach will run between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 22:47 London Victoria to Hastings service Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between London Victoria and Hastings

    Train operator affected Southern Rail
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out late night engineering work between Plumpton and Lewes, closing the line.

    Customer Advice:

    The 22:47 London Victoria to Hastings service will terminate at Eastbourne.

    A bus replacement will run from Eastbourne to Hastings calling at all stations.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 late night service to and from Penarth from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Penarth and Rhymney.

    Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Cardiff and Rhymney after 22:00, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:

    The 22:20 Penarth to Rhymney service terminates at Cardiff Central. A bus will operate between Cardiff Central and Rhymney.

    The 22:50 Penarth to Ystrad Mynach terminates at Cardiff Central. A bus will operate between Cardiff Central and Ystrad and between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 late night service between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly.

    Train operator affected Northernrail
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly from 23:35 each night, closing the line.

    Customer Advice:

    The 22:46 and 23:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield service will be bus replaced throughout.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 Chester and Holyhead from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Birmingham New Street and Holyhead / Chester / Llandudno Junction.

    Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Chester and Holyhead after 22:55 each night, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:

    The 22:52 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service terminates at Chester. A bus will operate between Chester and Holyhead. 

    The 04:38 Llandudno to Crewe service will start from Chester at 05:37. Customers should use alternative services

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 late night service between London Euston and Wolverhampton from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between London Euston and Wolverhampton.

    Train operator affected Virgin Trains
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Soho North Junction and Monmore Green from 21:50 each night, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:

    The 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will terminate at Birmingham New Street. 

    The 05:00 Tuesday to Friday Wolverhampton to London Euston service will start from Birmingham New Street.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 overnight service at Pangbourne from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between London Paddington and Reading / Oxford.

    Train operator affected First Great Western
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Reading and Didcot Parkway from 00:01 and 05:15, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

    Customer Advice:

    Monday to Thursday

    The 20:27, 20:57, 21:29, 21:56, 22:27 and 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford and the 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington and 21:21, 21:51 and 22:52 Oxford to Reading services will not call at Pangbourne. 

    Tuesday to Friday

    The 04:00 Oxford to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne

    Friday

    The 22:27 and 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford and the 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne.

    You may use the replacement bus between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 Brighton / Lewes overnight from Monday 20 and Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Southern services between London Bridge / London Victoria and Brighton / Lewes.

    Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton

    Train operator affected Southern Rail
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Three Bridges / Haywards Heath and Brighton from 00:40 until 05:00, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:

    Southern

    Buses replace trains between Three Bridges and Brighton / Lewes

    Thameslink

    The 21:52 and 22:22 Monday to Wednesday Bedford to Brighton service will terminate at Three Bridges. The 00:10 Tuesday to Thursday Brighton to Bedford service will start at Three Bridges.

    A replacement bus will run between Three Bridges and Brighton.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 05:49 Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate service from Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 February
    Start date21/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Cleethorpes and Newark North Gate.

    Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Barnetby area, closing some lines.

    Customer Advice:


    The 05:49 Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate service will start from Market Rasen and will not call at Grimsby Town, Habrough or Barnetby.

    A replacement bus will call at these stations and will connect with the train at Market Rasen.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 23:30 New Mills Central to Manchester Piccadilly service from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February
    Start date20/02/2017
    End date24/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between New Mills Central and Manchester Piccadilly.

    Train operator affected Northernrail
    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly from 23:35 until 05:15 each night, closing the line.

    Customer Advice:

    The 23:30 New Mills Central to Manchester Piccadilly service will be bus replaced throughout.

    Ticket acceptance:

    Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

    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 work between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South every weekend until Sunday 2 April
    Start date21/01/2017
    End date02/04/2017
    Route affected

    All routes to / from Blackpool North and Blackpool South

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    Train operator affected Northernrail
    Description

    As part of its investment in the north of England, Network Rail are spending more than £1 billion building a more reliable railway between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South, enabling better,  faster and cleaner journeys on a new fleet of electric trains. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

    As a result of this work the line will be closed between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South most weekends until Sunday 2 April inclusive.

    Customer Advice

    Buses will replace trains between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South except with the following alterations:

    On Saturday 18 February, trains will run between Preston and Blackpool South as well as between Preston and Blackpool North.

    On Sunday 19 February, trains will run from approximately 09:00 between Preston and Blackpool South; and trains will run from approximately 10:30 between Preston and Blackpool North.

    On Sunday 26 March, buses will replace trains between Blackburn and Blackpool South

    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.

    Check before you travel

    Due to engineering taking place at other location during some of the weekends, buses may be extended to run beyond Preston.

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

    Project Information

    Information regarding this improvement work can be found here with further information from Network Rail.

    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, 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 holidays 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:

    Until 24 March, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    From 25 March, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

    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.

    Buses replace trains between Carlisle and Armathwaite until 31 March
    Start date31/01/2016
    End date31/03/2017
    Route affected

    Trains between Carlisle and Leeds

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    Train operator affected Northernrail
    Description

    In January, poor weather conditions caused a landslip at Eden Brows, two miles north of Armathwaite. Work is ongoing to stabilise the landslip and repair damage to the track. The line is expected to reopen on 31 March.

    Background - an estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth have moved already and the embankment is still moving. Whilst monitoring the embankment, Network Rail have found a twist fault in the tracks caused by the ground movement. The slip is accelerating and the extent of this landslip means it is no longer safe to run trains on this section of railway.

    Customer Advice:

    The line between Carlisle and Armathwaite is currently closed in both directions. While work is taking place a replacement bus service will run between these stations.

    Buses will also run direct from Carlisle to Appleby.

    Passengers travelling from Carlisle to stations between Appleby and Leeds are advised to use the direct bus service to Appleby to cut journey times to Leeds.

    Additional buses will run between Penrith North Lakes and Appleby to connect with trains to / from Scotland.

    Your journey may take approximately 60 minutes longer.

    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 from Network Rail about the closure and ongoing work to this part of the iconic Settle & Carlisle line.

    No trains between Gospel Oak and Barking until Monday 27 February
    Start date04/06/2016
    End date26/02/2017
    Route affected

    Between Gospel Oak and Barking

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    Train operator affected London Overground
    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Gospel Oak and Barking, closing all lines from May 2016 up to and including Sunday 26 February 2017.

    Further work will be required on this line later this year. The impact this will have on your journeys will be advised on our engineering work pages as soon as it is available.

    Customer Advice:

    Buses will be provided between Gospel Oak and Seven Sisters and also between Walthamstow Central and Barking. Passengers should use London Underground between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central.

    Information on the buses, alternative travel routes and step-free access is available here.

    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.

    Check before you travel:

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

    Project Information:

    This project to electrify the line involves erecting overhead power lines on over 10 miles of track, altering the heights of bridges, and lowering tracks in a number of locations. Station platforms are being extended to allow new four-carriage electric trains to run. Further information can be found from Network Rail.

    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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