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

Service Disruptions

Last update: 21/12/2014 15:14

Buses replace trains between Kilwinning and Largs / Ardrossan Harbour until at least 16:30
Incident created21/12/2014 14:19
Last updated21/12/2014 15:14
Route affected

ScotRail between Glasgow Central and Largs / Ardrossan Harbour

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Train operator affected First ScotRail
Description

Overhead wire problems near Kilwinning means buses are replacing trains between Kilwinning and Largs / Ardrossan Harbour.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 16:30.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #KilwinningTrains

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

Delays between London Euston / Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central until at least 17:00
Incident created21/12/2014 14:41
Last updated21/12/2014 15:04
Route affected

London Midland between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Crewe / Stoke-on-Trent

Southern between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Manchester Piccadilly / Glasgow Central

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Train operator affected London Midland; Southern Rail; Virgin Trains
Description

Over-running engineering works near Berkhamsted means journeys are being delayed by up to 30 minutes between London Euston / Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central.

Alternative travel options

London Midland passengers may use London Overground services between London Euston and Watford Junction.

Southern services will not operate between Shepherds Bush and Watford Junction. Passengers are advised that tickets will be accepted on London Overground services between Shepherds Bush and Watford Junction. 

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 17:30.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #BerkhamstedTrains

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

National Rail Enquiries

Current Engineering Work

Last update: 21/12/2014 15:14

London Bridge redevelopment service changes from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
Start date20/12/2014
End date05/01/2015
Route affected

All routes London Bridge

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Train operator affected Gatwick Express; London Overground; Southeastern Trains; Southern Rail
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 work is due to be completed in 2018.

The next period of major service change is from 20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015. Some changes taking place to services will remain in operation until completion of the work in 2018.

London Bridge Underground station and the surrounding area remains open and alternative routes will be available so that all customers will be able to complete their journeys.

From 21:00 Christmas Eve, services will start to reduce with no services on Christmas Day and a very limited service will run on Boxing Day.

Further information regarding this redevelopment work can be found here.

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

Gatwick Express

Because other services are being diverted to/from London Victoria and to assist with platform capacity, Gatwick Express trains will run to every half hour on Saturday 20, Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 December, Saturday 27, Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 December 2014, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 January 2015 as follows:   

London Victoria to Gatwick Airport trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour.

Gatwick Airport to London Victoria trains will depart at 05 and 35 minutes past each hour.

A normal service will run on Sundays 21 and 28 December 2014, Thursday 1 January and Sunday 4 January 2015. 

Thursday 25 December 2014 - Christmas Day - No Gatwick Express services will run.

Friday 26 December 2014 - Boxing Day - A half hourly Gatwick Express service will run as follows:

London Victoria to Gatwick Airport trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour from 05:00 until 22:00.

Gatwick Airport to London Victoria trains will depart at 00 and 30 minutes past each hour from 06:00 until 23:00. 

Also on Boxing Day, Gatwick Express services will call at East Croydon.

London Overground

At peak times, a more frequent service will run between Canada Water and Crystal Palace only. Outside peak hours the service will be extended to run  to/from Dalston Junction.

From Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 December, buses will run between Canada Water and New Cross, calling at Surrey Quays and Deptford Bridge (DLR).

Thameslink

No trains will call at London Bridge or Redhill.

Trains between Bedford and Brighton are diverted between London Blackfriars and East Croydon calling additionally at Elephant & Castle. Journey times are extended by up to 15 minutes. Because of restrictions on the diversionary route trains will run with fewer carriages.

Southeastern

Between 07:54 and 09:01on Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 December the following alterations will apply:

Trains to London Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge. At all other times trains will be able to call at London Bridge.

Some trains will be diverted to start / terminate at London Blackfriars and will call additionally at Elephant & Castle.

Trains between Bedford and Rochester/Ashford International will only run between London Blackfriars and Rochester/Ashford International.

Southern

No trains will run to/from  London Bridge. Some services are diverted to / from London Victoria.

Trains that run between London Bridge and Norwood Junction / Peckham Rye will not run.

Trains will run to a revised timetable across the whole of the Southern network.

All the services that normally start/terminate at London Bridge and run via Peckham Rye will start/terminate at South Bermondsey, except on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 December when trains will start/terminate at Tulse Hill.

Ticket Acceptances

During this redevelopment work passengers will be accepted on Docklands Light Railway, London Buses, London Overground, London Underground, South West Trains, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and Tramlink on any reasonable route.

Services are expected to be much busier than usual and passengers are urged to check their journeys before travelling as the majority of journeys are now likely to involve at least one change.

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 Docklands Light Railway, London Buses, London Undergroundand Tramlink, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

Retimed 08:00, 09:06 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street

Train operator affected First transPennine Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Durham and Darlington, with various line closures.

The 08:00 and 09:06 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street services will depart 15 minutes earlier from both Newcastle and Durham.

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains between Clapham Junction and Epsom / Chessington South / Hampton Court / Kingston until 08:00 on Sunday 21 December
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Waterloo and Hampton Court /Chessington South / Guildford / Shepperton via Kingston

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Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Wimbledon and New Malden, closing some lines.

Until 08:00, buses will replace trains between Clapham Junction / Wimbledon and Chessington South / Epsom / Kingston / Hampton Court. This is likely to extend journey times by up to 25 minutes.

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 Guildford and Reading until 08:30 on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between Gatwick Airport and Reading

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Wokingham and Guildford, closing the line.

The 06:03 and 07:03 Reading to Gatwick Airport services will be replaced by buses between Reading and Guildford.

The 06:10 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will be replaced by a bus between Guildford and Reading.

The 07:10 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will be retimed after Guildford to run approximately 17 minutes later than usual.

Planning your Journey

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

 

Amended service between York and Church Fenton on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between York and Hull / Sheffield / Blackpool North.

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Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between York and Church Fenton, closing some lines.

The 08:12 York to Blackpool North service will be replaced by a bus between York and Church Fenton.

The 11:46 and 14:20 Hull to York services will call additionally at Church Fenton but will not call at Ulleskelf.

The 13:54 York to Hull service will not call at Ulleskelf.

Connecting bus services will be provided between York and Church Fenton, calling at Ulleskelf.

Planning your Journey 

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

Amended service to and from London Charing Cross on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

All routes to and from London Charing Cross

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between London Bridge and New Cross and between Chislehurst and Orpington, closing some lines.

Trains which usually run to and from London Charing Cross will be diverted to start / terminate at London Cannon Street.

A train shuttle service will run every 15 minutes between London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street calling at London Waterloo East.

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains between Maidstone East and Ashford International on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Victoria and Ashford International

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Maidstone East and Ashford International, closing the line.

Buses replace trains between Maidstone East and Ashford International, calling at all stations.

Trains between London Victoria and Ashford International will terminate at Maidstone East.

Planning your journey

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

Buses replace trains between Faversham and Ramsgate on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Victoria / London St Pancras International and Ramsgate

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Faversham and Ramsgate, closing the line.

Two bus services will run between Faversham and Ramsgate. One calling at all stations, the other calling at Margate, Broadstairs and Dumpton Park.

London Victoria to Ramsgate / Dover Priory services will not detatch at Faversham. They will run to run to Dover Priory only.

London St Pancras International to Margate services will terminate at Ramsgate.

Planning your journey

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

Buses replace trains between Lewisham and Hayes on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Charing Cross and Hayes

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Lewisham and Hayes, closing some lines.

Buses will run between Lewisham and Hayes.

London Charing Cross to Hayes services will not run.

London Cannon Street to Dartford via Bexleyheath services will call additionally at St Johns.

London Cannon Street to Gillingham services will call additionally at New Cross.

Planning your journey

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

Buses replace trains between Charlton and Dartford via Plumstead on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date20/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street and Gillingham via Plumstead.

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Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Charlton and Slade Green, closing the line.

London Charing Cross to Gillingham services will be diverted to run via Bexleyheath. On Sunday, these services will start from London Cannon Street.

London Cannon Street to Slade Green services will not run.

London Cannon Street to Dartford via Woolwich services will terminate at Charlton.

London Bridge to Plumstead services will terminate at Charlton.

On Sunday, London Charing Cross to Dartford via Woolwich services will be diverted to start from London Cannon Street and terminate at Charlton

Buses will run between Charlton and Dartford via Woolwich.

Passengers may use Docklands Light Railway between Lewisham and Greenwich

Planning your journey

To get options for your journey on Docklands Light Railway, 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

Amended service to and from London Paddington on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date20/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

All routes to and from London Paddington

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Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place on various parts of the route between London Paddington and Tilehurst / Reading West.

An amended service will run to and from London Paddington. Some trains will be retimed to depart / arrive earlier or later than usual and will call at different stations to the normal timetable.

Trains which usually run between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa will only run between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa.

Trains between London Paddington and the West of England, normally travelling via Newbury, will be diverted via Swindon and not call at Newbury or Pewsey. Most of these services will call additionally at Swindon.

Buses will run between Swindon and Pewsey.

Some services between London Paddington and Reading / Oxford will not call at Burnham or Taplow. A connecting bus service will run between Slough and Taplow.

On Sunday, the 06:38 Maidenhead to London Paddington service will start from Slough. A bus will run between Reading and Slough to connect with the train service.

On Sunday, the 22:37 London Paddington to Bristol Parkway will be diverted to terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. A connecting bus service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.

Planning your journey

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

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

Amended service between Reading and Basingstoke / Bedwyn on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date20/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

CrossCountry between Southampton Central and Newcastle and between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly.

First Great Western between Reading and Basingstoke / Bedwyn and between London Paddington and Penzance also between Swindon and Westbury..

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Reading and Reading West with various line closures.

CrossCountry

Services that usually run between Southampton Central and Newcastle will run between Reading and Newcastle only.

On Saturday and after 15:30 on Sunday, services that usually run between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted and not call at Reading. These services will call additionally at Reading West to connect with a bus service between Reading and Reading West.

Until approximately 15:30 on Sunday, Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly services will be diverted via Guildford and not call at Southampton Airport Parkway, Winchester or Basingstoke. Buses will run between Reading and Basingstoke and passengers should then use other train operators services to / from Basingstoke.

First Great Western

An amended service will run between London Paddington and the West of England. Services that usually run via Newbury, will be diverted via Swindon and not call at Newbury or Pewsey. Most of these services will call additionally at Swindon. As a result of this local trains between Swindon and Westbury will run to an amended timetable.

On Saturday and after 16:00 on Sunday, an hourly service will run between Reading West and Basingstoke to connect with a bus service between Reading and Reading West.

Until 16:00 on Sunday, buses will replace trains between Reading and Basingstoke.

On Saturday, a limited service will run between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn. Buses will run between these stations to supplement the train service.

Until 22:00 on Sunday, an amended service will run between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn.

After 22:00 on Sunday, buses will replace trains between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn.

Planning your Journey

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

No Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express service until 06:30 on Sunday 21 December 2014
Start date21/12/2014
End date21/12/2014
Route affected

Between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport Terminals 4 and 5

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Train operator affected Heathrow Connect; Heathrow Express
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Southall and Reading, closing 2 out of the 4 lines.

The 06:12 service from London Paddington to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 will leave London Paddington 15 minutes later than usual at 06:27.

The following services will not run:

05:12 and 05:28 London Paddington to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

06:07 Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 to London Paddington

05:10, 05:25, 05:40, 05:55 and 06:10 London Paddington to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

05:03, 05:18, 05:33, 05:48 and 06:03 Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 to London Paddington.

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey (extended to / from St Albans City) until the end of service on Sunday 28 December 2014
Start date29/11/2014
End date28/12/2014
Route affected

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 St Albans Abbey closing the line.

Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey (extended to / from St Albans City). The pick up point for St Albans City will be at the bus station at the front of the railway station .

Planning your Journey

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

No trains calling at Hamilton Square until Friday 27 March 2015
Start date29/09/2014
End date31/03/2015
Route affected

Wirrall Line services to and from West Kirby, New Brighton, Ellesmere Port or Chester

Train operator affected Mersyrail
Description

Hamilton Square will be closed for refurbishment with trains not calling until Friday 27 March 2015. 

This is part of a continuing project to renovate all of Merseyrail's underground stations, with Liverpool Central overhauled in 2012 and Liverpool Lime Street and James Street, in 2013. Moorfields will be refurbished next year.

As part of the £4 million refurbishment programme platforms, walkways and the upper concourse area are all being redeveloped, giving an improved and altogether more enjoyable travel experience.

During this closure, trains will still travel through Hamilton Square station, but will not stop.

Passengers travelling towards West Kirby or New Brighton are advised to use Conway Park station and passengers travelling towards Chester or Ellesmere Port to use Birkenhead Central station. Passengers travelling towards Liverpool can use either station.

More information can be found here

Planning your Journey

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

The changes for 27 December are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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

Between Oxford and Bicester Town

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Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

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

This will include:

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

From 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.

Journey Planner

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 the replacement buses, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

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