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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: 04/03/2015 12:22

Disruption between Nottingham and Grantham until at least 13:00
Incident created04/03/2015 11:00
Last updated04/03/2015 12:22
Route affected

Between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich and between Nottingham and Skegness

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Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

Following a line side fire near Netherfield, trains are once again able to run between Nottingham and Grantham. However, trains may still be delayed by up to 20 minutes while services return to normal.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 13:00.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Netherfield

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

The line between Leamington Spa and Banbury will reopen on Friday 13 March 2015
Incident created31/01/2015 15:01
Last updated04/03/2015 12:08
Route affected

Chiltern Railways services between Birmingham Snow Hill / Birmingham Moor Street / Stratford-upon-Avon and London Marylebone

CrossCountry services between Manchester Piccadilly / Newcastle and Bournemouth / Reading / Guildford

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Train operator affected Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry Trains
Description

A landslip has occurred between Leamington Spa and Banbury. It is unsafe for trains to run between these stations. Images of the landslip and a further description can be viewed here.

Following extensive repair work by Network Rail engineers, the line will reopen on Friday 13 March.

Until Friday 13 March, buses are replacing trains between Leamington Spa and Banbury.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag: #BanburyTrains

Chiltern Railways are running trains between Birmingham Moor Street / Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa and between Banbury and London Marylebone.

CrossCountry trains that usually run between Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Leamington Spa, and between Banbury and Bournemouth.

CrossCountry trains that usually run between Newcastle and Southampton Central will run between Newcastle and Leamington Spa.

Rapid buses are running between Leamington Spa and Banbury. Although this means some journeys could take 30-45 minutes longer than normal, we recommend you travel using this route as in most cases this will offer the simplest and quickest option to complete your journey.

This amended service will run until Friday 13 March when a normal timetable will resume.

Planning your journey

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

The Journey Planner is currently showing:

  • Chiltern Railways services correctly up to and including Thursday 12 March with the exception of Sunday 8 March.  The timetable for Sunday 8 March for London - Banbury - Stratford - Birmingham - Kidderminster can be found here and London - Amersham - Aylesbury can be found here
  • On Sunday 8 March, a minibus will run between Banbury and Bicester.  The timetable can be found here
  • CrossCountry services correctly up to and including Thursday 12 March.
  • A normal service will run on Friday 13 March, the Journey Planner is currently incorrect. Train times will be available in the Journey Planner tomorrow, Thurday 5 March.

 

Alternative travel options

Chiltern Railways passengers may use CrossCountry services on reasonable routes.

Chiltern Railways existing season tickets to London will be valid on Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston until further notice.

Chiltern Railways existing season tickets routed 'via High Wycombe' will be accepted on First Great Western services between Honeybourne and London Paddington until further notice.

Delays between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads until at least 12:30
Incident created04/03/2015 10:39
Last updated04/03/2015 11:24
Route affected

CrossCountry between Penzance / Paignton and Manchester Piccadilly / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central

First Great Western between Penzance and London Paddingon / Cardiff Central

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Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; First Great Western
Description

Trains are now able to run between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads following a signalling problem. Residual delays of up to 30 minutes are expected between these stations until approximately 12:30

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #Worle

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

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Current Engineering Work

Last update: 04/03/2015 12:22

Amended East Midlands Trains services each night from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some East Midlands Trains routes

Train operator affected East Midlands Trains
Description

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

Monday - Thursday

21:00 London St Pancras International to Derby will run later from Loughborough onwards.

21:26 London St Pancras International to Nottingham will run later from Loughborough onwards.

21:29 London St Pancras International to Derby will run later from Leicester onwards.

22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham will run later from Leicester onwards.

22:25 London St Pancras International to Sheffield will run later from Leicester onwards.

23:10 Nottingham to Leicester will arrive approximately 5 minutes later than usual.

23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby will run later from Wellingborough onwards.

Tuesday - Friday

00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester will run later from Kettering onwards.

04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International will run earlier from Leicester, Kettering and Wellingborough.

05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street will depart Nottingham earlier at 05:09.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Abellio Greater Anglia services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some Abellio Greater Anglia routes

Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Abellio Greater Anglia network with the following trains amended:

Monday to Wednesday

20:00 and 21:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will terminate at Ipswich. Passengers should use alternative services for Norwich.

22:00 Norwich to London Liverpool Street is replaced by a bus between Norwich and Ipswich.

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

20:30, 21:30, 22:30 and 23:30 London Liverpool Street to Norwich will have journey times extended by up to 10 minutes.

Monday to Thursday

05:00 Norwich to London Liverpool Street will leave Norwich earlier at 04:05.

After 23:25 services between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt will be diverted and will be unable to call at stations between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt via Seven Sisters. Passengers may use other local stations or use replacement buses.

After 23:25 buses replace trains between London Liverpool Street and Enfield Town.

After 23:25 buses replace trains between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt via Seven Sisters.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended London Overground 23:10 Dalston Junction to West Croydon service from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

From Dalston Junction to West Croydon

Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Engineering work is taking place between New Cross Gate and West Croydon. The following train is amended:

The 23:10 Dalston Junction to West Croydon service will be diverted to terminate at Crystal Palace.

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 Upminster and Pitsea / Grays from 22:30 each night Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date05/03/2015
Route affected

Between London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central / Shoeburyness

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Train operator affected C2C Rail Limited
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Upminster and Pitsea / Grays closing all lines.

From approximately 22:35 each night, buses replace trains between Upminster and Pitsea via Laindon and between Upminster and Grays via Ockendon.

Trains between London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central / Shoeburyness will be diverted via Rainham and will run to an amended timetable.

Passengers may use their tickets on London Underground services between Barking and Upminster.

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 Underground, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

Amended First Great Western services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some First Great Western routes

Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

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

Monday - Wednesday

22:45 London Paddington to Swansea will depart stations from Bristol Parkway onwards up to 20 minutes later than usual.

Monday -Thursday

20:27, 20:57, 21:29, 21:56, 22:27, 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford. 21:21, 21:51, 22:52 Oxford to Reading and also the 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne. Passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst.

21:36, 23:49 London Paddington to Reading and 21:56, 22:27 London Paddington to Oxford and also 22:17, 22:48, 23:15 Reading to London Paddington will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Passengers should use connecting buses via Slough.

From approximately 21:15 each night buses replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn.

Tuesday - Friday

04:00 Oxford to London Paddington will not call at Pangbourne. Passengers should use connecting buses via Tilehurst.

00:14 Henley-on-Thames to Reading will terminate at Twyford.

00:34 London Paddington to Reading and 00:15 Reading to London Paddington will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Passengers should use connecting buses via Slough.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Arriva Trains Wales services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some Arriva Trains Wales routes

Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales
Description

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

Monday - Thursday

20:17 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly is replaced by a bus between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

22:35 Manchester Piccadilly to Shrewsbury will be diverted and will not call at Wilmslow. A replacement bus will run from Stockport to Crewe calling at Wilmslow.

Planning your journey

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

Amended South West Trains services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some South West Trains routes

Train operator affected Southwest Trains
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place across parts of the South West Trains network with the following trains amended:

After 19:00 (Monday to Thursday) services between London Waterloo and Weymouth are replaced by buses between Wareham and Weymouth, extending journey times by approximately 25 minutes.

23:05 (Monday to Thursday) London Waterloo to Poole is replaced by a bus between Bournemouth and Poole, extending journey times by approximately 25 minutes.

23:45 (Monday and Tuesday only) London Waterloo to Portsmouth & Southsea is replaced by a bus between Haslemere and Portsmouth & Southsea, extending journey times by approximately 30 minutes.

00:09 (Tuesday to Friday) London Waterloo to Guildford is replaced by a bus between Weybridge and Guildford, extending journey times by approximately 25 minutes. Passengers for Guildford may travel on the extended 00:15 London Waterloo to Epsom.

01:05 (Tuesday to Friday) London Waterloo to Southampton Central is diverted after Surbiton to terminate at Guildford. A bus will run from Guildford to Southampton Central, extending journey times by approximately 70 minutes.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Northern Rail services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected
Some Northern Rail routes
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place across parts of the Northern Rail network with the following trains amended:

Monday - Thursday

22:04 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe is replaced by a bus between Wilmslow and Crewe.

22:48 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly is diverted and will not call at Stockport. A bus will run from Chinley to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Stockport.

22:56 Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly will start from Stockport. A bus will run from Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly, setting down only from Stockport onwards.

23:04 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge is replaced by a bus between Stockport and Alderley Edge.

23:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton is replaced by a bus between Stockport and Buxton.

23:12 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly will start from Stockport. A bus will run from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly, setting down only from Stockport onwards.

23:27 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street is replaced by a bus between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe is replaced by a bus between Stockport and Crewe.

Tuesday - Friday

00:44 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly is replaced by a bus throughout.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Southern services each night from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015
Start date02/03/2015
End date06/03/2015
Route affected

Some Southern routes

Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Overnight engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Southern network with the following trains amended:

23:54 (Monday to Thursday) London Victoria to London Bridge is diverted after Crystal Palace to terminate at Norwood Junction. A bus will run from Crystal Palace to London Bridge.

23:04 (Monday to Thursday) London Bridge to Uckfield is replaced by a bus between Oxted and Uckfield.

23:24 (Monday to Thursday) London Victoria to East Grinstead is replaced by a bus between Oxted and East Grinstead.

22:32 (Monday to Thursday) London Victoria to Chichester is diverted after Barnham to terminate at Bognor Regis. A bus will run from Barnham to Chichester.

Planning your Journey

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

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

All routes via London Bridge

Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

As part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

Travelling at the weekend

Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

On most weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

During periods of time when Charing Cross / Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For details full details visit http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/your-journey/engineering-work/. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

Longer term changes

Thameslink services which run through Central London will, from 5 January 2015, not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

Southeastern services to and from London Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge between 12 January 2015 and August 2016. As well as the impact to Southeastern and Thameslink services, Southern and South West Trains passengers will not be able to interchange onto Southeastern Charing Cross services at London Bridge.

For a full list of major service changes visit http://www.thameslinkprogramme.co.uk/key-dates-and-service-changes/

Planning your Journey

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

Alternative routes and travel advice

The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as follows:

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes.
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination
  • Look at the other options available at the London end of your journey, for example walking from your final station stop to get where you want to go. It's often quicker to walk between stations in and around London Bridge than many people think. The Thameslink Programme has produced walking maps to help you map out the options for you. You could also consider cycling or using the bus.
If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

The accepted routes are:

  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on Jubilee Line and on bus services (services 381 and RV1)
  • Between London Bridge and Charing cross on Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern Lines and on bus services (services RV1 and 15)
  • Between Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on District/Circle and on bus services (service 15)
  • Between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge on Northern Line and on bus services (service 35, 40, 133 & 343)
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge and on bus services (service 17 (Blackfriars North), 381 & RV1 (Blackfriars South)

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

Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to Charing Cross or Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo/Southwark. These recommended routes are shown here

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here

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

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

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