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Possible future disruption

Stay in the loop on planned works that could cause future delays and line closures right here. We work closely with Railtrack and the line operators to help keep you as informed as possible so you can work around any potential problems with the help of our alternative route planner.

Engineering work for:

All planned work

Last update: 18/08/2018 19:48

Amended overnight services between Earlswood and Gatwick Airport on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Earlswood and Gatwick Airport, closing some lines from Saturday evening until Sunday morning.

Southern:

From 01:00 until 05:50 on Sunday, services running between Purley and Gatwick Airport will be subject to extended journey times.

Thameslink:

The 23:05 Bedford to Three Bridges and the 23:35 Bedford to Brighton services will be subject to extended journey times between Redhill and Three Bridges / Brighton.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended 01:10 London Victoria to Brighton service on Saturday 18 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date19/08/2018
Route affected
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Hassocks and Preston Park overnight, closing some lines.

As a result, the 01:10 London Victoria to Brighton service on Saturday will run to an amended timetable between Haywards Heath and Brighton, extending journey times.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner. Services are expected to be uploaded by Friday 17 August, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Project Information:

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

Buses will replace trains between Lewes and Seaford from Saturday 18 to Monday 27 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date28/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southern Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Lewes and Seaford, closing the line.

Buses will replace trains between these stations from Saturday 18 to Monday 27 August, extending journey times by up to 40 minutes.

There will also be a reduced service between Brighton and Lewes during this time.

Bus timetables:

You can find the bus timetables in PDF form below:

Check before you travel:

For journeys up to and including Friday 24 August, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

For Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

If you require assistance please contact Southerns assisted travel team 24 hours before travelling.

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:

Network Rail engineers will be working to replace all signalling equipment between Lewes and Seaford with new, more reliable technology as part of a £20m signalling upgrade. The signal boxes at Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour will be closed, with control of the signalling in the area transferred to Network Rail's state-of-the-art Route Operating Centre (ROC) at Three Bridges.

The work being carried out around Lewes is part of the plan to provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers. The new signalling equipment will be far less likely to fail.

The improvements will allow triple the number of trains to use the line via Lewes as a diversionary route between Brighton and Haywards Heath when the main line is closed.

Engineering work taking place on various WEEKDAYS and most WEEKENDS between Reading and Newbury in 2018
Start date18/07/2018
End date31/12/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking place to electrify the lines between Newbury and Reading, in connection with the Great Western Route Modernisation major project.

Work will be taking place on various weekdays and most weekends up until the end of 2018.

The following dates will be affected by closures during weekdays:

  • Tuesday 28 August to Thursday 30 August
  • Monday 8 October to Thursday 11 October

Please note, the dates are subject to change.

How will this affect my journey?

Trains between Newbury and Reading will not run. An amended train service will run between Theale and Reading to help maintain connections.

Buses will be provided between the following stations:

  • Newbury / Thatcham and Reading (peak times only)
  • Newbury and Didcot Parkway (peak times only, change for connecting trains)
  • Newbury and Theale
  • Newbury and Bedwyn
  • Bedwyn and Reading (peak times only)
  • Bedwyn and Theale
  • Pewsey and Swindon (for connecting trains)
  • Pewsey and Westbury

To keep daytime work to a minimum, Network Rail will sometimes work during the night, especially at weekends. If you travel after 21:00 on weekends, and before 11:00 on Sundays, we strongly recommend checking your journey before you travel.

As long-distance High Speed Trains will be diverted via Swindon and Melksham, local stopping services between Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, and Trowbridge will be changed whenever the work at Newbury is taking place.

On Weekdays where the line is closed at Newbury, buses will be provided to run between Chippenham and Westbury in place of some trains. On Weekends, trains will continue to run but may depart at different times.

Ticket acceptance:

To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on alternative bus routes in both directions; these include:

  • JetBlack 1 between Newbury, Thatcham and Reading
  • Kennections 102 between Newbury and Thatcham
  • Thamesdown R20 / X22 between Marlborough and Hungerford
  • Salisbury Reds Activ8 between Amesbury / Tidworth and Andover / Salisbury
  • Salisbury Reds X5 between Salisbury, Pewsey and Swindon
  • Salisbury Reds 2 between Devises and Salisbury
  • Stagecoach 80 between Ludgershall, Tidworth and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 55 between Calne and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 49 between Trowbridge, Devises and Swindon
  • Thamesdown 46/46A/48/48A between Marlborough and Swindon

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling before Friday 12 October, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Accessibility:

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.

Great Western Railway use a mix of low-floor buses and non-accessible coaches to run replacement services. If you are not able to travel on one of the buses, Great Western Railway will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

It's best to let the train operator know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit Great Western Railway's Assisted Travel webpage. 

Project Information:

The Great Western Route Modernisation project is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 150 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford. This project is also part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.

Buses replace trains between Orpington and Sevenoaks on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Southeastern Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Orpington and Sevenoaks closing the line.

Replacement buses will run between Orpington and Sevenoaks with some buses extended to run to / from Tonbridge.

Trains that normally run to / from Hastings / Ramsgate / Dover Priory via Sevenoaks and Tonbridge will be diverted, amended or cancelled.

Check before you travel:

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 London Paddington and Reading from 23:50 on Saturday 18 and all day on Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected First Great Western
Description

Engineering work is taking between Hayes & Harlington and Twyford, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

No trains will call at Burnham from 23:50 on Saturday, and all day on Sunday. Customers should use replacement bus services between Slough and Burnham.

Trains will be re-timed and run to an amended timetable to and from London Paddington all day on Sunday.

Check before you travel:

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford. This project is also part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.

The Crossrail Project is building the Elizabeth line to link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London. This will increase London's rail capacity, cut passenger journey times across the city, encourage regeneration and generate significant employment opportunities.

No Chiltern Railways service between Kidderminster and Birmingham Moor Street on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Chiltern Railways
Description

Engineering work at London Euston means Chiltern Railways services will be amended.

Trains will not run between Kidderminster and Birmingham Moor Street.

An hourly service will operate between London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway.

The local service between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon will not run, and buses will replace trains.

Trains will not call at Hatton or Lapworth, a replacement bus service will operate between Warwick Parkway and Dorridge.

Ticket acceptance:

You may use West Midlands Railway services to help complete your journey.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended service between Crewe and Shrewsbury / Chester on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Arriva Trains Wales; Virgin Trains
Description

Track maintenance is taking place between Crewe and Shrewsbury / Chester, closing various lines.

Arriva Trains Wales

All weekend, buses will replace trains between Crewe and Chester. Please allow for an extended journey time.

From 22:05, trains between Shrewsbury and Chester via Crewe will be amended with some trains diverting via Wrexham. Buses will be provided between Shrewsbury and Crewe for onwards connections to Chester.

Virgin Trains

Trains will operate between Crewe and Holyhead and are diverted between Crewe and Chester, extending journey times by up to 50 minutes. London Euston is also closed this weekend. Customers are to use alternative services between Crewe and London. More details can be found here.

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling with Virgin Trains, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

If you are travelling with Arriva Trains Wales, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Tracks are the rails on which the trains run and include the points that allow the trains to switch tracks. There are over 20,000 miles of track on the railway network. Just like the roads and motorways need resurfacing the rails and points require renewal and regular maintenance to ensure they meet the stringent safety standards on the railway. This means that trains can operate safely and reliably.

No trains at London Euston on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected London Overground; Southern Rail; Virgin Trains
Description

Major engineering work is taking place at London Euston, closing the station all weekend.

No trains will arrive or depart London Euston.

Caledonian Sleeper

On Sunday night, trains will depart from London Kings Cross and be diverted via the East Coast Mainline.

Information regarding Friday night services can be found here

London Northwestern Railway

A special half-hourly train service will run between Hemel Hempstead and Northampton. Trains will operate between Northampton and Crewe / Birmingham New Street.

Buses will operate between Stanmore (London Underground) and Hemel Hempstead, calling at Watford Junction, Kings Langley and Apsley.

Customers travelling to / from central London can use:

  • Jubilee Line between Wembley Park and Stanmore
  • Metropolitan Line between Euston Square and Wembley Park

For more information, please visit here.

London Overground

No trains will run between London Euston and Watford Junction. Buses will run between Queen's Park, Harrow & Wealdstone and Watford Junction.

Customers can use London Buses or London Underground services between London Euston and Queen's Park via any reasonable route.

Southern:

Services between East Croydon / Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes will not run between Shepherds Bush and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

Customers should use alternative Southern service to / from London Victoria, London Underground services by any reasonable route between London Victoria and Stanmore, and on London Northwestern Railway bus services between Stanmore and Milton Keynes Central via Hemel Hempstead.

Virgin Trains

No trains will run to and from London Euston. You are advised to use alternative routes from London Marylebone, London St Pancras International and London Kings Cross.

Bus connections will be in operation between Kettering and Rugby to allow you travel on East Midlands Trains services to and from London St Pancras International.

An amended timetable will run as follows:

  • An hourly service between Milton Keynes Central and Scotland / Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Piccadilly
  • An hourly service between Preston and Glasgow Central
  • An hourly service between Rugby and Manchester Piccadilly via Birmingham New Street
  • Trains between London Euston and North Wales will run between Crewe and Holyhead only

Virgin Trains ticket acceptance: 

Customers travelling between London and Birmingham can use Chiltern Railway services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street.

Customers travelling between London and Rugby can use East Midlands Trains services between London St Pancras and Kettering. Replacement buses will run between Kettering and Rugby.

Customers travelling between London and Manchester can use London North Eastern Railway services between London Kings Cross and Leeds, and TransPennine Express services between Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly.

Customers travelling between London and Glasgow Central can use London North Eastern Railway services between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh.

Check before you travel:

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

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

No London Overground service between South Tottenham and Barking on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August
Start date18/08/2018
End date20/08/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected London Overground
Description

Electrification work is taking place between South Tottenham and Barking, closing the line.

No trains will run between South Tottenham and Barking.

Buses will run between Walthamstow Central (for Victoria line and London Overground connections between London Liverpool Street and Chingford) - Leyton Midland Road - Leytonstone High Road - Wanstead Park - Woodgrange Park - East Ham (for District line and Hammersmith & City line) - Barking.

Ticket acceptance:

To help with your journey, you may also use local buses between South Tottenham and Walthamstow Queen's Road.

You may also use London Underground services between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central, and also between East Ham and Barking.

Check before you travel:

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

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Network Rail are carrying out work to electrify the Gospel Oak to Barking route as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. This programme of works doubles the current capacity for passengers on the line and improve air quality for people who live and work near the railway.

Major improvement work at Derby station from Sunday 22 July to Sunday 7 October
Start date22/07/2018
End date08/10/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected CrossCountry Trains; East Midlands Trains; Northernrail
Description

As part of the Midland Mainline upgrade, major engineering work is taking place at Derby station. This includes the building of a new platform, re-laying 17 km of track to reduce bottlenecks, building new signals and laying 150,000 tonnes of new ballast. 

Passenger numbers at Derby have doubled in the last 20 years. This upgrade is an unique opportunity to upgrade a 50 year old track layout to increase capacity and improve reliability. More details on the work at Derby can be found here.

As a result, there will be significant changes to services that normally run to, from or via Derby.

 

CrossCountry:

Scotland / North East England and Birmingham New Street:

Between Sunday 22 July and Sunday 2 September, CrossCountry services running between Scotland / North East England and Birmingham New Street will be diverted, with journey times being extended by up to 30 minutes. No CrossCountry services will call at Derby station.

From Monday 3 September to Sunday 7 October, CrossCountry services will call at Derby station, however journey times on services between Scotland / North East England and Birmingham New Street will be extended by up to 30 minutes.

Nottingham and Birmingham New Street:

Between Sunday 22 July and Sunday 2 September, CrossCountry services between Nottingham and Birmingham New Street will be largely unaffected by these diversions. Please note that these trains will not call at Spondon or Long Eaton. During this period, no CrossCountry services will call at Derby station.

Replacement buses will run between:

  • Derby and Burton-on-Trent
  • Derby and Chesterfield
  • Derby and Nottingham

From Monday 3 September to Sunday 7 October, an hourly train service will operate between Birmingham and Nottingham via Derby.

 

East Midlands Trains:

Derby to Crewe:

Services between Derby and Crewe will be replaced by a bus service between Derby and Uttoxeter from 22 July to 2 September. A train service will operate between Uttoxeter and Crewe.

Derby to London St Pancras:

From 30 July until 7 October there will be no direct train services between Sheffield and Derby, with the exception of the 3 trains listed below. Replacement buses will run between Chesterfield and Derby.  

The following 3 train services will run:

  • 22:01 Sheffield to Derby
  • 23:21 Sheffield to Derby
  • 05:40 Sheffield to London St Pancras International

 

From 30 July to 7 October, one train per hour will run between Sheffield / Chesterfield and London St Pancras, and one train per hour will run between Derby and London St Pancras.

Between 13 and 19 August there will be no direct trains between Derby and London St Pancras. Replacement buses will run between Derby and East Midlands Parkway to connect with train services to / from London St Pancras.

Derby to Matlock:

From 30 July to 24 August, train services will run between Derby and Matlock only. No through services will run between Matlock and Nottingham.

Between 25 August and 7 October, no trains will run between Derby and Matlock. Replacement buses will run between these stations.

Derby to Nottingham:

From 30 July to 2 September, no trains will run between Derby and Nottingham. Replacement buses will run between Derby and Nottingham.

From 3 September to 7 October, a train service will operate between Derby and Nottingham.


Northern:

Northern services running to / from Derby will be re-timed throughout this period of engineering work.

 

Check before you travel:

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Bicycles:

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

Amended weekend service between Ipswich and Felixstowe until Autumn 2019
Start date26/05/2018
End date29/09/2019
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Greater Anglia
Description

Major engineering work is taking place between Ipswich and Felixstowe, until Autumn 2019.

Most weekends, from 18:50 on Saturday, and all day on Sunday, trains will be cancelled. A replacement bus service will operate between Ipswich and Felixstowe, calling at all stations.

There will also be replacement buses running on bank holiday weekends.

Check before you travel:

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

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

The Felixstowe branch line serves the Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the UK. Network Rail are planning to build an additional track and make changes to six level crossings in the Trimley area.

Building the additional track will help increase the capacity of the Felixstowe branch line and take lorries off the road. It will also mean more reliable journeys for passengers traveling between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

EVERY WEEKEND buses replace Northern trains between Manchester and Preston / Wigan Wallgate via Salford Crescent until Sunday 4 November
Start date17/02/2018
End date04/11/2018
Route affectedView Map
Train operator affected Northernrail
Description

Major engineering work is taking place in the Salford Crescent area as part of the Great North Rail Project, closing all lines every weekend until Sunday 4 November 2018.

To allow engineers to access the railway, the routes between Manchester and Wigan Wallgate (via Salford Crescent and Atherton) and Manchester and Preston (via Salford Crescent and Bolton) will be closed every weekend with trains replaced by road transport.

Direct trains between Preston and Manchester will continue to operate via an alternative route.

Buses will run between:

  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate via Bolton / Atherton
  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton
  • Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton

Network Rail are currently working to finalise full details at which time amended timetables will be made available. We are very sorry for the short notice changes to timetables on these routes.

Check before you travel:

Trains up to and including 19 August are now correct in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

For journeys on weekends between 25 August and 4 November, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Continuing every weekend for the foreseeable future, Network Rail engineers will be working to complete the upgrade of the 25-mile stretch of track between Manchester and Preston via Salford Crescent to support the introduction of better trains.

The project was due to complete back in December 2017, but old mine workings, running sand and varying layers of rock have significantly hampered the installation of hundreds of steel columns needed to carry the power cables for the introduction of electric trains. New engineering solutions have been required to resolve the problems which has included using steel cylinders and filling them with concrete to deal with poor ground conditions.

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