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Major improvement work affecting South Western Railway until Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

  • Severe disruption
  • Extremely busy trains
  • Queues at many stations
  • Some journey times will be extended.

The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

  • Chessington South
  • Chessington North
  • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
  • Malden Manor
  • Norbiton
  • Queenstown Road
  • Tolworth
  • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South Western Railway website.

If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

  • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
  • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
  • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
  • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
  • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
  • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
  • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

August Bank Holiday weekend

From Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

The additional engineering work was originally scheduled to begin on Friday 25 August however this has now been extended to take in Thursday 24 August. This is as a result of the partial derailment of a passenger train on Tuesday 15 August at London Waterloo.

There will be changes to your journeys but South Western Railway and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

  • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
  • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
  • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
   

Customer Advice:

  • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
  • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
  • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

 

Because fewer South Western Railway services will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel. Unfortunately we do not expect the Journey Planner to show the reduced train timetable for Thursday 24 August until Wednesday. However, as the Friday reduced service timetable has already been programmed into the Journey Planner and as the Thursday timetable will be identical to this, viewing the Friday train service will enable you to plan your train journey for Thursday.

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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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Normal service between Ely and Peterborough

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street

East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

Greater Anglia between Colchester / Ipswich and Peterborough

Description

Last week, a number of wagons on a freight train near Ely derailed. Network Rail engineers have recovered the derailed wagons and have repaired the track, allowing the line to reopen. Trains between Ely and Peterborough are now able ro run.


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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

 

All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station
It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services
Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

 

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

Twitter:
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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 Ayr and Kilmarnock until end of the day

Train companies affected

ScotRail

Routes affected

Between Stranraer and Kilmarnock

Description

Emergency services are dealing with an incident that occured near the railway between Ayr and Kilmarnock. As a result, trains are unable to run between these two stations.

The following applys:

  • Limited road transport will run between Ayr and Kilmarnock, calling at all stations
  • Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock / Ayr services are running as scheduled
  • Services between Girvan / Ayr and Stranraer are running as scheduled

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, you may use alternative ScotRail trains, via Glasgow Central, on any reasonable route.

Last night a building within the railway boundary, between Ayr and Kilmarnock, was ablaze. Emergency services have now extinguished the fire; however, there are concerns about the structure of the building. This means that whilst the situation is being assessed, the line is closed between Ayr and Kilmarnock and services are expected to be disrupted until end of the day. 

 

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

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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 and from London Paddington expected until the end of the day

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Maidenhead / Reading / Oxford / Great Malvern / Bedwyn / Penzance / Newbury / Swansea

Description

A derailed train at London Paddington is causing disruption to trains to and from this station. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.

Check before you travel:
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Compensation:
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Disruption between Purley and Gatwick Airport expected until 16:00

Train companies affected

Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Southern between London Victoria / London Bridge and Hastings / Portsmouth Harbour / Littlehampton / Horsham / Brighton / Southampton Central / Ore

Thameslink between Bedford and Brighton

Description

The fault with the signalling system between Purley and Gatwick Airport has now been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 16:00.

Customer Advice:

Network Rail have confirmed that they have completed the works on the signalling equipment and that they are now working normally.

Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink will now work to restore train services to normal.

Whilst services recover, the following ammendments apply:

  • A reduced Gatwick Express service
  • Some London Bridge to Brighton services are stopping and starting at Gatwick Airport

Customers are advised to check their journey prior to travel.

To help you with your journey, your tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Great Western Railway between Redhill and Gatwick Airport
  • Gatwick Express via any reasonable route
  • Southeastern between London and Tonbridge
  • Southern via any reasonable route
  • Thameslink via any reasonable route
  • London Buses between Purley and Redhill
  • London Underground between London Victoria and London Blackfriers / London Bridge

Metro Buses will also accept tickets on the following services:

 

Trains travelling towards Brighton are unable to call at Merstham and Coulsdon South. Customers travelling to these stations should travel to Redhill and get on a service travelling in the direction of London. Alternatively, customers may travel on London Buses between Purley and Redhill

Customers are advised to check prior to travel, and to allow additional time for travel on Southern and Thameslink services towards Brighton today.

Check before you travel:
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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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Industrial action announced affecting Merseyrail on 1, 3 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Merseyrail

Routes affected

All Merseyrail routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Merseyrail can be found here.

Twitter:
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Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Northern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

All Northern routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Northern can be found here.

Twitter:
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Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Southern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Southern

Routes affected

Southern routes

Description

We have been advised by the RMT that their conductor and driver members will strike on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September. We are working on plans for the service will advise you of the impact as soon as it is known.

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Disruption between Dorchester South and Weymouth expected until 17:00

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Bristol Temple Meads / Gloucester / Great Malvern and Weymouth

South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Weymouth

Description

The local power failure between Dorchester South and Weymouth has been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised at short notice as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 17:00.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are accepting each others tickets via any reasonable route.

Customers intending to use Great Western Railway services in the Weymouth area may use South Western Railway services via any reasonable route.

Check before you travel:
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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 Crewe and Wilmslow expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Northern services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Emergency services have now dealt with the incident between Crewe and Alderley Edge and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 15:30.

Customer Advice:
You can use your ticket on London Midland services between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent.

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

Twitter:
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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 Newcastle and Durham expected until 17:30

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Dundee / Glasgow Central / Newcastle and Birmingham New Street / Guildford / Penzance / Plymouth / Reading / Southampton Central /  Winchester

TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Airport

Virgin Train East Coast between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Inverness and London Kings Cross

Description

A failure of the power supply between Newcastle and Durham is causing disruption to trains travelling between these two stations, towards the south. Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until 17:30.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, mutual ticket acceptance is in place between York and Newcastle, in both directions, with CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Advice for TransPennine Express customers:
Customers travelling to and from Chester-le-Street will be provided with replacement road transport.

 

Check before you travel:
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Compensation:
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Disruption through West Norwood expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Trains through West Norwood

Description

Due to a lorry colliding with a bridge at West Norwood train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 15:30 21/08.

Check before you travel:
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Twitter:
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Compensation:
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There are currently no updates.

Planned changes to train times

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

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 about the August changes is available here which includes travel advice. Information about changes over the Christmas and New Year period will be made available in the autumn.

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 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 are 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 (until Friday 26 August)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:02 and 09:09

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:25 and 18:46

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (from Monday 4 September)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:09 and 08:26

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:52 and 17:57

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 detailed below:

  • 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

Please note: Different arrangements apply between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. For more information on alternative routes and travel advice during this period, please visit this page

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 Western Railway 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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Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

Train companies affected

Thameslink

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

Description

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are 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.

See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

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Amended South Western Railway service from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Information about this improvement work can now be found here

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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station

It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services

Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

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Buses replace trains between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley from Saturday 19 to Monday 21 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley

Description

Engineering work is being carried out between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley, closing all lines. Overhead wires are being installed between these stations to enable London Midland to run electric trains on the full route between Birmingham and Rugeley. You can find more information on this here.

Train services between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley will run between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway only.

A bus service will run between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley.

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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.

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Amended service between Sheffield and Doncaster from Saturday 19 until 06:00 on Tuesday 22 August

Train companies affected

Northern, TransPennine Express

Routes affected

Northern between Sheffield / Lincoln and Leeds / Doncaster / Scarborough / Hull

TransPennine Express between Cleethorpes / Doncaster and Manchester Airport

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Sheffield and Swinton, closing some lines.

Northern services will not call at Rotherham Central. Connecting bus services will run between Meadowhall and Swinton, calling at Rotherham Central.

On Sunday only, until approximately 09:55, buses will replace trains between Sheffield and Doncaster.

The following alterations will apply to TransPennine Express services:

Saturday, Monday and Tuesday - The 05:40 Doncaster to Manchester Airport service will start from Sheffield.

Saturday and Tuesday - The 03:25 Sheffield to Manchester Airport service will be retimed to leave Sheffield later than usual.

Saturday and Monday - The 19:26 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service will not call at Rotherham Central.

Sunday - The 08:38 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes service will not call at Rotherham Central.

Sunday - The 20:26 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service will not call at Rotherham Central.

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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.

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Amended service between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate / Bolton from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Between Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria / Hazel Grove and Preston / Blackpool North / Southport / Kirkby / Wigan / Clitheroe

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Wigan / Leyland / Bolton, closing the lines.

From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Trains between Manchester Airport and Preston / Blackpool North will be diverted via Eccles and Wigan North Western, not calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston, calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. You will be able to travel between Preston and Blackpool North on alternative train services.

Buses will also replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton and Chorley.

All days except Sunday

Hazel Grove - Preston / Blackpool North

Trains will run between Hazel Grove and Manchester Oxford Road only. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston to connect with trains to / from Blackpool.

Saturday and Sunday

Stalybridge / Manchester Victoria - Southport / Kirkby / Wigan Wallgate


Trains will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria only. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan via both Bolton and Atherton to connect with train services between Wigan and Southport / Kirkby.

Manchester Airport / Stockport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton on Saturdays and via Eccles on Sundays.

On Saturdays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton. On Sundays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan Wallgate to connect with trains to / from Southport.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will not run on the usual route via Bolton. Instead, services between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Todmorden will be extended to / from Clitheroe. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton to connect with these services.

Monday - Friday

Manchester Airport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton, buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton to connect with these services. Buses will also run between Daisy Hill and Westhoughton during peak times.

Manchester Victoria - Wigan Wallgate via Bolton

Trains will not run. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Hindley to connect with alternative trains to / from Wigan.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will run between Bolton and Clitheroe only. Buses will replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

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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.

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Major improvement work in the Bristol Parkway area from Saturday 19 August to Friday 17 September

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Paignton and Manchester Piccadilly and between Plymouth / Penzance and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Leeds / York

Great Western Railway between Swansea and London Paddington, between Southampton Central / Weymouth and Great Malvern / Gloucester and between Taunton / Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Parkway and between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, closing the line. This is part of the Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Railway upgrade project, you can find more information on this here.

Trains will not run between Swindon and Bristol Parkway from Saturday 19 August to Sunday 17 September.

A reduced service will run between London Paddington and Cardiff Central / Swansea, with trains being diverted via an alternative route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway / Newport.

Some trains will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway and a replacement bus service will run between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

Also as a consequence of this engineering work, trains to and from Severn Beach will be retimed.

In addition to this, Bristol Parkway station will be closed from Saturday 2 September to Sunday 17 September to allow Network Rail to build a new platform in preparation for Great Western Railway's Intercity Express Trains.

While the station is closed, Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Filton Abbey Wood and Yate.

Some services that usually run to and from Bristol Parkway will be amended to start or terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

CrossCountry services will be diverted via, and call additionally at Patchway. You will be able to connect with these services using the bus service between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

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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.

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CANCELLED: Engineering work between Ramsgate on Dover Priory each night from 20:30 from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London St Pancras Internationl / Ashford International and Ramsgate / Margate

Description

The engineering work scheduled to take place between Ramsgate on Dover Priory has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route. 

Check before you travel:

The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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Buses replace trains from Lewisham to Hayes each night from 23:25 Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

From London Charing Cross to Hayes

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work each night between New Beckenham and Hayes, closing the line.

The 23:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:29 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 23:32 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:59 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham . A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 00:29 calling at all stations to Hayes. (Including Friday morning)

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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.

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Amended 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Birmingham New Street to Northampton

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugby and Northampton, closing the line.

The 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service will terminate at Coventry.

At Coventry, you are advised to travel on the 23:31 Virgin Trains service from Coventry to London Euston, alighting at Rugby. A replacement bus will run from Rugby to Northampton.

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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.

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No trains to and from London Fenchurch Street from 20:45 until the end of service each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

c2c

Routes affected

Between Shoeburyness / Grays / Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Barking and London Fenchurch Street after 22:40 each night, closing the lines.

From approximately 20:45 until the end of service, trains will not run between London Fenchurch Street and Barking.

Services will be diverted to start / terminate at London Liverpool Street.

Trains that usually run between Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street via Ockenden will be amended to run between Grays and Upminster only.

To complete your journey to / from London Fenchurch Street, you may use:

  • London Underground District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill
  • London Underground Jubilee Line services between Stratford and West Ham
  • Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Tower Gateway

 

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

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

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Amended 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

Wolverhampton to London Euston

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Northampton area from 23:55, closing the line.

The 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service will be diverted and will not call at Northampton. Customers should use the replacement bus service provided at Rugby for stations to Northampton.

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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.

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Amended 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Wilmslow and Congleton areas, closing some lines.

The 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service will be diverted from Stoke-on-Trent via Alsager to Crewe, it will also be diverted via Style. This service will not call at Macclesfield or Stockport.

A bus will operate between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport calling at Macclesfield.

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

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London 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.

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Amended 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Northern

Routes affected

From London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Ely and Kings Lynn from 23:05 each night, closing the lines.

The 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services will be replaced by buses between Ely and Kings Lynn.

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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.

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Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford after 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Greater Anglia

Routes affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster

Description

Work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night, closing all lines.

After 22:15, buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford.

The last train services to run between Shenfield and Wickford will be the 21:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria and the 21:30 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street.

The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services will not run. If you are travelling to Southend you should travel on the 00:18 or 00:50 service from London Liverpool Street to Colchester and change at Shenfield for a replacement bus service.

The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street and 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street services will be retimed and replaced by buses between Wickford and London Liverpool Street.

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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.

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Amended 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill.

Description

Network rail is carrying out overnight engineering work between Barnt Green and Droitwich Spa closing the line.

The 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill is diverted and will not call at University or Bromsgrove.

Customers for University should use Cross City trains and from Birmingham New Street. Rail replacement buses will run between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa.

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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.

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Buses replace overnight trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, Southern

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Reading and Gatwick Airport

Southern between Redhill and Reigate

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Guildford and Redhill, closing all lines.

Each night from 23:00, buses will replace trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill.

Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Guildford and Redhill with some extended to Gatwick Airport.

The 04:34 (Tuesday - Friday) Reading to Gatwick Airport service will run later than normal to Redhill, where it will terminate. A bus will run from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

Southern services will be replaced by buses between Redhill and Reigate.

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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.

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Amended overnight service through Chester from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Arriva Trains Wales

Routes affected

Between Birmingham International / Chester and Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Airport and also between Birmingham New Street and Holyhead

Description

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

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will terminates at Chester, a replacement bus service will run from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 2:255 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead is retimed to depart Chester at 00:49.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester will run as booked to Warrington Bank Quay and will then be diverted via Crewe. A replacement bus service will run from Warrington Bank Quay to Chester.

The 00:25 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester service will not run, a replacement bus service will replace this service.

The 03:36 Chester to Manchester Airport will start earlier than normal at 03:14.

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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.

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Buses replace overnight services between Meopham / Strood and Gillingham from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London Victoria / London Charing Cross and Gillingham and also between London St Pancras International and Faversham

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Sole Street / Strood and Sittingbourne, closing all lines.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday only

23:09 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:29 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:34 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Sole Street. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:30 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:59 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:55 London St Pancras International to Faversham will terminate at Ebbsfleet. A replacement bus will depart Ebbsfleet at 00:22 calling at all stations to Faversham except Higham, Newington and Teynham.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only

00:07 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:51 calling at all stations to Sittingbourne. An additional train will depart Sittingbourne at 02:10 calling at all stations to Ramsgate.

00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 01:29 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

00:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 01:56 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

04:05 Gillingham to London Charing Cross will start from Strood at 04:17. A replacement bus will depart Gillingham at 03:39 calling at all stations to Gravesend.

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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.

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Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Various Great Western Railway routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations across the Great Western Railway network. The following services will be amended:

Monday

The 04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Monday - Thursday 

The 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway or Swindon, and will run later than usual from Bristol Parkway and beyond. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 22:48 London Paddington to Oxford service.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon and from Swindon to Bristol Parkway.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham, and arriving later than usual at Newport and Cardiff Central. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 23:18 or 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon / Chippenham, from Chippenham to Bath Spa and from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads.

Monday - Friday

The 09:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury service will not run.

The 15:12 and 17:36 Swindon to Westbury services will depart up to 15 minutes earlier / later than usual.

Friday

The 22:27 and 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

The 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

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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.

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Amended service at Burnham or Taplow from 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Reading / Oxford

Description

Engineering work is taking place on 2 out of 4 tracks between Slough and Reading. The following amendments are in place:

Monday - Thursday

Each night, no trains will call at Burnham or Taplow after 22:15. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

Tuesday - Friday

The 00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford.

Friday

The 23:49 London Paddington to Reading and 23:15 Reading to London Paddington services will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

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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:

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Amended Northern services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Various Northern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Northern network, the following alterations will apply:

The 22:42 Preston to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus.

The 22:47 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Stockport. A connecting bus service will run from Chinley to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Stockport.

The 22:48 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus. A second bus service will also run from Knutsford to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:06 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by a bus between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will be retimed to run earlier than usual. A bus will run from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street at 23:09.

The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel or Levenshulme. A bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield service will be replaced by a bus.

The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme or Handforth. A bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, calling at these stations.

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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.

 

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Amended Southeastern services from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Various Southeastern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Southeastern network. The following services will be amended:

Wednesday / Thursday

22:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will terminate at Ashford International. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:12 Ramsgate to Ashford International. This service will terminate at Dover Priory. A replacement bus will be provided from Dover Priory calling at Folkestone Central, Folkestone West, Sandling and Ashford International.

Thursday and Friday

00:43 Dover Priory to Ramsgate. This additional service will call at Martin Mill, Walmer, Deal, Sandwich and Ramsgate.

01:07 Ashford Interbnational to Canterbury West. This train is cancelled.

23:37 London St Pancras to Ramsgate. This service will run fast from Ashford to Ramsgate. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will be diverted at Ashford International and call additionally at Wye, Chilham, Chartham and terminate at Canterbury West. A replacement bus service will be provided from Ashford International, calling at Sandling, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory and Westenhanger.

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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:

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Major improvement work affecting South Western Railway until Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

  • Severe disruption
  • Extremely busy trains
  • Queues at many stations
  • Some journey times will be extended.

The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

  • Chessington South
  • Chessington North
  • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
  • Malden Manor
  • Norbiton
  • Queenstown Road
  • Tolworth
  • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South Western Railway website.

If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

  • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
  • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
  • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
  • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
  • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
  • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
  • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

August Bank Holiday weekend

From Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

The additional engineering work was originally scheduled to begin on Friday 25 August however this has now been extended to take in Thursday 24 August. This is as a result of the partial derailment of a passenger train on Tuesday 15 August at London Waterloo.

There will be changes to your journeys but South Western Railway and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

  • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
  • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
  • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
   

Customer Advice:

  • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
  • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
  • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

 

Because fewer South Western Railway services will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel. Unfortunately we do not expect the Journey Planner to show the reduced train timetable for Thursday 24 August until Wednesday. However, as the Friday reduced service timetable has already been programmed into the Journey Planner and as the Thursday timetable will be identical to this, viewing the Friday train service will enable you to plan your train journey for Thursday.

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Normal service between Ely and Peterborough

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street

East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

Greater Anglia between Colchester / Ipswich and Peterborough

Description

Last week, a number of wagons on a freight train near Ely derailed. Network Rail engineers have recovered the derailed wagons and have repaired the track, allowing the line to reopen. Trains between Ely and Peterborough are now able ro run.


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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

 

All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station
It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services
Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

 

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

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Disruption between Ayr and Kilmarnock until end of the day

Train companies affected

ScotRail

Routes affected

Between Stranraer and Kilmarnock

Description

Emergency services are dealing with an incident that occured near the railway between Ayr and Kilmarnock. As a result, trains are unable to run between these two stations.

The following applys:

  • Limited road transport will run between Ayr and Kilmarnock, calling at all stations
  • Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock / Ayr services are running as scheduled
  • Services between Girvan / Ayr and Stranraer are running as scheduled

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, you may use alternative ScotRail trains, via Glasgow Central, on any reasonable route.

Last night a building within the railway boundary, between Ayr and Kilmarnock, was ablaze. Emergency services have now extinguished the fire; however, there are concerns about the structure of the building. This means that whilst the situation is being assessed, the line is closed between Ayr and Kilmarnock and services are expected to be disrupted until end of the day. 

 

Check before you travel:
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Disruption to and from London Paddington expected until the end of the day

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Maidenhead / Reading / Oxford / Great Malvern / Bedwyn / Penzance / Newbury / Swansea

Description

A derailed train at London Paddington is causing disruption to trains to and from this station. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.

Check before you travel:
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Disruption between Purley and Gatwick Airport expected until 16:00

Train companies affected

Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Southern between London Victoria / London Bridge and Hastings / Portsmouth Harbour / Littlehampton / Horsham / Brighton / Southampton Central / Ore

Thameslink between Bedford and Brighton

Description

The fault with the signalling system between Purley and Gatwick Airport has now been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 16:00.

Customer Advice:

Network Rail have confirmed that they have completed the works on the signalling equipment and that they are now working normally.

Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink will now work to restore train services to normal.

Whilst services recover, the following ammendments apply:

  • A reduced Gatwick Express service
  • Some London Bridge to Brighton services are stopping and starting at Gatwick Airport

Customers are advised to check their journey prior to travel.

To help you with your journey, your tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Great Western Railway between Redhill and Gatwick Airport
  • Gatwick Express via any reasonable route
  • Southeastern between London and Tonbridge
  • Southern via any reasonable route
  • Thameslink via any reasonable route
  • London Buses between Purley and Redhill
  • London Underground between London Victoria and London Blackfriers / London Bridge

Metro Buses will also accept tickets on the following services:

 

Trains travelling towards Brighton are unable to call at Merstham and Coulsdon South. Customers travelling to these stations should travel to Redhill and get on a service travelling in the direction of London. Alternatively, customers may travel on London Buses between Purley and Redhill

Customers are advised to check prior to travel, and to allow additional time for travel on Southern and Thameslink services towards Brighton today.

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Industrial action announced affecting Merseyrail on 1, 3 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Merseyrail

Routes affected

All Merseyrail routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Merseyrail can be found here.

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Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Northern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

All Northern routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Northern can be found here.

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Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Southern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Southern

Routes affected

Southern routes

Description

We have been advised by the RMT that their conductor and driver members will strike on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September. We are working on plans for the service will advise you of the impact as soon as it is known.

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Disruption between Dorchester South and Weymouth expected until 17:00

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Bristol Temple Meads / Gloucester / Great Malvern and Weymouth

South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Weymouth

Description

The local power failure between Dorchester South and Weymouth has been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised at short notice as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 17:00.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are accepting each others tickets via any reasonable route.

Customers intending to use Great Western Railway services in the Weymouth area may use South Western Railway services via any reasonable route.

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Disruption between Crewe and Wilmslow expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Northern services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Emergency services have now dealt with the incident between Crewe and Alderley Edge and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 15:30.

Customer Advice:
You can use your ticket on London Midland services between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent.

Check before you travel:
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Disruption between Newcastle and Durham expected until 17:30

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Dundee / Glasgow Central / Newcastle and Birmingham New Street / Guildford / Penzance / Plymouth / Reading / Southampton Central /  Winchester

TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Airport

Virgin Train East Coast between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Inverness and London Kings Cross

Description

A failure of the power supply between Newcastle and Durham is causing disruption to trains travelling between these two stations, towards the south. Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until 17:30.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, mutual ticket acceptance is in place between York and Newcastle, in both directions, with CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Advice for TransPennine Express customers:
Customers travelling to and from Chester-le-Street will be provided with replacement road transport.

 

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Disruption through West Norwood expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Trains through West Norwood

Description

Due to a lorry colliding with a bridge at West Norwood train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 15:30 21/08.

Check before you travel:
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Planned changes to train times

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

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 about the August changes is available here which includes travel advice. Information about changes over the Christmas and New Year period will be made available in the autumn.

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 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 are 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 (until Friday 26 August)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:02 and 09:09

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:25 and 18:46

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (from Monday 4 September)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:09 and 08:26

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:52 and 17:57

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 detailed below:

  • 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

Please note: Different arrangements apply between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. For more information on alternative routes and travel advice during this period, please visit this page

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 Western Railway 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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Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

Train companies affected

Thameslink

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

Description

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are 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.

See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

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Amended South Western Railway service from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Information about this improvement work can now be found here

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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station

It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services

Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

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Amended service between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate / Bolton from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Between Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria / Hazel Grove and Preston / Blackpool North / Southport / Kirkby / Wigan / Clitheroe

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Wigan / Leyland / Bolton, closing the lines.

From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Trains between Manchester Airport and Preston / Blackpool North will be diverted via Eccles and Wigan North Western, not calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston, calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. You will be able to travel between Preston and Blackpool North on alternative train services.

Buses will also replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton and Chorley.

All days except Sunday

Hazel Grove - Preston / Blackpool North

Trains will run between Hazel Grove and Manchester Oxford Road only. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston to connect with trains to / from Blackpool.

Saturday and Sunday

Stalybridge / Manchester Victoria - Southport / Kirkby / Wigan Wallgate


Trains will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria only. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan via both Bolton and Atherton to connect with train services between Wigan and Southport / Kirkby.

Manchester Airport / Stockport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton on Saturdays and via Eccles on Sundays.

On Saturdays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton. On Sundays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan Wallgate to connect with trains to / from Southport.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will not run on the usual route via Bolton. Instead, services between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Todmorden will be extended to / from Clitheroe. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton to connect with these services.

Monday - Friday

Manchester Airport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton, buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton to connect with these services. Buses will also run between Daisy Hill and Westhoughton during peak times.

Manchester Victoria - Wigan Wallgate via Bolton

Trains will not run. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Hindley to connect with alternative trains to / from Wigan.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will run between Bolton and Clitheroe only. Buses will replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

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.

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Major improvement work in the Bristol Parkway area from Saturday 19 August to Friday 17 September

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Paignton and Manchester Piccadilly and between Plymouth / Penzance and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Leeds / York

Great Western Railway between Swansea and London Paddington, between Southampton Central / Weymouth and Great Malvern / Gloucester and between Taunton / Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Parkway and between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, closing the line. This is part of the Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Railway upgrade project, you can find more information on this here.

Trains will not run between Swindon and Bristol Parkway from Saturday 19 August to Sunday 17 September.

A reduced service will run between London Paddington and Cardiff Central / Swansea, with trains being diverted via an alternative route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway / Newport.

Some trains will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway and a replacement bus service will run between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

Also as a consequence of this engineering work, trains to and from Severn Beach will be retimed.

In addition to this, Bristol Parkway station will be closed from Saturday 2 September to Sunday 17 September to allow Network Rail to build a new platform in preparation for Great Western Railway's Intercity Express Trains.

While the station is closed, Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Filton Abbey Wood and Yate.

Some services that usually run to and from Bristol Parkway will be amended to start or terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

CrossCountry services will be diverted via, and call additionally at Patchway. You will be able to connect with these services using the bus service between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

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.

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CANCELLED: Engineering work between Ramsgate on Dover Priory each night from 20:30 from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London St Pancras Internationl / Ashford International and Ramsgate / Margate

Description

The engineering work scheduled to take place between Ramsgate on Dover Priory has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route. 

Check before you travel:

The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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Buses replace trains from Lewisham to Hayes each night from 23:25 Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

From London Charing Cross to Hayes

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work each night between New Beckenham and Hayes, closing the line.

The 23:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:29 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 23:32 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:59 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham . A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 00:29 calling at all stations to Hayes. (Including Friday morning)

Check before you travel:

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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.

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Amended 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Birmingham New Street to Northampton

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugby and Northampton, closing the line.

The 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service will terminate at Coventry.

At Coventry, you are advised to travel on the 23:31 Virgin Trains service from Coventry to London Euston, alighting at Rugby. A replacement bus will run from Rugby to Northampton.

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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.

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No trains to and from London Fenchurch Street from 20:45 until the end of service each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

c2c

Routes affected

Between Shoeburyness / Grays / Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Barking and London Fenchurch Street after 22:40 each night, closing the lines.

From approximately 20:45 until the end of service, trains will not run between London Fenchurch Street and Barking.

Services will be diverted to start / terminate at London Liverpool Street.

Trains that usually run between Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street via Ockenden will be amended to run between Grays and Upminster only.

To complete your journey to / from London Fenchurch Street, you may use:

  • London Underground District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill
  • London Underground Jubilee Line services between Stratford and West Ham
  • Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Tower Gateway

 

Check before you travel:

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

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

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Amended 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

Wolverhampton to London Euston

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Northampton area from 23:55, closing the line.

The 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service will be diverted and will not call at Northampton. Customers should use the replacement bus service provided at Rugby for stations to Northampton.

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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.

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Amended 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Wilmslow and Congleton areas, closing some lines.

The 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service will be diverted from Stoke-on-Trent via Alsager to Crewe, it will also be diverted via Style. This service will not call at Macclesfield or Stockport.

A bus will operate between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport calling at Macclesfield.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on London Buses by using the Transport for London 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.

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Amended 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Northern

Routes affected

From London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Ely and Kings Lynn from 23:05 each night, closing the lines.

The 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services will be replaced by buses between Ely and Kings Lynn.

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.

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Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford after 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Greater Anglia

Routes affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster

Description

Work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night, closing all lines.

After 22:15, buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford.

The last train services to run between Shenfield and Wickford will be the 21:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria and the 21:30 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street.

The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services will not run. If you are travelling to Southend you should travel on the 00:18 or 00:50 service from London Liverpool Street to Colchester and change at Shenfield for a replacement bus service.

The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street and 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street services will be retimed and replaced by buses between Wickford and London Liverpool Street.

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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.

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Amended 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill.

Description

Network rail is carrying out overnight engineering work between Barnt Green and Droitwich Spa closing the line.

The 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill is diverted and will not call at University or Bromsgrove.

Customers for University should use Cross City trains and from Birmingham New Street. Rail replacement buses will run between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa.

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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.

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Buses replace overnight trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, Southern

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Reading and Gatwick Airport

Southern between Redhill and Reigate

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Guildford and Redhill, closing all lines.

Each night from 23:00, buses will replace trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill.

Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Guildford and Redhill with some extended to Gatwick Airport.

The 04:34 (Tuesday - Friday) Reading to Gatwick Airport service will run later than normal to Redhill, where it will terminate. A bus will run from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

Southern services will be replaced by buses between Redhill and Reigate.

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.

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Amended overnight service through Chester from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Arriva Trains Wales

Routes affected

Between Birmingham International / Chester and Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Airport and also between Birmingham New Street and Holyhead

Description

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

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will terminates at Chester, a replacement bus service will run from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 2:255 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead is retimed to depart Chester at 00:49.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester will run as booked to Warrington Bank Quay and will then be diverted via Crewe. A replacement bus service will run from Warrington Bank Quay to Chester.

The 00:25 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester service will not run, a replacement bus service will replace this service.

The 03:36 Chester to Manchester Airport will start earlier than normal at 03:14.

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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.

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Buses replace overnight services between Meopham / Strood and Gillingham from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London Victoria / London Charing Cross and Gillingham and also between London St Pancras International and Faversham

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Sole Street / Strood and Sittingbourne, closing all lines.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday only

23:09 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:29 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:34 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Sole Street. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:30 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:59 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:55 London St Pancras International to Faversham will terminate at Ebbsfleet. A replacement bus will depart Ebbsfleet at 00:22 calling at all stations to Faversham except Higham, Newington and Teynham.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only

00:07 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:51 calling at all stations to Sittingbourne. An additional train will depart Sittingbourne at 02:10 calling at all stations to Ramsgate.

00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 01:29 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

00:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 01:56 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

04:05 Gillingham to London Charing Cross will start from Strood at 04:17. A replacement bus will depart Gillingham at 03:39 calling at all stations to Gravesend.

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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.

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Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Various Great Western Railway routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations across the Great Western Railway network. The following services will be amended:

Monday

The 04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Monday - Thursday 

The 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway or Swindon, and will run later than usual from Bristol Parkway and beyond. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 22:48 London Paddington to Oxford service.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon and from Swindon to Bristol Parkway.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham, and arriving later than usual at Newport and Cardiff Central. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 23:18 or 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon / Chippenham, from Chippenham to Bath Spa and from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads.

Monday - Friday

The 09:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury service will not run.

The 15:12 and 17:36 Swindon to Westbury services will depart up to 15 minutes earlier / later than usual.

Friday

The 22:27 and 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

The 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

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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.

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Amended service at Burnham or Taplow from 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Reading / Oxford

Description

Engineering work is taking place on 2 out of 4 tracks between Slough and Reading. The following amendments are in place:

Monday - Thursday

Each night, no trains will call at Burnham or Taplow after 22:15. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

Tuesday - Friday

The 00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford.

Friday

The 23:49 London Paddington to Reading and 23:15 Reading to London Paddington services will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

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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.

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Amended Northern services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Various Northern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Northern network, the following alterations will apply:

The 22:42 Preston to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus.

The 22:47 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Stockport. A connecting bus service will run from Chinley to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Stockport.

The 22:48 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus. A second bus service will also run from Knutsford to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:06 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by a bus between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will be retimed to run earlier than usual. A bus will run from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street at 23:09.

The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel or Levenshulme. A bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield service will be replaced by a bus.

The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme or Handforth. A bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, calling at these stations.

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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.

 

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Amended Southeastern services from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Various Southeastern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Southeastern network. The following services will be amended:

Wednesday / Thursday

22:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will terminate at Ashford International. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:12 Ramsgate to Ashford International. This service will terminate at Dover Priory. A replacement bus will be provided from Dover Priory calling at Folkestone Central, Folkestone West, Sandling and Ashford International.

Thursday and Friday

00:43 Dover Priory to Ramsgate. This additional service will call at Martin Mill, Walmer, Deal, Sandwich and Ramsgate.

01:07 Ashford Interbnational to Canterbury West. This train is cancelled.

23:37 London St Pancras to Ramsgate. This service will run fast from Ashford to Ramsgate. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will be diverted at Ashford International and call additionally at Wye, Chilham, Chartham and terminate at Canterbury West. A replacement bus service will be provided from Ashford International, calling at Sandling, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory and Westenhanger.

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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.

 

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Amended 05:16 Rugby to London Euston service from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Rugby to London Euston

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugby and Northampton, closing the lines.

The 05:16 Rugby to London Euston service will start at Northampton. A bus will run from Rugby to Northampton, departing at 04:46.

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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:

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Buses replace trains between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall from Tuesday 22 until Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall, closing all lines.

From Tuesday 22 August until the end of the day on Monday 28 August, buses will be replacing trains between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall.

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.

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Major improvement work affecting South Western Railway until Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

  • Severe disruption
  • Extremely busy trains
  • Queues at many stations
  • Some journey times will be extended.

The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

  • Chessington South
  • Chessington North
  • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
  • Malden Manor
  • Norbiton
  • Queenstown Road
  • Tolworth
  • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South Western Railway website.

If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

  • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
  • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
  • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
  • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
  • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
  • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
  • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

August Bank Holiday weekend

From Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

The additional engineering work was originally scheduled to begin on Friday 25 August however this has now been extended to take in Thursday 24 August. This is as a result of the partial derailment of a passenger train on Tuesday 15 August at London Waterloo.

There will be changes to your journeys but South Western Railway and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

  • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
  • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
  • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
   

Customer Advice:

  • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
  • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
  • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

 

Because fewer South Western Railway services will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

Check before you travel:
Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel. Unfortunately we do not expect the Journey Planner to show the reduced train timetable for Thursday 24 August until Wednesday. However, as the Friday reduced service timetable has already been programmed into the Journey Planner and as the Thursday timetable will be identical to this, viewing the Friday train service will enable you to plan your train journey for Thursday.

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Normal service between Ely and Peterborough

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street

East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

Greater Anglia between Colchester / Ipswich and Peterborough

Description

Last week, a number of wagons on a freight train near Ely derailed. Network Rail engineers have recovered the derailed wagons and have repaired the track, allowing the line to reopen. Trains between Ely and Peterborough are now able ro run.


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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

 

All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station
It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services
Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

 

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Disruption between Ayr and Kilmarnock until end of the day

Train companies affected

ScotRail

Routes affected

Between Stranraer and Kilmarnock

Description

Emergency services are dealing with an incident that occured near the railway between Ayr and Kilmarnock. As a result, trains are unable to run between these two stations.

The following applys:

  • Limited road transport will run between Ayr and Kilmarnock, calling at all stations
  • Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock / Ayr services are running as scheduled
  • Services between Girvan / Ayr and Stranraer are running as scheduled

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, you may use alternative ScotRail trains, via Glasgow Central, on any reasonable route.

Last night a building within the railway boundary, between Ayr and Kilmarnock, was ablaze. Emergency services have now extinguished the fire; however, there are concerns about the structure of the building. This means that whilst the situation is being assessed, the line is closed between Ayr and Kilmarnock and services are expected to be disrupted until end of the day. 

 

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Disruption to and from London Paddington expected until the end of the day

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Maidenhead / Reading / Oxford / Great Malvern / Bedwyn / Penzance / Newbury / Swansea

Description

A derailed train at London Paddington is causing disruption to trains to and from this station. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.

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

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

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 Purley and Gatwick Airport expected until 16:00

Train companies affected

Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport

Southern between London Victoria / London Bridge and Hastings / Portsmouth Harbour / Littlehampton / Horsham / Brighton / Southampton Central / Ore

Thameslink between Bedford and Brighton

Description

The fault with the signalling system between Purley and Gatwick Airport has now been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 16:00.

Customer Advice:

Network Rail have confirmed that they have completed the works on the signalling equipment and that they are now working normally.

Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink will now work to restore train services to normal.

Whilst services recover, the following ammendments apply:

  • A reduced Gatwick Express service
  • Some London Bridge to Brighton services are stopping and starting at Gatwick Airport

Customers are advised to check their journey prior to travel.

To help you with your journey, your tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Great Western Railway between Redhill and Gatwick Airport
  • Gatwick Express via any reasonable route
  • Southeastern between London and Tonbridge
  • Southern via any reasonable route
  • Thameslink via any reasonable route
  • London Buses between Purley and Redhill
  • London Underground between London Victoria and London Blackfriers / London Bridge

Metro Buses will also accept tickets on the following services:

 

Trains travelling towards Brighton are unable to call at Merstham and Coulsdon South. Customers travelling to these stations should travel to Redhill and get on a service travelling in the direction of London. Alternatively, customers may travel on London Buses between Purley and Redhill

Customers are advised to check prior to travel, and to allow additional time for travel on Southern and Thameslink services towards Brighton today.

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

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

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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Industrial action announced affecting Merseyrail on 1, 3 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Merseyrail

Routes affected

All Merseyrail routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Merseyrail can be found here.

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

Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Northern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

All Northern routes

Description

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September.

A statement from Northern can be found here.

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

Check before you travel:
It is not yet known how services will be affected and changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Industrial action announced affecting Southern on 1 and 4 September

Train companies affected

Southern

Routes affected

Southern routes

Description

We have been advised by the RMT that their conductor and driver members will strike on Friday 1 and Monday 4 September. We are working on plans for the service will advise you of the impact as soon as it is known.

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

 

Disruption between Dorchester South and Weymouth expected until 17:00

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Bristol Temple Meads / Gloucester / Great Malvern and Weymouth

South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Weymouth

Description

The local power failure between Dorchester South and Weymouth has been fixed and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised at short notice as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 17:00.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are accepting each others tickets via any reasonable route.

Customers intending to use Great Western Railway services in the Weymouth area may use South Western Railway services via any reasonable route.

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

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

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 Crewe and Wilmslow expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Northern services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Emergency services have now dealt with the incident between Crewe and Alderley Edge and all lines have reopened. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised as the service recovers.

Disruption is expected until 15:30.

Customer Advice:
You can use your ticket on London Midland services between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent.

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

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

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 Newcastle and Durham expected until 17:30

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Dundee / Glasgow Central / Newcastle and Birmingham New Street / Guildford / Penzance / Plymouth / Reading / Southampton Central /  Winchester

TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Airport

Virgin Train East Coast between Aberdeen / Edinburgh / Inverness and London Kings Cross

Description

A failure of the power supply between Newcastle and Durham is causing disruption to trains travelling between these two stations, towards the south. Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until 17:30.

Customer Advice:
To help you complete your journey, mutual ticket acceptance is in place between York and Newcastle, in both directions, with CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Advice for TransPennine Express customers:
Customers travelling to and from Chester-le-Street will be provided with replacement road transport.

 

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

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

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 through West Norwood expected until 15:30

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Trains through West Norwood

Description

Due to a lorry colliding with a bridge at West Norwood train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 15:30 21/08.

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

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

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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There are currently no updates.

Planned changes to train times

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

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 about the August changes is available here which includes travel advice. Information about changes over the Christmas and New Year period will be made available in the autumn.

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 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 are 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 (until Friday 26 August)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:02 and 09:09

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:25 and 18:46

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (from Monday 4 September)

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:09 and 08:26

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:52 and 17:57

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 detailed below:

  • 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

Please note: Different arrangements apply between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. For more information on alternative routes and travel advice during this period, please visit this page

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 Western Railway 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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Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

Train companies affected

Thameslink

Routes affected

All routes via London Bridge

Description

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are 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.

See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

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Amended South Western Railway service from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

South Western Railway

Routes affected

All South Western Railway routes

Description

Information about this improvement work can now be found here

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Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Train companies affected

Southern, Thameslink

Routes affected

Southern routes to / from London Victoria

Thameslink routes through London

Description

Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station

It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services

Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

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Buses replace trains between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley from Saturday 19 to Monday 21 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley

Description

Engineering work is being carried out between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley, closing all lines. Overhead wires are being installed between these stations to enable London Midland to run electric trains on the full route between Birmingham and Rugeley. You can find more information on this here.

Train services between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley will run between Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway only.

A bus service will run between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley.

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.

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Amended service between Sheffield and Doncaster from Saturday 19 until 06:00 on Tuesday 22 August

Train companies affected

Northern, TransPennine Express

Routes affected

Northern between Sheffield / Lincoln and Leeds / Doncaster / Scarborough / Hull

TransPennine Express between Cleethorpes / Doncaster and Manchester Airport

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Sheffield and Swinton, closing some lines.

Northern services will not call at Rotherham Central. Connecting bus services will run between Meadowhall and Swinton, calling at Rotherham Central.

On Sunday only, until approximately 09:55, buses will replace trains between Sheffield and Doncaster.

The following alterations will apply to TransPennine Express services:

Saturday, Monday and Tuesday - The 05:40 Doncaster to Manchester Airport service will start from Sheffield.

Saturday and Tuesday - The 03:25 Sheffield to Manchester Airport service will be retimed to leave Sheffield later than usual.

Saturday and Monday - The 19:26 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service will not call at Rotherham Central.

Sunday - The 08:38 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes service will not call at Rotherham Central.

Sunday - The 20:26 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service will not call at Rotherham Central.

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.

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Amended service between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate / Bolton from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Between Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria / Hazel Grove and Preston / Blackpool North / Southport / Kirkby / Wigan / Clitheroe

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Wigan / Leyland / Bolton, closing the lines.

From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August

Trains between Manchester Airport and Preston / Blackpool North will be diverted via Eccles and Wigan North Western, not calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston, calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. You will be able to travel between Preston and Blackpool North on alternative train services.

Buses will also replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton and Chorley.

All days except Sunday

Hazel Grove - Preston / Blackpool North

Trains will run between Hazel Grove and Manchester Oxford Road only. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston to connect with trains to / from Blackpool.

Saturday and Sunday

Stalybridge / Manchester Victoria - Southport / Kirkby / Wigan Wallgate


Trains will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria only. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan via both Bolton and Atherton to connect with train services between Wigan and Southport / Kirkby.

Manchester Airport / Stockport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton on Saturdays and via Eccles on Sundays.

On Saturdays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton. On Sundays, buses will run between Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan Wallgate to connect with trains to / from Southport.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will not run on the usual route via Bolton. Instead, services between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Todmorden will be extended to / from Clitheroe. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton to connect with these services.

Monday - Friday

Manchester Airport - Southport

Trains will be diverted via Atherton, buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton to connect with these services. Buses will also run between Daisy Hill and Westhoughton during peak times.

Manchester Victoria - Wigan Wallgate via Bolton

Trains will not run. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Hindley to connect with alternative trains to / from Wigan.

Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

Trains will run between Bolton and Clitheroe only. Buses will replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

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.

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Major improvement work in the Bristol Parkway area from Saturday 19 August to Friday 17 September

Train companies affected

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway

Routes affected

CrossCountry between Paignton and Manchester Piccadilly and between Plymouth / Penzance and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Leeds / York

Great Western Railway between Swansea and London Paddington, between Southampton Central / Weymouth and Great Malvern / Gloucester and between Taunton / Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Parkway and between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, closing the line. This is part of the Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Railway upgrade project, you can find more information on this here.

Trains will not run between Swindon and Bristol Parkway from Saturday 19 August to Sunday 17 September.

A reduced service will run between London Paddington and Cardiff Central / Swansea, with trains being diverted via an alternative route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway / Newport.

Some trains will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway and a replacement bus service will run between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

Also as a consequence of this engineering work, trains to and from Severn Beach will be retimed.

In addition to this, Bristol Parkway station will be closed from Saturday 2 September to Sunday 17 September to allow Network Rail to build a new platform in preparation for Great Western Railway's Intercity Express Trains.

While the station is closed, Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Filton Abbey Wood and Yate.

Some services that usually run to and from Bristol Parkway will be amended to start or terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

CrossCountry services will be diverted via, and call additionally at Patchway. You will be able to connect with these services using the bus service between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.

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.

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CANCELLED: Engineering work between Ramsgate on Dover Priory each night from 20:30 from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London St Pancras Internationl / Ashford International and Ramsgate / Margate

Description

The engineering work scheduled to take place between Ramsgate on Dover Priory has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route. 

Check before you travel:

The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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Buses replace trains from Lewisham to Hayes each night from 23:25 Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

From London Charing Cross to Hayes

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work each night between New Beckenham and Hayes, closing the line.

The 23:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:29 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 23:32 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham. A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 23:59 calling at all stations to Hayes.

The 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes will terminate at Lewisham . A replacement bus will depart Lewisham at 00:29 calling at all stations to Hayes. (Including Friday morning)

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.

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Amended 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Birmingham New Street to Northampton

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Rugby and Northampton, closing the line.

The 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton service will terminate at Coventry.

At Coventry, you are advised to travel on the 23:31 Virgin Trains service from Coventry to London Euston, alighting at Rugby. A replacement bus will run from Rugby to Northampton.

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.

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No trains to and from London Fenchurch Street from 20:45 until the end of service each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

c2c

Routes affected

Between Shoeburyness / Grays / Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Barking and London Fenchurch Street after 22:40 each night, closing the lines.

From approximately 20:45 until the end of service, trains will not run between London Fenchurch Street and Barking.

Services will be diverted to start / terminate at London Liverpool Street.

Trains that usually run between Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street via Ockenden will be amended to run between Grays and Upminster only.

To complete your journey to / from London Fenchurch Street, you may use:

  • London Underground District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill
  • London Underground Jubilee Line services between Stratford and West Ham
  • Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Tower Gateway

 

Check before you travel:

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

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

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Amended 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

Wolverhampton to London Euston

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Northampton area from 23:55, closing the line.

The 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service will be diverted and will not call at Northampton. Customers should use the replacement bus service provided at Rugby for stations to Northampton.

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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:

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Amended 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Virgin Trains

Routes affected

London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Wilmslow and Congleton areas, closing some lines.

The 23:00 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service will be diverted from Stoke-on-Trent via Alsager to Crewe, it will also be diverted via Style. This service will not call at Macclesfield or Stockport.

A bus will operate between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport calling at Macclesfield.

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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:

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Amended 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Northern

Routes affected

From London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn

Description

Engineering work is taking place between Ely and Kings Lynn from 23:05 each night, closing the lines.

The 22:14 and 23:13 London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services will be replaced by buses between Ely and Kings Lynn.

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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:

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Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford after 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Greater Anglia

Routes affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster

Description

Work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night, closing all lines.

After 22:15, buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford.

The last train services to run between Shenfield and Wickford will be the 21:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria and the 21:30 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street.

The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services will not run. If you are travelling to Southend you should travel on the 00:18 or 00:50 service from London Liverpool Street to Colchester and change at Shenfield for a replacement bus service.

The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street and 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street services will be retimed and replaced by buses between Wickford and London Liverpool Street.

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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:

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Amended 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August

Train companies affected

London Midland

Routes affected

Between Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill.

Description

Network rail is carrying out overnight engineering work between Barnt Green and Droitwich Spa closing the line.

The 23:00 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill is diverted and will not call at University or Bromsgrove.

Customers for University should use Cross City trains and from Birmingham New Street. Rail replacement buses will run between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa.

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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:

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Buses replace overnight trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway, Southern

Routes affected

Great Western Railway between Reading and Gatwick Airport

Southern between Redhill and Reigate

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Guildford and Redhill, closing all lines.

Each night from 23:00, buses will replace trains between Guildford / Reigate and Redhill.

Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Guildford and Redhill with some extended to Gatwick Airport.

The 04:34 (Tuesday - Friday) Reading to Gatwick Airport service will run later than normal to Redhill, where it will terminate. A bus will run from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

Southern services will be replaced by buses between Redhill and Reigate.

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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:

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Amended overnight service through Chester from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Arriva Trains Wales

Routes affected

Between Birmingham International / Chester and Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Airport and also between Birmingham New Street and Holyhead

Description

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

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will terminates at Chester, a replacement bus service will run from Chester to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 2:255 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead is retimed to depart Chester at 00:49.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester will run as booked to Warrington Bank Quay and will then be diverted via Crewe. A replacement bus service will run from Warrington Bank Quay to Chester.

The 00:25 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester service will not run, a replacement bus service will replace this service.

The 03:36 Chester to Manchester Airport will start earlier than normal at 03:14.

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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:

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Buses replace overnight services between Meopham / Strood and Gillingham from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Between London Victoria / London Charing Cross and Gillingham and also between London St Pancras International and Faversham

Description

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Sole Street / Strood and Sittingbourne, closing all lines.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday only

23:09 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:29 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:34 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Sole Street. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:30 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 00:59 calling at all stations to Faversham.

23:55 London St Pancras International to Faversham will terminate at Ebbsfleet. A replacement bus will depart Ebbsfleet at 00:22 calling at all stations to Faversham except Higham, Newington and Teynham.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only

00:07 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 00:51 calling at all stations to Sittingbourne. An additional train will depart Sittingbourne at 02:10 calling at all stations to Ramsgate.

00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham at 01:29 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

00:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood at 01:56 calling at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.

04:05 Gillingham to London Charing Cross will start from Strood at 04:17. A replacement bus will depart Gillingham at 03:39 calling at all stations to Gravesend.

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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:

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Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Various Great Western Railway routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations across the Great Western Railway network. The following services will be amended:

Monday

The 04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Monday - Thursday 

The 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway or Swindon, and will run later than usual from Bristol Parkway and beyond. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 22:48 London Paddington to Oxford service.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon and from Swindon to Bristol Parkway.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be diverted, not calling at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham, and arriving later than usual at Newport and Cardiff Central. Customers for Didcot Parkway should travel on the 23:18 or 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services.

Buses will run from Reading / Didcot Parkway to Swindon / Chippenham, from Chippenham to Bath Spa and from Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads.

Monday - Friday

The 09:07 Bristol Temple Meads to Westbury service will not run.

The 15:12 and 17:36 Swindon to Westbury services will depart up to 15 minutes earlier / later than usual.

Friday

The 22:27 and 23:32 London Paddington to Oxford services will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

The 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey and will not call at Pangbourne. Connecting bus services will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

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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:

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Amended service at Burnham or Taplow from 22:15 each night from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Great Western Railway

Routes affected

Between London Paddington and Reading / Oxford

Description

Engineering work is taking place on 2 out of 4 tracks between Slough and Reading. The following amendments are in place:

Monday - Thursday

Each night, no trains will call at Burnham or Taplow after 22:15. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

Tuesday - Friday

The 00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford.

Friday

The 23:49 London Paddington to Reading and 23:15 Reading to London Paddington services will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Connecting buses will run via Slough.

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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:

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Amended Northern services from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 August

Train companies affected

Northern

Routes affected

Various Northern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Northern network, the following alterations will apply:

The 22:42 Preston to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus.

The 22:47 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Stockport. A connecting bus service will run from Chinley to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Stockport.

The 22:48 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus. A second bus service will also run from Knutsford to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:06 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by a bus between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will be retimed to run earlier than usual. A bus will run from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street at 23:09.

The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel or Levenshulme. A bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield service will be replaced by a bus.

The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme or Handforth. A bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, calling at these stations.

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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:

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Amended Southeastern services from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 August

Train companies affected

Southeastern

Routes affected

Various Southeastern routes

Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Southeastern network. The following services will be amended:

Wednesday / Thursday

22:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will terminate at Ashford International. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:12 Ramsgate to Ashford International. This service will terminate at Dover Priory. A replacement bus will be provided from Dover Priory calling at Folkestone Central, Folkestone West, Sandling and Ashford International.

Thursday and Friday

00:43 Dover Priory to Ramsgate. This additional service will call at Martin Mill, Walmer, Deal, Sandwich and Ramsgate.

01:07 Ashford Interbnational to Canterbury West. This train is cancelled.

23:37 London St Pancras to Ramsgate. This service will run fast from Ashford to Ramsgate. A replacement bus will be provided from Ashford International.

23:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory. This service will be diverted at Ashford International and call additionally at Wye, Chilham, Chartham and terminate at Canterbury West. A replacement bus service will be provided from Ashford International, calling at Sandling, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory and Westenhanger.

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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:

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There are currently no planned changes to train times.