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Updates for 24 May 2017

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23:30 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 02:34

This train will be diverted from Doncaster.
This train will call additionally at Wakefield Westgate.
This is due to a broken down train.
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Travel Disruptions (2)

Major disruption at Manchester Victoria until at least the end of today, Wednesday 24 May

Following the tragic events that occurred at Manchester Arena on Monday night, Manchester Victoria station will remain closed and no trains will operate to or from the station, due to its proximity to the arena.

Manchester Victoria is expected to remain closed until at least the end of the day today, Wednesday 24 May, but may remain closed for several days. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

Trains will not run to / from and through Manchester Victoria. Trains will be diverted, cancelled or start / terminate at alternative stations.

You are advised to AVOID the Manchester Victoria / Manchester Arena area. Please follow instructions from staff and emergency services.

Advice for Northern customers:

Northern will operate services on the following routes to replace those which would normally call at Manchester Victoria:

  • Leeds - Manchester Victoria: Trains will start and terminate at Rochdale. A replacement bus service will run between Rochdale and Manchester Piccadilly calling at all intermediate stations.
  • Huddersfield - Manchester Victoria: Trains will start and terminate at Stalybridge. A replacement bus service will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly calling at Ashton-under-Lyne.
  • Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Victoria: Trains will start and terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.
  • Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport: A reduced service will run on this route.
  • Southport - Manchester Airport: These services will start and terminate at Manchester Piccadilly and run to Southport via Bolton, calling additionally at all stations between Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Kirkby - Manchester Victoria: Trains will run between Wigan Wallgate and Kirkby only.
  • Wigan Wallgate - Manchester Victoria: Trains will start and terminate at Salford Central.
  • Blackpool North - Hazel Grove: The majority of these through services are cancelled.
  • Blackpool North - Manchester Victoria: Trains will start and terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.
  • Blackpool North - Manchester Airport: A reduced service will run on this route.
  • Clitheroe - Manchester Victoria: Trains will run between Clitheroe and Bolton only.
  
You may use your ticket on Metrolink, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, and Virgin Trains via any reasonable route. Metrolink are currently unable to call at Manchester Victoria.

You may also use Stagecoach buses between Stalybridge and Manchester on routes 231, 216, 236 and 237.

Normal services will run into and out of Manchester Piccadilly to and from all south Manchester destinations.

Advice for TransPennine Express customers:

Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle will be diverted to start / terminate at Manchester Piccadilly, not running between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Passengers should use alternative trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

You may use your ticket on CrossCountry, Virgin Trains East Coast, East Midlands Trains and Northern via any reasonable route.

TransPennine Express services between Scarborough and Liverpool Lime Street will operate as normal.

TPE Advance ticket holders may travel on any TransPennine Express service today.

TransPennine Express customers wishing to re-evaluate their travel plans may apply for a full refund, without any administration fee, on all ticket types.

Advice for customers travelling to and from Manchester with other train companies

CrossCountry are allowing customers with pre-booked tickets to and from Manchester to travel at any time until Sunday 28 May. Please travel as close to the booked train time as possible on the alternative travel day. Customers booked to travel to or from Manchester in the next 12 weeks, and decide not to travel, may apply for a full refund without any administration fee on all ticket types.

Arriva Trains Wales will be accepting specific Advance tickets from Manchester dated for Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24 May for travel at any times from today until Thursday 25 May inclusive. If you had an Advance purchase ticket to get home from the concert then please don't worry about it not being honoured on other trains. Please stick to your booked train time where possible if you do not wish to travel on the original booked date.

East Midlands Trains ticket restrictions have been lifted for all customers travelling to/from Manchester Piccadilly for the remainder of today. Anyone not wishing to travel can claim a refund at the place of purchase.

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Industrial action suspended - Normal Southern, Merseyrail and Northern service on Tuesday 30 May

The RMT Union has suspended the industrial action that had been planned to affect Southern, Merseyrail and Northern services on Tuesday 30 May.

The planned train service will run normally on Tuesday 30 May.

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

No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (25)

Buses replace overnight trains between Haywards Heath and Lewes from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Each night between 21:25 and 05:17, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Wivelsfield and Lewes closing the line.

Buses will replace trains between Haywards Heath and Lewes.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended Southeastern services to and from Gillingham / Faversham from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Sole street and Strood / Sittingbourne each night, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

Wednesday and Thursday

The 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.

The 23:09 and 23:39 London Charing Cross to Gillingham will terminate at Strood. A replacement bus will depart Strood calling at all stations to Faversham.

Wednesday to Friday

The 00:07 and 00:37 London Victoria to Gillingham will terminate at Meopham. A replacement bus will depart Meopham calling at all stations to Sittingbourne.

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

An additional train will depart Sittingbourne at 02:10 calling at all stations to Ramsgate.

The 04:05 Gillingham to London Charing Cross will start from Gravesend at 04:31. A replacement bus will depart Gillingham calling at all stations to Gravesend.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace late night trains between Ashford International and Dover Priory / Ramsgate from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Ashford International and Dover Priory from 22:40 each night, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

The 22:40 and 23:40 London Charing Cross to Dover Priory services will terminate at Ashford International. A replacement bus will run between Ashford International and Dover Priory. A replacement minibus will run between Westenhanger and Sandling. 

An additional train will depart Dover Priory at 00:42 to Ramsgate.

The 23:37 London St Pancras International to Ramsgate will run fast between Ashford International and Ramsgate. A bus will run between Ashford International and Ramsgate, calling at all stations.

The 23:12 Ramsgate to London St Pancras International will terminate at Dover Priory. A replacement bu will run between Dover Priory and Ashford International. A replacement minibus will run between Westenhanger and Sandling.

An additional train will depart Ramsgate at 23:26, calling at Ashford International only.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended service between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester each night from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester and Chester each evening, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:


The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will terminate at Chester. A replacement bus will run between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester service starts later at 23:34 and is diverted and unable to call at stations between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester. A replacement bus will be in operation, calling at all stations.

The 00:32 Manchester to Piccadilly to Chester service will not run. A replacement bus will be in operation.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended service to and from Reading from 22:00 each night Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Reading and Bedwyn from 22:00 each night, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

The 21:24 Newbury to Bedwyn and the 22:01 Reading to Bedwyn will be bus replaced throughout.

The 22:21 London Paddington to Bedwyn service will terminate at Reading where a bus will run from Reading to Bedwyn.

The 21:55 and 23:00 Bedwyn to Reading services will be replaced by a bus. 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended 04:47 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads until 05:15 each morning, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

The 04:47 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service will depart at 04:50 and will be diverted to not call at Bristol Parkway. A replacement bus will run at 04:20 from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads to connect with the train.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended service between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe from 23:00 Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme from 23:40 until 05:10 each night, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly and the 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe services will not call at Handford, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme. 

Customers may use the replacement bus between Wilmslow and Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations. 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended late night service between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester Victoria and Salford Crescent / Eccles / Newton-le-Willows and between Patricroft and Edge Hill, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street will run as a replacement bus throughout.

The 23:19 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria will run as a replacement bus throughout.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended overnight services between Chester / Llandudno and Holyhead from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Holyhead and Chester, closing all lines.

Monday - Thursday

The 22:52 Birmingham New Street to Holyhead service terminates at Chester. A replacement bus will run from Chester to Holyhead.

Tuesday - Friday

The 04:38 Llandudno to Crewe service will start from Chester at 05:37. Customers should travel on the 05:15 train from Llandudno Junction. There will be no bus from Llandudno and Llandudno Junction.

The 05:54 Llandudno to Llandudno Junction will be run later than normal at 06:04.

The 06:13 Llandudno Junction to Llandudno will start later than normal at 06:17.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended TransPennine Express service between York and Manchester Airport each night from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester and Leeds / York, closing various lines over the course of the week.

Monday to Thursday

The 23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will not call at Manchester Victoria.

Tuesday to Friday

The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will be re-timed to depart Manchester Piccadilly at 00:58 and will call additionally at Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

The 04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will be re-timed to depart later at 04:50.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended late night service between Reading and Gatwick Airport from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Guildford and Gomshall from 23:00 each night, from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 April, closing all lines.

The 22:34 and 23:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport will terminate at Guildford. A bus will run from Guildford to Gatwick Airport.

The 23:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will terminate at Redhill. A bus will operate from Redhill to Guildford. A train will operate from Guildford to Reading.

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.

No trains between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Pencoed after 21:50 each night from Monday 22 until Thursday 25 May

Engineering work will be taking place between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

Arriva Trains Wales

After 21:50, trains that usually run between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via the Mainline will be diverted to run via the Vale of Glamorgan line. A replacement bus service will run between Cardiff Central and Bridgend calling at Mainline stations.

 

Great Western Railway

The 20:15, 21:15 and 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea services will be diverted between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, departing Bridgend and beyond up to 27 minutes later than normal.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

From 22:15 buses replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford which will connect into and out of Greater Anglia Main Line services.

The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services are cancelled. Customers should use alternative services.

The 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street will have a bus replacement between Wickford and London Liverpool Street. 

The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street will be re-timed to depart at23:16 and will have a bus replacement between Wickford and London Liverpool Street. 

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Bristol Temple Meads and Patchway from 23:40 each night, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. A bus will run from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff 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.

Amended early morning service between Reading and Gatwick Airport from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Redhill and Gomshall from 00:01 until 05:40 each morning, closing some lines.

The 04:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport service will depart at 04:53 and will terminate at Redhill. A rail connection will run from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

The 05:56 Gatwick Airport to Reading service will start from Redhill at 06:13. An earlier rail connection will run from Gatwick Airport to Redhill.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended late night service between London Euston and Wolverhampton from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Galton Junction and Bushbury Junction from 01:00 until 05:00 each night, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

The 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will reverse at Birminham New Street and arrive into Wolverhampton later.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended 00:21 Reading to Newbury service from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Reading West and Newbury from 00:01 until 04:55 each morning, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

The 00:21 Reading to Newbury service will be replaced by a bus throughout.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended late night service between London Charing Cross and Hayes from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

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

Customer Advice:

The 23:02, 23:32 and 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes services will terminate at Lewisham. A bus will run between Lewisham to Hayes, calling at all stations.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Buses replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North from 23:50 each night Monday 22 to Friday 26 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage from midnight each night from Monday to Thursday.

Customer Advice:

Buses will replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work in the Northampton area from 23:05 each night, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

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.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended 22:17 Ipswich to Lowestoft service from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May

Engineering work is taking place between Woodbridge and Saxmundham, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

The 22:17 Ipswich to Lowestoft service is cancelled and will run as a bus throughout.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

Amended TfL Rail service until late May

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering work between Brentwood and Shenfield, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

Until late May 2017 there will be an amended weekday TfL Rail service between Gidea Park and Shenfield.

A full weekend service has resumed to and from Shenfield.

On weekdays:

  • Trains run approximately every 20 minutes between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield
  • Peak services between Gidea Park and Brentwood continue to be slightly reduced
  • Trains towards London Liverpool Street may depart Brentwood and Harold Wood slightly earlier

 

A full weekday service will resume later in May.

Saturday 20 May

There will be no TfL Rail service between London Liverpool Street and Stratford. Please use the Central line.
Trains will run approximately every 10 minutes on the rest of the line. Trains towards Stratford will only stop at Maryland every 20 minutes.

Saturday 27 May

There will be no TfL Rail service between London Liverpool Street and Stratford. Please use the Central line.
Trains will run approximately every 10 minutes on the rest of the line. Trains towards Stratford will only stop at Maryland every 20 minutes.

Spring Bank Holiday

A full weekend service has now resumed between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Trains from Shenfield towards London Liverpool Street may depart earlier and depart from any platform,

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey by 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:

Crossrail, which is now known as the Elizabeth Line, will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new tunnels under central London and will bring faster journey times, new trains and improved accessibility.

Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

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.

Major improvement works between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central until Sunday 18 June

Network Rail are carrying out essential renewal work on the city centre underground sections of the Wirral line. This means that Wirral Line trains will not be able to serve Moorfields, Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central stations. At certain times, trains towards Liverpool will be unable to travel beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North.

The track in the underground 'loop', which forms the one way section of the Wirral line under Liverpool city centre, was built in the 1970s, and has been well maintained by Network Rail and its predecessors. But 40 years on, the concrete that supports the track in the single bore tunnels needs to be replaced. To minimise disruption, Network Rail is also taking the opportunity to replace the track under the riverbed between James Street and Hamilton Square at the same time.

Customer Advice:

Phase 1

Completed on time.

Phase 2

Until Monday 29th May

Wirral Line trains will run as far as James Street on weekdays. At the weekends, trains will run only as far as Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. However, on bank holiday weekends, and the Saturday of the Grand National, they will run to James Street.

Weekdays you should use local bus route 10a between James Street and Liverpool Central calling at Moorfields.

Customers travelling between James Street and Moorfields may find it quicker, if able, to walk between these two stations. Walking time is approximately 10 minutes.

Weekends buses will operate between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central, calling at Moorfields except on the following dates:

On Saturday 20 May, buses will run between James Street and Liverpool Central.

On Sunday 21 May until 09:00, buses will run between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central.

From 09:00, buses will run between James Street and Liverpool Central.

Phase 3

From Tuesday 30th May until Sunday 18th June

There will again be no Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool.

Buses will operate between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central, calling at Moorfields.

If you are travelling between the South Wirral and North Wirral Lines, you should use the shuttle service that is operating between Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. This service calls at Birkenhead Park, Conway Park and Hamilton Square.

Demand for Merseyrail services is higher in the summer than in the winter, and while we understand there is never a good time to carry out this sort of work, the dates have been chosen to affect the minimum number of journeys possible. By undertaking all the work in one go, Network Rail can complete the track renewals quicker, and avoid a situation where time is wasted moving heavy machinery into and out of the narrow city centre tunnels.

Check before you travel:

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

You can plan your journey on local buses by using use the Traveline website

Replacement buses & Bicycles:

Merseyrail are running a 'Bike Bus', which is a vehicle that can carry bikes and owners together. The Bike Bus will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool at key times during Wirral loop line track renewal for customers travelling with bikes. More information on this can be found here.

Further information on the rail replacement bus services can be found here.

Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

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

Long term changes

Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.

Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

More information will be released when available, including travel advice.

Further information


Travelling at the weekend

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

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

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

Longer term changes

Thameslink services which run through central London will not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

Southeastern

Until January 2018

Most trains to and from London Charing Cross will be able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)

Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.

During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.

Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East

Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:04 and 09:17

Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:37 and 18:03

During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below

For a full list of major service changes visit key dates and service changes.

Planning your Journey

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

Alternative routes and travel advice

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

  • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes
  • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination

If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

The accepted routes are:

  • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
  • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
  • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
  • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
  • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
  • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

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

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

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

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