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Updates for 19 January 2017

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14:52 Aberdeen to London Kings Cross due 22:13

This train has been delayed at Newcastle and is now 95 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

15:30 London Kings Cross to Glasgow Central due 21:25

This train has been delayed between York and Northallerton and is now 56 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

16:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 23:10

This train has been delayed between York and Darlington and is now 28 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

16:00 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 20:46

This train has been delayed at Newcastle and is now 160 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

16:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 21:12

This train has been delayed between York and Northallerton and is now 98 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

17:00 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 21:42

This train has been delayed at Newcastle and is now 123 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

17:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 22:08

This train has been delayed at York and is now 65 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

18:18 Aberdeen to Leeds due 00:45

This train will be delayed at Edinburgh and is expected to be 25 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires earlier today.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

18:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 23:15

This train will call additionally at Northallerton.
This is due to the train making extra stops because a train was cancelled.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

18:30 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 23:35

This train has been delayed at Newcastle and is now 32 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

19:30 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 22:39

This train will be cancelled.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
Customers travelling from London Kings Cross to York, Darlington and Newcastle are advised to travel on the 2000 Virgin Trains departure for Sunderland. This train will also call additionally at Peterborough, Newark Northgate and Doncaster.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

19:35 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 01:03

This train will be delayed at Newcastle and is expected to be 30 minutes late.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires earlier today.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

19:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 21:56

This train will call additionally at Newark North Gate and Stevenage.
Disabled toilets are reduced.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

20:00 London Kings Cross to Sunderland due 23:20

This train will call additionally at Peterborough, Newark North Gate, Doncaster and Northallerton.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

Catering updates (2)

21:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 00:41

Catering is not available throughout.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires earlier today.

22:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 02:14

Catering is not available throughout.
This is due to damage to the overhead electric wires earlier today.

Timetable Changes

No planned engineering works found.

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Travel Disruptions (9)

Major disruption between Newcastle and York until the end of service

The overhead electric wires have been damaged near Northallerton. Trains between Newcastle and York are expected to be disrupted until the end of service today. Please allow for delays of up to 3 hours to your journey this evening.

The following alterations currently apply:

  • Trains from York towards Northallerton are able to run but a speed restriction is in place
  • Trains from Northallerton towards York are now able to run at a reduced speed
  • TransPennine Express services between Newcastle and York, and also between Middlesbrough and York are now able to run but short notice alterations may still occur
  • Very limited road transport is running between Darlington and York in both directions
  • Road transport is also running between Middlesbrough and York in both directions

Customer Advice:
There is mutual ticket acceptance in place for customers travelling with Virgin Trains East Coast, TransPennine Express and CrossCountry.

If you are travelling with Virgin Trains East Coast from Scotland and the North-East towards London, you may use your ticket to travel tomorrow.

If you are travelling with Grand Central, you may use TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast services on all reasonable routes.

CrossCountry customers may also use Grand Central services on all reasonable routes.

 

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

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

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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Delays to and from Southminster expected until 22:00

Following a passenger having been taken ill on a train at Southminster, all lines have now reopened. Trains to and from the station may be cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 30 minutes. This is expected to continue until 22:00

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

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

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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Delays between Slade Green and Crayford until 21:30

Due to a broken down train between Slade Green and Crayford:

Impact:
Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 10 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 21:30 19/01.

What's happened?
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The 18:54 Cannon Street - Sidcup train has broken down between Barnehurst and Crayford.

How does this affect my journey?
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Trains can run in the affected area but may face delays as some will have to run on alternative lines.

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

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

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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Disruption between Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith North Lakes expected until the end of the day

The broken down train between Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith North Lakes has moved. Residual delays of up to 90 minutes can be expected while services return to normal. This is expected to continue until the end of the day.

Customer Advice:

TransPennine Express customers may use tickets on Northern and Virgin Trains on all reasonable routes.

Virgin Trains customers are being accepted on CrossCountry and TransPennine Express services on all reasonable routes.

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

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

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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Reduced Southern service today, Thursday 19 January

The ASLEF union have suspended all industrial action, including the strikes due to take place on 24, 25 and 27 January and the overtime ban.

The amended timetable will remain in place until Friday 20 January (inclusive), however extra services will be reinstated if possible.

The RMT conductor strike on 23 January is still expected to take place. Additional information can be found here.

The timetable below will operate today with additional services operating where possible.

All routes are affected. Please see here for a map showing routes with an altered service in brown or grey.

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service. See below for details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes
  • On routes shown in brown, you are advised that there will be a reduced service and you are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible
  • On routes shown with a grey dotted line, only buses will operate

 

Key alterations include:

  • A very limited peak service between Brighton and London
  • No Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and Brighton
  • A reduced service will run between London and Littlehampton/Eastbourne and Ore
  • No Southern services between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia
  • Very limited peak services between Tulse Hill and London Bridge
  • No Southern services to/from Beckenham Junction
  • No Southern service to/from Guildford
  • No Southern service to/from Wimbledon
  • A reduced service will operate between London and Caterham and between London and Tattenham Corner
  • Very limited peak service between Redhill and London
  • No direct service between Tonbridge or Reigate and London (a change of trains required at Redhill)
  • No Southern trains between Lewes and Seaford (bus service in operation)
  • No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required at Barnham)
  • No direct Southern trains between Ashford International and Brighton (a change of trains will be required at Eastbourne)

 

You are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey, if at all possible.

Any trains not running because of these planned alterations have been removed from the timetable database. They therefore do not appear at all on online journey planners or station information screens (rather than showing as cancelled).

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner or Live Departure Boards. These have been updated and are showing the planned service for today and tomorrow.

Further information, including PDF timetables with the planned cancellations on can be found here.

Alternative travel options:

Brighton & Hove buses
Brighton & Hove buses will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Gatwick Express
Only tickets that are normally valid for travel on Gatwick Express services can be used on the Gatwick Express network.

Great Western Railway
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between Redhill and Reigate, and between Brighton and Southampton Central.

London Buses
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
  • Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
  • Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
  • Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
  • Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham

 

London Midland
Customers who hold tickets routed 'Kensington Olympia' or 'Southern Only' for journeys from / to stations across the London Midland network and stations south of London can use London Midland services to / from London Euston.

London Overground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and Canada Water
  • Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
  • Watford Junction and London Euston

 

London Trams
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys across the whole London Trams network.

London Underground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between the following points only. THE TICKETS CANNOT BE USED AT INTERMEDIATE TUBE STATIONS:

  • Canada Water and London Bridge
  • Balham and  London Victoria / London Bridge / London Euston
  • London Bridge and London Victoria
  • London Victoria and London Blackfriars
  • London Victoria and London Euston

 

Metrobus
Metrobus will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Southeastern (Southern tickets will NOT be accepted on High Speed services)

  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can be used on train services to / from Elmers End
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can be used on train services to / from Nunhead

 

Rail tickets routed via Haywards Heath, via East Croydon and 'Southern Only' will be accepted for reasonable journeys between:

  • Hastings and London via Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells and London
  • Ashford International and London

 

South West Trains:

South West Trains are limited in capacity and we strongly advise that you do NOT to attempt to travel on their services; but if you do travel please allow extra time to complete your journey. Tickets routed 'Southern Only' can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Portsmouth Harbour / Havant and Southampton Central
  • Dorking and London via Wimbledon
 

Thameslink

  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park and Brockley can also use Nunhead or Crofton Park instead
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of London Victoria can use Thameslink services to / from London Blackfriars or London Bridge
  • Rail tickets routed 'Southern Only' will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars
  • Ticket holders with an origin or destination of stations between Wembley Central and Milton Keynes Central for journeys to / from south of London, can use their ticket at their nearest station on the Thameslink route between London and Bedford to travel on Thameslink (but not East Midlands Trains) services to be able to complete their journey

 

More information on travelling to the airport, booked assistance and Travelcards can be found here.

Information for customers with tickets booked on strike days:

If you have a ticket booked for a journey that involves travelling on the Southern network on one of the strike days, Southern will be happy to give you your money back if you decide not to travel.

Alternatively, you can travel on the first non-strike day after your booking though you may not be guaranteed a seat as trains are likely to be very busy.

Please note: your tickets will only be valid on the first non-strike day after your original booking.

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

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: We want to make information better - tell us how! Fill out this online Disruption Survey.

Southern set to restore full rail service

Southern members of the ASLEF union have suspended all industrial action, including strikes due to take place on 24, 25 and 27 January.

The amended timetable will remain in place until Friday 20 January (inclusive), however extra services will be reinstated if possible. More information is available here.

Services on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January may also be subject to alteration. Please check the Journey Planner before you travel for the latest information.

The RMT conductor strike on Monday 23 January is still expected to take place. More information here.

For specific information relating to journeys today, please click here

You can find compensation and refund information here.

Information for customers with tickets booked on strike days:

If you have a ticket booked for a journey that involves travelling on the Southern rail network on one of the strike days, Southern will be happy to give you your money back if you decide not to travel.

Alternatively you can travel on the first non-strike day after your booking, though we may not be able to guarantee you a seat as trains are likely to be very busy. Please note, your tickets will only be valid on the first non-strike day after your original booking.

If you decide to travel on another operators' trains or on a different type of public transport, while these will not be affected by strikes, they may be busier than usual.

Check before you travel:
Journey Planner has been updated and is showing the planned service for today and tomorrow.

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim. If you decide not to travel, you can get a refund from the company from which you originally bought the ticket.

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

Feedback:
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Delays in the Worthing and Barnham areas expected until 21:30

An earlier signalling problem in the Barnham area is causing delays of up to 15 minutes to trains towards Barnham and Bognor Regis. Although the fault has now been repaired, cancellations and delays can still be expected as the service recovers.

The trespass incident in the Worthing area has also been resolved. Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected while services return to normal.

We anticipate a good service on both routes will be operating by approximately 21:30.

Customer Advice:

Tickets are being accepted on the following services:

  • Thameslink on any reasonable route
  • Gatwick Express on any reasonable route
  • Brighton & Hove buses on any reasonable route
  • Replacement road transport supplementing the service between Horsham and Barnham and Bognor Regis

Twitter:
If you would like to follow these incidents on Twitter, please use #Barnham and #EastWorthing

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

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:
We want to make information better - tell us how! Fill out this online Disruption Survey

Buses replace trains between Dalmally and Oban until at least end of service Friday 20 January

A vehicle has struck a bridge at Taynuilt. As a result, trains cannot run between Dalmally and Oban. Buses will run between these stations, extending your journey time.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least end of service on Friday 20 January.

Customer Advice:

If you have onward connections speak to station staff or use help points for further information.

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

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

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:
We want to make information better - tell us how! Fill out this online Disruption Survey.

Reduced Southern and Gatwick Express service due to RMT Union strike action on Monday 23 January

The members of the RMT union are set to take strike action on Monday 23 January. As a result, the following timetable will operate.

All routes are affected. Please see here for a map showing routes with an altered service in brown or grey.

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service. See below for details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes
  • On routes shown in brown, you are advised that there will be a reduced service and you are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible
  • On routes shown with a grey dotted line, only buses will operate

 

Key alterations include:

  • A very limited peak service between Brighton and London
  • No Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and Brighton
  • A reduced service will run between London and Littlehampton/Eastbourne and Ore
  • No Southern services between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia
  • Very limited peak services between Tulse Hill and London Bridge
  • No Southern services to/from Beckenham Junction
  • No Southern service to/from Guildford
  • No Southern service to/from Wimbledon
  • A reduced service will operate between London and Caterham and between London and Tattenham Corner
  • Very limited peak service between Redhill and London
  • No direct service between Tonbridge or Reigate and London (a change of trains required at Redhill)
  • No Southern trains between Lewes and Seaford (bus service in operation)
  • No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required at Barnham)
  • No direct Southern trains between Ashford International and Brighton (a change of trains will be required at Eastbourne)
  • Amended service between Dorking and Horsham
  • Amended service between Uckfield and London Bridge
  • Amended service between Ashford International and Hastings
  • Amended services on Coastway routes (Eastbourne, Brighton, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth and Southampton)

 

You are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey, if at all possible.

Any trains not running because of these planned alterations have been removed from the timetable database. They therefore do not appear at all on online journey planners or station information screens (rather than showing as cancelled).

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner or Live Departure Boards. These have been updated and are showing the planned service for today.

Further information, including PDF timetables with the planned cancellations on can be found here. 

Alternative travel options:

Brighton & Hove buses
Brighton & Hove buses will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Gatwick Express
Only tickets that are normally valid for travel on Gatwick Express services can be used on the Gatwick Express network.

Great Western Railway
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between Redhill and Reigate, and between Brighton and Southampton Central.

London Buses
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
  • Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
  • Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
  • Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
  • Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham

 

London Midland
Customers who hold tickets routed 'Kensington Olympia' or 'Southern Only' for journeys from / to stations across the London Midland network and stations south of London can use London Midland services to / from London Euston.

London Overground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and Canada Water
  • Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
  • Watford Junction and London Euston

 

London Trams
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys across the whole London Trams network.

London Underground
Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between the following points only. THE TICKETS CANNOT BE USED AT INTERMEDIATE TUBE STATIONS:

  • Canada Water and London Bridge
  • Balham and  London Victoria / London Bridge / London Euston
  • London Bridge and London Victoria
  • London Victoria and London Blackfriars
  • London Victoria and London Euston

 

Metrobus
Metrobus will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network.

Southeastern (Southern tickets will NOT be accepted on High Speed services)

  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can be used on train services to / from Elmers End
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can be used on train services to / from Nunhead

 

Rail tickets routed via Haywards Heath, via East Croydon and 'Southern Only' will be accepted for reasonable journeys between:

  • Hastings and London via Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells and London
  • Ashford International and London

 

South West Trains:

South West Trains are limited in capacity and we strongly advise that you do NOT to attempt to travel on their services; but if you do travel please allow extra time to complete your journey. Tickets routed 'Southern Only' can be used for reasonable journeys between:

  • Portsmouth Harbour / Havant and Southampton Central
  • Dorking and London via Wimbledon

 

Thameslink

  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park and Brockley can also use Nunhead or Crofton Park instead
  • Rail tickets with an origin or destination of London Victoria can use Thameslink services to / from London Blackfriars or London Bridge
  • Rail tickets routed 'Southern Only' will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars
  • Ticket holders with an origin or destination of stations between Wembley Central and Milton Keynes Central for journeys to / from south of London, can use their ticket at their nearest station on the Thameslink route between London and Bedford to travel on Thameslink (but not East Midlands Trains) services to be able to complete their journey

 

More information on travelling to the airport, booked assistance and Travelcards can be found here.

Information for customers with tickets booked on strike days:

If you have a ticket booked for a journey that involves travelling on the Southern network on Monday, Southern will be happy to give you your money back if you decide not to travel.

Alternatively, you can travel on the first non-strike day after your booking though you may not be guaranteed a seat as trains are likely to be very busy.

Please note: your tickets will only be valid on the first non-strike day after your original booking.

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

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: We want to make information better - tell us how! Fill out this online Disruption Survey.

No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (18)

Amended overnight Southeastern trains from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work at various locations closing various lines.

Customer Advice:

Monday to Thursday

23:34 London Victoria to Gillingham is replaced by a bus between Swanley and Gillingham.

Tuesday to Friday

00:07 London Victoria to Ramsgate will run non stop between London Victoria and Rochester.

00:09 London Charing Cross to Gravesend is diverted between Lewisham and Dartford and will call additionally at Kidbrooke, Eltham, Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst, Dartford, Stone Crossing, Greenhithe, Swanscombe and Northfleet.

00:27 London Cannon Street to Dartford will call at New Cross, Lewisham, Blackheath, Kidbrooke, Eltham, Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath and Barnehurst. A replacement bus will run between Lewisham and Dartford calling at Lewisham, Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green.

00:39 London Charing Cross and Gillingham is diverted between Lewisham and Dartford and will call additionally at Kidbrooke, Eltham, Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst, Dartford,  Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Gravesend, Higham, Strood, Rochester and Chatham. A replacement bus will run between Lewisham and Gillingham  calling at Lewisham, Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith, Slade Green, Dartford, Greenhithe, Gravesend, Higham, Strood, Rochester and Chatham.

Tuesday only

From approximately 21:00, buses replace trains between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings.

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 c2c service between Shoeburyness and London Fenchurch Street from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Engineering work is being carried out between Upminster and Barking, closing the line.

Customer Advice:

Shoeburyness - Laindon - London Fenchurch Street services will be diverted and call additionally at Stanford-le-Hope, East Tilbury, Tilbury Town and Grays.

Southend - Ockendon -London Fenchurch Street services will be diverted and call additionally at Basildon, Laindon and West Horndon.

Ticket acceptance:

Customers with a valid rail ticket may use the London Underground District Line between Upminster and Barking.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended late night service between Bidston and Wrexham from 9 January to 31 March

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the route, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

Monday to Thursday

The 21:57 Wrexham Central to Bidston service will terminate at Shotton High Level. A replacement bus service will operate between Shotton High Level and Birkenhead North.

The 22:56 Bidston to Wrexham General will start at Shotton High Level, customers should use the replacement bus service that starts at Birkenhead North at 22:51.

Friday

The 22:56 Bidston to Wrexham General will not run and is replaced by a bus service.

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 TfL Rail service between Brentwood and Shenfield until late May 2017

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

Customer Advice:

No TfL Rail services will run between Shenfield and Brentwood.

A slightly reduced peak service will operate between Brentwood and Gidea Park.

A frequent rail replacement road service will operate between Shenfield and Brentwood.

Ticket acceptance:

Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided as well as Ensignbus route 81 between Shenfield and Brentwood (via Brentwood High Street) for connections with Greater Anglia services at Shenfield.

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:

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.

Buses replace trains between Abergele & Pensarn and Rhyl from Saturday 14 to Friday 27 January

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work at Abergele and Pensarn Railway station, trains cannot call at this station.

Customer Advice:

A replacement bus service will operate between Abergele & Pensarn and Rhyl.

Ticket acceptance:

Your ticket will be valid on the alternative transport provided.

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.

Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink 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.

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.

Amended early morning service between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington on Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 January

Description: 

Engineering work is taking place between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway closing all lines.

Customer Advice:

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

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 00:20 Reading to Newbury service from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 January

Description: 

Engineering work is taking place between Reading west and Newbury closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

The 00:20 Reading to Newbury service will be replaced by a bus, setting down only at stations to Newbury.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Buses replace trains between Cardiff and Carmarthen from 22:15 on Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Description:

Engineering work is taking place between Cardiff and Bridgend from 22:15 closing all lines.

Customer Advice:

The 19:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen will be diverted and unable to call at Pontyclun, Llanharan and Pencoed. A replacement bus service will serve these stations, between Bridgend and Carmarthen buses will stop to 'set down' only.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Amendments to trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Manchester Victoria and Salford Crescent / Eccles / Newton-le-Willows and between Patricroft and Edge Hill.

The 06:02 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street will start from Manchester Oxford Road.

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

The 22:20 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria will terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.

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

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended service between Crewe and Cheadle Hulme each night from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Track work is taking place between Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme each night from 23:40, closing some lines.

The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly will be replaced by a bus between Wilmslow and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will be replaced by a bus, stopping to set down only from Wilmslow.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Arriva Trains Wales services from 23:25, Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Track work is taking place between Chester and Manchester from 23:25 closing all lines.

A replacement bus service will operate between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly will terminate at Chester. The 23:14 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester train is diverted and will not call at intermediate stations, customers should use the replacement road transport provided. The 00:32 Manchester Piccadilly to Chester is cancelled, customers should use the replacement bus provided.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Reduced overnight service to Burnham and Taplow from Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

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

Monday to Thursday

The following trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Customers should travel via Slough for connecting bus service to / from Burnham and Taplow.

  • 21:36 and 23:49 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 21:56 and 22:27 London Paddington to Oxford.
  • 22:17; 22:48 and 23:15 Reading to London Paddington.

Tuesday to Friday

  • 00:34 London Paddington to Reading.
  • 00:15 Reading to London Paddington.

The 00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading will terminate at Twyford for a rail connection to Reading.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

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

Buses replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Hertford North from 23:45 until 04:50 Monday 16 to Friday 20 January

Engineering work is taking place between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains from 23:50 between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North.

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.

The train ticket you purchased for your journey will be valid on the replacement bus.

Planning your Journey

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

Major improvement works between Birkenhead Central / Birkenhead North and Liverpool Central from Tuesday 3 January 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, 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

From Tuesday 3rd January until Sunday 12th February, there will 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.

More information on Phase 1 can be found here.

Phase 2

From Monday 13th February till 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 holidays 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.

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:

Until 21 January, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

From 22 January, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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.

Buses replace trains between Carlisle and Armathwaite until 31 March

In January, poor weather conditions caused a landslip at Eden Brows, two miles north of Armathwaite. Work is ongoing to stabilise the landslip and repair damage to the track. The line is expected to reopen on 31 March.

Background - an estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth have moved already and the embankment is still moving. Whilst monitoring the embankment, Network Rail have found a twist fault in the tracks caused by the ground movement. The slip is accelerating and the extent of this landslip means it is no longer safe to run trains on this section of railway.

Customer Advice:

The line between Carlisle and Armathwaite is currently closed in both directions. While work is taking place a replacement bus service will run between these stations.

Buses will also run direct from Carlisle to Appleby.

Passengers travelling from Carlisle to stations between Appleby and Leeds are advised to use the direct bus service to Appleby to cut journey times to Leeds.

Additional buses will run between Penrith North Lakes and Appleby to connect with trains to / from Scotland.

Your journey may take approximately 60 minutes longer.

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 from Network Rail about the closure and ongoing work to this part of the iconic Settle & Carlisle line.

No trains between Gospel Oak and Barking until February

Engineering work is taking place between Gospel Oak and Barking, closing all lines from May 2016 until February 2017.

Customer Advice:

Buses will be provided between Gospel Oak and Seven Sisters and also between Walthamstow Central and Barking. Passengers should use London Underground between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central.

Information on the buses, alternative travel routes and step-free access is available here.

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.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

This project to electrify the line involves erecting overhead power lines on over 10 miles of track, altering the heights of bridges, and lowering tracks in a number of locations. Station platforms are being extended to allow new four-carriage electric trains to run. Further information can be found from Network Rail.

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.

No planned engineering works found.

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