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Updates for 26 June 2017

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05:25 Newcastle to London Kings Cross due 08:43

Disabled toilets are reduced.

Further Info:

Due to a fault, the Standard Class disabled toilet is not available on board this service. If you require this facility, please speak to a member of station staff before boarding. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

05:30 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 07:52

There are no reservations on this service throughout.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

07:05 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 09:17

Disabled toilets are reduced.

Further Info:

Due to a fault, the Standard Class disabled toilet is not available on board this service. If you require this facility, please speak to a member of station staff before boarding. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today

07:10 Leeds to Aberdeen due 13:01

There are no reservations on this service throughout.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

07:34 Harrogate to London Kings Cross due 10:35

There are no reservations on this service throughout.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

07:35 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 09:46

Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.

Further Info:

Minus coach M. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

Catering updates

There are no known catering issues at the moment.
Find out more about our onboard catering services.

Timetable Changes

No planned engineering works found.

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Travel Disruptions (5)

Delays at Oxford expected until 09:00

A fault with the signalling system at Oxford is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to trains at this station.

We anticipate once the fault has been repaired a good service will be operating by approximately 09:00.

Customer Advice:
If you are travelling from Oxford on Chiltern Railways, you should use the Park & Ride bus service (route 500) to Oxford Parkway for a connecting train.

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

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.

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Disruption between Newport and Hereford expected until 18:00

Cable theft between Cwmbran and Abergavenny is causing disruption to journeys between Newport and Hereford. As a result of this, trains between these stations may be delayed or cancelled.

This is expected to continue until approximately 18:00.

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

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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Industrial action announced affecting Merseyrail on 8, 10 and 23 July

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Merseyrail are planning to take industrial action on Saturday 8 July, Monday 10 July and Sunday 23 July.

This industrial action scheduled for 8 July may affect those planning to attend the British Style Collective Clothes Show in Liverpool.

The industrial action scheduled for 23 July coincides with the final day of The Open Golf at Royal Birkdale and may cause significant disruption to those planning to attend.

A statement from Merseyrail can be found here.

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

Industrial action announced affecting Northern from Saturday 8 July until Monday 10 July

The RMT union have announced that their members working for Northern are planning to take industrial action.

The industrial action will commence at the start of service on Saturday 8 July and finish at the end of service on Monday 10 July.

Northern will be operating a reduced service and expect services that do run to be busy. Customers are advised to give themselves more time to travel and to consider whether their journey is necessary.

For more information, please see Northern's website.

Twitter:
If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #NorthernDispute
Industrial action announced affecting Southern and Gatwick Express from Thursday 29 June onwards

The ASLEF union have announced their train driver members working for Southern and Gatwick Express will be introducing an overtime ban. This will begin at 00:01 on Thursday 29 June and will continue until further notice. Thameslink services will be unaffected.

Travel advice from Southern and Gatwick Express for the affected days is available here

In addition to the above, the RMT union have announced a new 24 hour strike between 00:01 and 23:59 on Monday 10 July. Information on how this may affect your journey will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

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

No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (16)

CANCELLED: Engineering work between Haywards Heath and Lewes via Cooksbridge after 21:15 from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June

The engineering work scheduled to take place between Haywards Heath and Lewes via Cooksbridge from 21:15 each night has been cancelled and trains on this route will now run as normal.

Planning your journey

The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
Amended late night Great Northern service between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage from Monday 26 until 05:30 Friday 30 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage, closing the line via Welwyn Garden City.

Great Northern services will not run between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Welwyn Garden City. Buses will replace these trains from approximately midnight until 05:30 each night.

Trains will be diverted via Hertford North with extended journey times.

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 Cardiff Central and Rhymney from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Cardiff Central and Caerphilly, closing some lines overnight.

The following services will be amended:

  • 22:20 Penarth to Rhymney service will be replaced by a bus between Cardiff Central and Rhymney
  • 22:50 Penarth to Ystrad Mynach service will be replaced by a bus between Cardiff Central and Ystrad Mynach

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 Piccadilly and Hadfield / Glossop / New Mills Central from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out work on the signalling equipment between Manchester Piccadilly and Hadfield, closing the line throughout the night.

The following services will be replaced by a bus throughout:

  • The 23:30 New Mills Central to Manchester Piccadilly
  • The 23:27 Manchester Piccadilly to Glossop
  • The 22:46 Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield

Additional buses will run from Godley calling at stations to Glossop and Hadfield.

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:

Signals tell the train driver when it is safe to continue ahead. Renewal and maintenance of this equipment may be required to replace old signalling equipment or to improve the positioning of the signals. This allows more efficient use of that area of the railway network, thus trains will run safely and reliably. This may also permit more trains to operate and/or allow faster journey times.

Amended early morning / late evening service between Kettering and Derby / Nottingham from Monday 26 until Friday 30 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Loughborough and Kettering, and also between East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham, closing various lines throughout the night.

On Monday, the 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International service departs Leicester earlier than usual at 04:13.

Monday to Thursday, the 22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham service is re-timed to depart Leicester and Loughborough later than usual. The train will terminate at East Midlands Parkway and be replaced by a bus forward to Beeston and Nottingham. On Friday, this train runs later than usual to Nottingham.

Monday to Thursday, the 23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby service runs later than usual between Kettering and East Midlands Parkway. The train will divert direct to Derby. A bus will be provided to run between East Midlands Parkway and Beeston, Nottingham and then forward to Derby. The service on Friday will operate as normal but will be subject to minor retiming between stations.

Monday to Friday, the 22:25 London St Pancras International to Sheffield service runs later than usual between Leicester and Sheffield.

Tuesday to Friday, the 00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester service is retimed to run later than scheduled between Kettering and Leicester.

Tuesday to Friday, the 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International service departs Leicester and Kettering up to 5 minutes later than usual before regaining its usual schedule on arrival at Wellingborough.

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 CrossCountry services from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out track maintenance work between Derby and Nottingham and also between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa each night, closing some lines between these stations.

Monday to Thursday

The 23:09 Birmingham New Street to Nottingham service will terminate at Derby. A bus will run between Derby and Nottingham.

Wednesday and Thursday

The following trains will divert between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes:

  • 21:05 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  • 18:07 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads

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:

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

Amended late night service between Reading and Bristol / Bedwyn / Cheltenham Spa from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work as part of the Great Western Electrification scheme every night from approximately 22:20 until early morning at 05:20, with all lines closed between Didcot Parkway and Chippenham.

High Speed services:

Late evening trains between London Paddington and Penzance / Exeter St Davids / Taunton / Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / Swansea will be diverted between Reading and Bath Spa, not calling at Didcot Parkway, Swindon and Chippenham.

Road transport will run between Reading and Swindon / Chippenham. Further road transport will be available from Swindon to stations via Stroud, Gloucester, Chippenham and Bath Spa.

Additional stops will be made for Didcot Parkway on other services.

Cheltenham Spa to Swindon / Bristol Temple Meads:

Late evening trains between Cheltenham Spa and Swindon will be extended to call at stations via Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads, with an additional service running as well.

Reading to Bedwyn:

Late evening stopping services will depart stations later than the usual timetable.

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:

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

The electrification of one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways will provide greener, more reliable journeys and improve connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford.

Amended overnight service between Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Manchester Piccadilly and Dewsbury, closing various lines overnight.

Monday to Thursday from approximately 23:35

Trains will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport up to 40 minutes later than usual.

The 23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will not call at Huddersfield. An earlier replacement bus will operate from Huddersfield to Dewsbury to connect with the train.

Early mornings Tuesday to Friday

The 01:38 and 02:52 York to Manchester Airport services will not call at Huddersfield but will call additionally at Brighouse.

Earlier replacement buses will operate from Huddersfield to Brighouse to connect with the train. The buses will then travel back to Huddersfield for connecting passengers. The journey time will be approximately 15 minutes.

The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will be replaced by an earlier bus between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly 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.

Buses replace late night trains between Shenfield and Wickford from Monday 26 until Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out overhead electric wire renewal works between Shenfield and Wickford, closing all lines.

From approximately 22:15, buses will operate between Shenfield and Wickford, with the exception of the following services:

The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services are cancelled. Passengers for Southend should travel on the 00:18 London Liverpool Street to Colchester service and 00:50 (re-timed from 00:46) Liverpool Street to Colchester service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

The 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street service will be replaced by a bus from Wickford through to London Liverpool Street.

The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street service will be re-timed to depart at 23:16 and will be replaced by a bus from Wickford through to 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 Great Western Railway services through the Severn Tunnel each night from 23:30 Monday 26 until Friday 30 June

Network Rail are carrying out electrification and re-signalling work between Severn Tunnel Junction and Patchway, closing all lines between these stations from approximately 23:30.

Monday to Wednesday

The 23:27 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads service will depart Patchway and beyond by up to 5 minutes later than the usual schedule.

Thursday

The 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea service will be diverted and run later than usual between Newport and Swansea.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be diverted and run later than usual between Newport and Swansea. The train will also be set-down only at Newport and Cardiff Central.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

The electrification of one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways will provide greener, more reliable journeys and improve connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford.

Amended service between Colchester and Ipswich from 21:45 each night Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Colchester and Manningtree, closing some lines from 21:45 each night.

Customer advice:

The 22:00 and 23:30 London Liverpool Street to Norwich services will have an extended journey time of 10 minutes, whilst passing the work-site.

All other trains from 21:45 between London Liverpool Street and Norwich / Ipswich will start or terminate at Colchester. A rail replacement bus will run between Colchester and Ipswich.

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 Bristol Temple Meads and Frome on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Westbury and Frome, closing the line.

Each night, the 23:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Frome service will be replaced by a bus between Westbury and Frome.

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 London Paddington and Didcot Parkway from Monday 26 until late night on Friday 30 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Tilehurst and Didcot Parkway, closing 2 out of 4 lines.

Monday

Until approximately 05:15, trains will use alternative platforms at Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Tilehurst. Trains will not call at Pangbourne.

Customers for Pangbourne should travel to Tilehurst then connect with a bus.

Customers from Pangbourne should travel by bus to Tilehurst to connect with a train.

Tuesday to 05:15 on Friday

Early morning trains between London Paddington and Reading will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Passengers should change at Slough for a connecting bus service to these stations. There will also be a bus from Burnham and Taplow to connect with trains at Slough.

Friday night

Late night trains between London Paddington and Oxford / Banbury will use alternative platforms at Tilehurst, Goring & Streatley and Cholsey. Trains will not call at Pangbourne.

Passengers travelling to Pangbourne should travel to Tilehurst then by bus forward to Pangbourne. Passengers from Pangbourne should use the bus to Tilehurst to connect with a train service.

Also, late night trains between London Paddington and Reading will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Passengers should change at Slough for a connecting bus service to these stations. There will also be a bus from Burnham and Taplow to connect with trains at Slough.

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 Maidstone East and Ashford International after 23:45 from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Maidstone East and Ashford International, closing the lines.

Monday - Thursday

The 22:52 and 23:22 London Victoria to Ashford International services will be replaced by buses between Maidstone East and Ashford International.

Tuesday - Friday

The 00:22 London Victoria to Ashford International service will be replaced by a bus between Maidstone East and Ashford International.

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.

 

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 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 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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