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Updates for 20 June 2018

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10:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 17:04

10:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 17:04 has been previously delayed but is now 18 minutes late from Edinburgh.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system earlier today.
Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.

Further Info:

Minus coach G. Reservations for coach G have been distributed as follows: G01 to G07 in coach C, G08 to G12 in coach D, G13 to G75 in coach F.

14:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 21:11

Facilities on the 14:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 21:11.
Disabled toilet facilities are not available.

Further Info:

If you require this facility, please speak to a member of staff before boarding.

14:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 16:16

Facilities on the 14:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 16:16.
Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9. First class reduced.

Further Info:

Minus coach M.

14:30 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 17:39

Facilities on the 14:30 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 17:39.
Disabled toilet facilities are reduced.

Further Info:

No disabled toilet is available in Standard Class. If you require this facility, please speak to a member of staff before boarding.

14:30 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 18:49

14:30 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 18:49 has been delayed at Edinburgh and is now 35 minutes late.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.
If your journey has been delayed, you may be entitled to some compensation. Please check www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/customer-service/delay-repay/ for more information.
Follow us on Twitter at @Virgin_TrainsEC for the latest Travel updates.

Further Info:

As your journey has been disrupted, you may be entitled to some compensation, please check https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/customer-service/delay-repay/ for more information

15:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 17:16

Facilities on the 15:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 17:16.
Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.

Further Info:

This service is minus Coach C today, due to this coach requiring maintenance.

15:30 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 19:55

Facilities on the 15:30 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 19:55.
Disabled toilet facilities are reduced.

Further Info:

No disabled toilet is available in First Class. If you require this facility, please speak to a member of staff before boarding.

15:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 18:01

Facilities on the 15:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 18:01.
There are no reservations on this service throughout.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

16:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 18:31

Facilities on the 16:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 18:31.
Disabled toilet facilities are reduced.

Further Info:

No disabled toilet is available in Standard Class. If you require this facility, please speak to a member of staff before boarding.

16:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 19:01

Facilities on the 16:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 19:01.
Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9. First class reduced.

Further Info:

Minus coach M.

Catering updates

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

Timetable Changes (1)

Buses replace late night / early morning services between Doncaster and York on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place overnight from Wednesday evening until Friday morning between Doncaster and York, closing all lines.

As a result, the 23:00 London Kings Cross to York service will terminate at Doncaster. A replacement bus will run between Doncaster and York.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

All Other Rail Networks

Travel Disruptions (10)

No trains between Lowestoft and Norwich until approximately 18:00

A fault with the swing bridge over the river at Somerleyton means that trains are currently unable to run between Lowestoft and Norwich. A normal service is expected to resume by 18:00.

Alternative travel advice:
Two buses have been resourced and will be in operation from 16.15 calling at Lowestoft, Oulton Broad North and Norwich. Owing to station access, intermediate stations will be served by taxis.

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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

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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No trains between Newbury and Bedwyn expected until approximately 16:30

A road vehicle has struck a bridge at Hungerford and this has resulted in all lines being closed between Newbury and Bedwyn, until a bridge examiner can complete an assessment of the damage and declare it safe for trains to travel across.

Trains are currently expected to be delayed by up to 45 minutes, cancelled or revised as a result.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 16:30.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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 service between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple until Friday 29 June

A speed restriction has been imposed over defective track between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple. As a result, a reduced service will operate between these stations. Trains which are able to run may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Due to the nature of the work required to fix the defective track, the speed restriction is expected to be removed on Friday 29 June.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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 service between Heathrow Airport Terminals 2, 3 and 4 until the end of the day

More TfL Rail trains than usual are needing repairs at the same time. This has resulted in the Heathrow inter-terminal service, which usually runs between Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Airport Terminal 4, not being able to do so. We anticipate disruption will continue until the end of the day.

Please note: TfL Rail services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 (via Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 & 3) are still running normally.

Alternative travel advice:
If you require a free train transfer ticket you can either speak to a member of staff or use the free train transfer ticket machine located at Level 0 arrivals.

You can use your Oyster or Contactless payment cards on the London Underground Piccadilly line to travel between the terminals for free. However, it may be quicker to wait for the next TfL Rail service.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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 to affect Northern services Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 June

The RMT trade union is currently in dispute with Northern over proposed changes to the role of the conductor. As a result of this, industrial action will be taken Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 June. 

On Thursday, the majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm as Northern focus on running as many trains as they can to get you into work and home again.

On Saturday, most trains will run between 7am and 7pm, though on a handful of routes, services will begin to wind down earlier. 

Additional information:
On days where there is strike action, all running trains and any replacement buses are expected to be busy, especially in the morning and evening peak period. Please allow extra time to travel.

More information, including FAQs and background information on the strike is available on the Northern website.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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.

Amended Thameslink and Great Northern service

Trains on the Thameslink and Great Northern network continue to be subject to alteration or cancellation as the new timetable is implemented.

Customer Advice:
Check before you travel on Great Northern and Thameslink as short notice alterations are expected.

Travelling on Mondays to Fridays:
It is expected that the online journey planners will be updated by 20:00 on the Sunday of each week to show the short term amended timetable operating on the following Monday to Friday services. Services shown are expected to run, but there may be some additional alterations,so please check your journey as close to your time of departure as possible.

On some routes where there are extended gaps between trains, Thameslink and Great Northern will be supplementing the train service with additional buses.

It is vital that you recheck your train as close to the time of your journey as possible using journey planner or live departures.

Travelling on Saturdays and Sundays:
Revised timetables showing the services Thameslink and Great Northern intend to run are available here; however, these timetables do not include any alterations due to Network Rail improvement work. A list of planned engineering work is shown here. It is expected that journey planners will be updated by 20:00 the day before travel, but there may be other on-the-day alterations. It is therefore vital that you recheck your train as close to the time of your journey using journey planner or live departures.

What are my travel alternatives?
You may use your tickets on the following services:

  • Mutual ticket acceptance is in place between Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern
  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • London Buses via any reasonable route
  • London Overground via any reasonable route
  • London Tramlink between East Croydon and Wimbledon
  • Docklands Light Railway via any reasonable route
  • South Western Railway between London and Wimbledon
  • Southeastern on all reasonable routes. This includes the High Speed between Rainham and Gravesend ONLY, however if you are travelling from Higham or Strood you may use High Speed services into and out of London.
  • Greater Anglia between Ely / Cambridge and London Liverpool Street
  • CrossCountry via any reasonable route
  • East Midlands Trains between London St Pancras International and Bedford, Ely and Peterborough
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Peterborough and London
  • Metro Buses between Horsham, Gatwick and Redhill
  • Uno Buses on reasonable routes between St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City (routes 601, 602, 653)
  • Arriva Shires Routes 321, 100, 101, 300 and 301 between Luton / St Albans and Watford / Stevenage
  • Arriva Greenline Route 724 between Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and St Albans / Watford. You may also use these buses on route 757 between Luton and London
  • Metroline Bus Route 84 between Potters Bar and St Albans


 

As the High Speed does not call at Higham, a regular bus replacement service will run between Gravesend, Higham and Strood.

Additionally, standby buses will be based at key locations on the Thameslink and Great Northern parts of the network to provide extra security against any unexpected cancellations that leave gaps in the train service.

Valid Thameslink Only, Southern Only and Not Gatwick Express routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable them to complete their journey.

Additional Information
For more information on the recovery plan to improve the long term reliability of the new timetable please visit railplan2020.com

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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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SUSPENDED: Industrial action to affect South Western Railway from Thursday 21 until Saturday 23 June

The industrial action expected to take place from Thursday 21 until the end of service on Saturday 23 June has been suspended.

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

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Disruption between Glasgow Queen Street and Maryhill until Sunday 8 July

Urgent repairs to the track between Glasgow Queen Street and Maryhill are causing disruption to journeys between these stations. Due to the nature of repairs required, we anticipate disruption will continue until Sunday 8 July.

Trains which run between Glasgow Queen Street (high level station) and Anniesland will run between Ashfield and Anniesland only.

Trains which run from Fort William, Oban and Mallaig will be diverted in to Glasgow Queen Street via an alternative route, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes. Please note, trains from Glasgow Queen Street to these West Highland stations are not affected.

Alternative travel advice:
Customers can travel via Glasgow Queen Street low level station to and from Anniesland, as these services are not affected.

Buses will be provided between Glasgow Queen Street and Ashfield / Anniesland.

Additional information:
A track defect has been identified by engineers on a junction to the north of Glasgow Queen Street which means trains cannot cross over onto the Anniesland branch line. The unique design of the affected junction means that a new piece of track will have to be custom designed, built and installed to fix the fault.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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

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.

Amended Northern timetable until the end of July

From Monday 4 June, 6% of daily train services, that's 165 out of the normal 2,800 daily services, will be temporarily removed, until the end of July.

This interim timetable will enable Northern to start to stabilise service levels over the next few weeks and, importantly, start to reduce the number of last-minute train cancellations.

In the short-term fewer trains will be running, but still more than before the May timetable change. A full timetable is expected to be restored by the end of July.

Alternative travel advice:
It has been arranged for Northern tickets to be accepted by other train companies until 29 July 2018. This means if your Northern train is delayed or cancelled, you can use your ticket to travel on the below train companies' services:

  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Merseyrail
  • TransPennine Express
  • Virgin Trains
  • Virgin Trains East Coast

What areas are affected?
On a number of routes affected there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

Lakes Line (affected only until Monday 2 July)
For a period of four weeks, there will be no service on the Lakes Line between Windermere and Preston, Lancaster and Oxenholme Lake District. Instead, a replacement bus service will operate to keep people who live, work and visit the Lake District on the move. This includes express coaches in operation for commuters, stopping services for tourists and special buses for school children - ensuring you have been able to continue to travel along the Lakes Line and enjoy all the Lake District has to offer.

Blackpool
In and around Blackpool there will be a reduced service between Blackpool South and Preston and also between Preston and Colne and a small number of off-peak services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport will be removed. Other services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly will start / terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.

Lancashire
There will be reductions between Ormskirk and Preston and a small number between Blackburn and Southport via Manchester Victoria, whilst many services on the Lancaster to Morecambe line will be removed.

Manchester
A reduced service will operate on the Kirkby to Manchester Victoria line via Wigan, and between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Liverpool City Region
Additionally, there is a closure of Liverpool Lime Street for two months whilst significant work takes place on re-signalling and remodelling of the infrastructure. More details can be found here.

On a number of these routes there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

Additional Information
More information is available on Northern's website.

A joint statement about the disruption from Network Rail, GTR and Northern can be found here.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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

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.

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

Impact to travel on Great Northern, Thameslink and Northern services due to changes to timetables. Please check before you travel today.

What is happening?

The new train timetable introduced on 20 May was designed to accommodate extra services and faster trains. Due to the large number of changes required and the late running of some engineering improvements this process has taken longer than anticipated. This meant that train companies had much less time to prepare for the new timetable meaning specialist training required could not be completed in time for drivers to learn all the new routes, or operate different trains for operators to address all the logistical challenges.

Although majority of the services are running as planned, there has been disruption in some areas.

As a result, further changes to timetabled services have been made on Great Northern, Thameslink and most of Northern with immediate effect.

What we are doing

Great Northern, Thameslink, Northern and Network Rail are working hard to get back on track as quickly as possible.

Northern has put into place an interim timetable to stabilise services with the full timetable expected to be in place by end of July.

Great Northern and Thameslink are working to introduce changes that will progressively deliver improvement. In the meantime, some trains will be removed from their timetable so there are fewer unplanned cancellations, allowing passengers to arrange their journeys with greater confidence.

What we would advise

Check before you travel:

Please check our Journey Planner before you travel to help plan your journey.

If you have a ticket to travel on Northern, Thameslink, or Great Northern train services and are unable to complete your journey due to delays or cancellations on the recent published timetable changes, valid tickets are being accepted by other train companies on reasonable alternative routes at no extra cost until 29 July (tickets will not be accepted on SE High Speed due to capacity constraints). Just present your ticket to a member of staff on the day. Click here to view the alternative options available to you.

To find out more details about disruptions and alternative routes available, please check our National Service Indicator by selecting the appropriate Train Operating Company for updates on how their services are running.

For updates on the affected Train Operating Companies, please click below:

 

More information from Network Rail, Great Northern, Thameslink, and Northern can be found here.

Check if you can claim compensation:

Customers affected are encouraged to apply for Delay Repay compensation. Find out more information here.

 

No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (20)

Buses replace trains each night from 21:30 between Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place between Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway, closing the line.

From approximately 21:30 until the end of service each night, buses will replace trains between Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended late night Southeastern services from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place in the Blackheath area, closing all lines.

As a result the following services will be amended:

Tuesday and Wednesday:

The 00:46 London Cannon Street to Dartford service will be diverted to run via Sidcup, additionally calling at Hither Green. Customers for stations on the Blackheath line should change at Lewisham for replacement buses which will run from Lewisham to Dartford, calling at all booked stations. 

The 01:02 London Cannon Street to Dartford service will not run. An additional service will run from London Cannon Street to Dartford at 01:02, calling at London Bridge, Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green.

A replacement bus will run from London Bridge to Dartford, calling at Lewisham, Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green.

Thursday and Friday:

The 00:42 London Charing Cross to Dartford service will be diverted via Sidcup. Customers for stations on the Blackheath line should change at Lewisham for replacement buses which will run from Lewisham to Dartford, calling at all booked stations. 

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.

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended weekend service between Ipswich and Felixstowe until Autumn 2019

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

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

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

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

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

Amended 22:01 Nottingham to Leicester from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place in the Loughborough area, closing all lines.

The 22:01 Nottingham to Leicester service will not call at Barrow-Upon-Soar, Sileby and Syston. A rail replacement bus will operate between Loughborough and Leicester calling at Barrow-Upon-Soar, Sileby and Syston.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Modernisation of Liverpool Lime Street closing the station from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 29 July

Trains will not run to or from the main Liverpool Lime Street station from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 29 July as further upgrade work is completed as part of Liverpool Lime Street's major transformation.

(Please note the closure only affects the main Liverpool Lime Street station, the low level 'underground' station used by Merseyrail services only will remain open. Also. some Northern trains are running to / from Liverpool Lime street until Sunday 13 July.)

East Midlands Trains - Trains between Norwich / Nottingham and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Customers should use Merseyrail services between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street Low Level.

London Northwestern Railway - Trains between Birmingham New Street / Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Customers should use Merseyrail services between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Central.

Merseyrail - Liverpool Lime Street Low Level station will remain open and Merseyrail services will continue to run as normal. Please expect these services to be extremely busy.

Northern - Services that run between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Hunts Cross only. Replacement buses will run between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

Services between Blackpool North / Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will start from / terminate at Huyton. Replacement buses will run between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street. 

From Monday 11 June until Sunday 13 July between 06:00 and 20:00. A limited train service will operate between Wigan North Western / Blackpool North / Preston / Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street.

TransPennine Express - No trains will run between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Customers should use alternative Train Operators road / rail services between Manchester stations and Liverpool Lime Street. Some early morning / late night TransPennine Express services will be amended or cancelled.

Virgin Trains - Services between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, and some services will call additionally at Crewe. Customers should use Merseyrail for onward travel to / from Liverpool City Centre.

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, replacement coaches will run at the beginning and end of each day where Merseyrail connections are not available.

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Check before you travel:

Until Sunday 29 July, you can plan your journey with East Midlands Trains and London Northwestern Railway using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

From Saturday 14 July, these changes are not currently shown for Northern and Virgin Trains in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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

Bicycles:

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

Amended late night / early morning East Midlands Trains services from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place between  Bedford and Wellingborough, between Wellingborough and Kettering and between Kettering and Leicester.

Tuesday - Friday

The 04:45 Leicester to London St Pancras International will depart Leicester earlier than usual at 04:13, regaining regular schedule on arrival in Kettering.

Monday - Thursday

The 21:29 Nottingham to London St Pancras International is retimed after departing Market Harborough, running later for the rest of its journey to London.

The 21:30 and 21:50 London St Pancras International to Derby services, the 22:00 London St Pancras International to Nottingham and the 22:20 London St Pancras to Sheffield services are all retimed after departing Wellingborough, running later than usual for the rest of their journeys

The 00:15 London St Pancras International to Leicester are diverted after departing Wellingborough, missing out the call at Market Harborough and terminating in Leicester later than usual. A replacement bus service will be provided, connecting out of the trains at Kettering and travelling to Market Harborough and Leicester.

Monday - Friday

The 23:15 London St Pancras International to Derby is diverted after departing Kettering, missing out the call at Market Harborough, before regaining usual route from Leicester onwards and running later all remaining stations through to Derby. Rail replacement buses will be provided, connecting out of the train at Kettering and travelling to Market Harborough and a bus provided from Market Harborough to Leicester to connect into the train.

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.

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

 

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

EVERY WEEKEND buses replace Northern trains between Manchester and Preston / Wigan Wallgate via Salford Crescent until Sunday 1 July

Engineering work is taking place in the Salford Crescent area as part of the Great North Rail Project, closing all lines every weekend until Sunday 1 July 2018. Please note that this includes bank holidays (Monday 7 and Monday 28 May).

Engineering work has been cancelled for the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, trains on this date will run on normal timetables. You can check your journey for these dates via the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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

Buses will run between:

  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate via Bolton / Atherton
  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton
Network Rail are currently working to finalise full details at which time amended timetables will be made available. We are very sorry for the short notice changes to timetables on these routes.
 
Check before you travel:
 

Trains up to and including 15 June are now correct in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner i.e. where buses are showing on the routes between Manchester and Wigan Wallgate (via Salford Crescent and Atherton) and Manchester and Preston (via Salford Crescent and Bolton). Where trains are still showing on these routes at weekends, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

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

Buses replace trains between Grays and Pitsea each night from 22:40 from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place between Grays and Pitsea each evening from 22:40.

From 22:40, buses will replace trains between Grays and Pitsea. 

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended overnight services to / from London Blackfriars from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place overnight between London Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle, closing lines nightly from Monday evening to Friday morning.

Monday to Thursday:

The 23:22 Sevenoaks to London Blackfriars service will be diverted after Denmark Hill, and will not call at Elephant and Castle or London Blackfriars. This service will terminate at London Victoria.

Tuesday to Friday:

The 04:56 London Blackfriars to Orpington service will start from London Victoria at 04:54, and will not call at Elephant and Castle.

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 / early morning services between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt via Seven Sisters from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt from 23:15 until 05:00, closing all lines.

Tuesday - Thursday night

Trains which normally operate via Tottenham Hale on the Lea Valley line will instead be diverted via Seven Sisters. Stations between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale will not be served. Customers are to walk between the two lines as stations are in walking distance. 

Wednesday - Friday morning

The 04:40 London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport will call at Seven Sisters instead of Tottenham Hale. 

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace trains each evening between Shrewsbury and Chester from Monday 18 June and Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place between Shrewsbury and Chester each evening after 22:00 from Monday evening until Friday morning, closing all lines.

The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly will start from Chester. A replacement bus service will run between Shrewsbury and Manchester Piccadilly, departing Shrewsbury at 22:30.

The 22:28 Chester to Wolverhampton service will start from Shrewsbury. A replacement bus will run between Chester and Wolverhampton, and will not connect with this train.

The 22:37 Shrewsbury to Chester service will not run. A replacement bus will operate between these stations.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace trains between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:45 each night from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place each night between Hackney Downs and Chingford, closing all lines.

The last trains to run each night will be:

22:33 London Liverpool Street to Chingford

22:40 Chingford to London Liverpool Street

After the last trains have run, buses will replace trains between Hackney Downs and Chingford.

Ticket acceptance:

Valid tickets can be used on London Underground services on any reasonable route between London Liverpool Street, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale and Walthamstow Central.

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.

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended service between Bristol Temple Meads / Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place between Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction, closing some lines.

CrossCountry

The following trains will be affected from Monday until Friday:

  • The 05:20 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central service will not run. Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Newport for these services.
  • The 07:00 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly will be diverted to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Bristol Temple Meads.
  • 17:05 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central will be diverted to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Bristol Temple Meads.

Great Western Railway

All trains to and from Cardiff Central will be subject to alteration. Some services will be part replaced by road transport. 

Customers travelling between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway should travel via Bristol Temple Meads and connecting trains except during the evening peak from London Paddington and during the morning peak from Bristol Parkway when through services will be available

London Paddington - South Wales services:

Most trains between London Paddington and South Wales will operate to an hourly timetable.

Some trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted via an alternative route and not call at Bristol Parkway. Passengers for Bristol Parkway should travel on trains which are not diverted and call at the station.

Road transport is operating between Bristol Parkway and Newport, connecting with the diverted trains.

Cardiff Central - Bristol Temple Meads / Weston-super-Mare / Taunton / Portsmouth Harbour

Most trains between Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads / Portsmouth Harbour  / Taunton will start terminate at Bristol Parkway and not run to / from Cardiff Central. 

Trains between Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare will start / terminate at Filton Abbey Wood and not run to and from Bristol Parkway.

Road transport will operate between:

  • Bristol Parkway and Newport
  • Severn Tunnel Junction - Patchway - Filton Abbey Wood

Check before you travel:

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

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

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

Bicycles:

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

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

Buses replace trains between Cardiff Central and Penarth / Barry Island each night from Monday 18 until Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Cardiff Central and Penarth / Barry from Monday evening until Friday morning, closing all lines.

The 21:54 Aberdare to Penarth will terminate at Cardiff Central. A replacement bus will run between Cardiff Central and Penarth.

The 22:55 Bridgend to Cardiff Central service will be diverted via Pontyclun. A replacement bus will run between Bridgend and Cardiff Central via Barry.

The 23:14 Radyr to Barry Island service will terminate at Cardiff Central. A replacement bus will run between Cardiff Central and Barry Island.

The 23:26 Penarth to Cardiff Central will not run, and will be replaced by a bus throughout.

The 05:16 Barry Island to Caerphilly will start from Cardiff Central. A replacement bus will depart Barry Island at 05:00 for Cardiff Central.

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.

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended evening / morning Northern services between Monday 18 and Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place at various points in the North West of England on the Northern network, closing some lines.

Monday to Thursday:

The 22:25 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will start from Manchester Piccadilly.

The 22:29 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service will start from Liverpool South Parkway.

The 22:30 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service will not run.

The 22:44 Preston to Colne service will terminate at Rose Grove. A bus will operate forward to Colne.

The 23:13Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

Tuesday to Friday

The 00:05 Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly will not run.

The 00:44 Crewe to Manchester Airport will not call at Manchester Airport. A bus will be provided from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Manchester Airport.

The 03:46 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

The 03:46 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport will not run.

The 04:34 Manchester Airport to Preston service will start from Manchester Piccadilly.

The 05:36 Manchester Airport to Buckshaw Parkway will start from Manchester Piccadilly.

Buses will be provided between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended TransPennine Express services from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place at various locations late night / early morning, closing some lines.

Tuesday to Friday 

  • The 05:38 Doncaster to Manchester Airport service will start from Meadowhall. Customers should use the 05:57 East Midlands Trains service between Doncaster and Sheffield.

Monday to Thursday

  • The 19:08 Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.
  • The 20:14 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly with a replacement coach provided forward to Manchester Airport.
  •  The 20:57 Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport services will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly with replacement coaches provided forward to Manchester Airport.
  • The 22:00 Newcastle to Manchester Airport and 20:57 Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport services will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly with replacement coaches provided forward to Manchester Airport.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

  • The 22:13 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly with a replacement coach provided forward to Manchester Airport.

 

Tuesday to Friday

  • The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will start from Manchester Piccadilly. A replacement coach will run from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly departing at 0018 to connect with this train.
  • The 01:38 York to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly with a replacement coach (dep 03:53) provided forward to Manchester Airport.
  • The 03:50 York to Manchester Airport will be retimed to depart Leeds later than normal at 04:29.
  • The 04:22 & 05:03 Manchester Airport to Newcastle services will start from Manchester Piccadilly.
    Replacement coaches will run from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly to connect with these trains.

    Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended late night service between Reading and Gatwick Airport from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place between Reading and Gatwick Airport, closing some lines.

The 22:36 Reading to Gatwick Airport will terminate at Guildford. Rail replacement buses will operate from Guildford to Redhill. You may use alternative trains from Redhill to Gatwick Airport.

The 23:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport will terminate at Guildford. Rail replacement buses will operate from Guildford to Dorking Deepdene, Reigate and setting down only at Redhill and Gatwick Airport.

The 23:18 Gatwick Airport to Reading will terminate at Redhill. Rail replacement buses will operate from Redhill to Guildford, calling at Reigate and Dorking Deepdene. You may use onward rail connections from Guildford to Reading. 

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace overnight trains between Redhill and Horley from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June

Engineering work is taking place between Gatwick Airport and Redhill overnight from 21:30 on Monday until 05:30 on Friday, closing some lines.

Southern:

Services between East Croydon and Gatwick Airport will be diverted, and will take slightly longer than usual.

Thameslink:

Services will take longer than usual between East Croydon and Three Bridges / Haywards Heath.  No trains will call at Earlswood or Salfords. Replacement buses will run between Redhill and Horley, calling at Earlswood and Salfords.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace late night trains between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill, closing all lines.

The 21:48 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill will terminate at Oxford. Rail replacement buses will operate from Oxford to Worcester Shrub Hill.

The 21:51 Hereford to London Paddington will terminate at Worcester Shrub Hill. A direct bus will operate from Worcester Shrub Hill to Oxford, which will connect with a train at Oxford to London Paddington. There will also be a bus calling at all stations between Worcester Shrub Hill and Oxford. There will be no onward rail connections from Oxford with this bus.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 June

Engineering work is taking place near Wolverhampton, closing some lines.

The 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will be diverted via an alternative route (via Ashton and Bescot). Trains will arrive slightly later than normal at Wolverhampton.

Check before you travel:

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

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

No planned engineering works found.

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