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Updates for 26 February 2017

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09:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 14:19

This train has been delayed at Huntingdon and is now 50 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time earlier today.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

10:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 17:31

This train has been delayed from London Kings Cross by 20 minutes, is being further delayed between York and Darlington and is now expected to be 62 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

11:00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 15:18

This train has been delayed from London Kings Cross and is now 24 minutes late.
Disabled toilets are available as normal.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

11:20 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 15:58

This train has been delayed from London Kings Cross and is now 30 minutes late.
Disabled toilets are reduced.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time earlier today.

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.

11:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 16:18

This train has been delayed from London Kings Cross and is now 30 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time earlier today.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

11:47 Aberdeen to London Kings Cross due 19:26

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.

12:00 London Kings Cross to Inverness due 20:08

This train has been delayed from London Kings Cross and is now 10 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time earlier today.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today.

13:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 15:25

This train will now be formed of the usual number of coaches.

13:05 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 15:32

Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.

Further Info:

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

14:03 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 16:25

Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.

Further Info:

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

14:05 Leeds to London Kings Cross due 16:24

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

14:30 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 19:08

Additional Facilities Information:
Reservation changes.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

Further Info:

Reservations for coach K have been placed in coach J

15:00 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh due 19:20

Will be formed of 8 coaches instead of 9.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

Further Info:

This service is minus Coach E today, due to this coach requiring maintenance. Reservations for Coach E (Seat numbers 1-26,38,39,40) will now be found in Coach F. Reservations for Coach E (Seat numbers 27-37) can now be found in Coach G Reservations for Coach E (Seat numbers 38-75) can now be found in coach L

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.

All Other Rail Networks

Travel Disruptions (2)

Buses replace trains between North Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog until Friday 3 March

During Storm Doris last week, a very large tree fell onto the track between North Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog, resulting in significant disturbance to the rock overhang area above the line. This has led to a serious risk of landslip from loosened rock. The line must remain closed in order for Network Rail and contractors to remove loosened rock, soil and nearby trees. We anticipate the line will not reopen until 12:00 on Friday 3 March.

Until the line reopens buses will replace trains between North Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The bus timetable can be viewed here.

The National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner has been updated to show the correct timetable for Monday 27 February only. The journey planner will be updated each night.

Additional Information:

Passengers with essential mobility requirements will be provided with special transport arrangements and should;

  • Contact station staff, if at Llandudno Junction station, prior to train departure for North Llanrwst
  • Contact Customer Relations call centre for travel assistance (Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm) (Sun: 11am-8pm)
  • Contact National Rail Enquiries (Mon-Sun for out-of-hours coverage)

 

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

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.

Disruption to South West Trains services until the end of the day
A shortage of train crew means that some South West Trains services may be cancelled.

This is affecting trains on the following routes:

  • Between London Waterloo and Salisbury / Exeter St Davids.
  • Between Bristol and Salisbury.
  • Between Romsey and Romsey via Eastleigh and Southampton Central.
  • Between Weymouth and Poole.

Customer Advice:

  • A Fast Bus will depart Exeter St Davids at 15:25, calling at Yeovil Junction only.
  • Stopping bus will depart Exeter St Davids at 15:25, calling at all stations to Yeovil Junction.
  • A Fast Bus will depart Exeter St Davids at 16:25, calling at Yeovil Junction only.
  • Stopping bus will depart Exeter St Davids at 16:25, calling at all stations to Axminster.
  • A Fast bus will depart Salisbury at 20:45, calling at Yeovil Junction, Honiton and Exeter St Davids.
  • Stopping bus will depart Salisbury at 20:45, calling at all stations to Exeter St Davids.

Great Western Railway will accept your ticket between Salisbury and Bristol and between Exeter St Davids to London Paddington on the following trains:

14:27 Salisbury to Cardiff Central.
15:11 Cardiff Central to Salisbury.
16:01 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
20:16 Cardiff Central to Salisbury
20:27 Salisbury to Cardiff Central

 

This is expected to continue until the end of service.

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

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.

No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (10)

Amended evening Eurostar services until 21 April

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work on the Eurostar line until the 21 April 2017, closing some lines.

Customer Advice:

Monday to Thursdays:

The 20:01 London St Pancras International to Paris service will leave London St Pancras International at 19:34.

Fridays:

The 20:01 London St Pancras International to Paris will leave London St Pancras International at 19:25.

The 19:34 London St Pancras International to Calais, Lille and Brussels will leave London St Pancras International at 20:04.

Check before you travel:

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

Project Information:

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

Buses replace midweek over night trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton from Monday 13 February to Thursday 23 March

From Monday to Thursday each week until Thursday 23 March, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton closing various lines.

Customer advice

From 20:30 each night,  buses replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.

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 Bidston and Wrexham until 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.

Amended service between Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria all day on Sunday 26 and until 05:00 on Monday 27 February

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Eccles and Manchester Victoria, closing some lines all day on Sunday and until approximately 05:00 on Monday.

Customer Advice:

Trains which usually run between Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle (via Eccles) will not run between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria. Customers should use alternative services between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester (via Warrington Central), which are unaffected by this work.

Overnight trains between Manchester Airport and York / Newcastle are amended to not run between Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. Buses will run between Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria, calling at Manchester Piccadilly.

Check before you travel:

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

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Amended TfL Rail service until late May

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

Customer Advice:

Monday to Friday:

No TfL Rail services will run between Shenfield and Brentwood.

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

A frequent rail replacement road service will operate between Shenfield and Brentwood to help with your journey.

Saturday and Sunday until March 26

Every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday 26 March, no service will operate between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Rail replacement buses travelling from Newbury Park to Shenfield will not call at Chadwell Heath because of road works. Customers will need to change at Romford for a returning bus to Chadwell Heath.

Saturday and Sunday from March 27

No TfL Rail services will run between Shenfield and Brentwood. An amended service may run on other routes.

Replacement buses will operate as follows on weekends:

Service C: Stratford (stop at Stratford City Bus Station) - Forest Gate (stops in Romford Road) - Manor Park (stops in Romford Road) - Ilford - Seven Kings - Goodmayes - Chadwell Heath (stops in Wagney Road) - Romford

Service D: Newbury Park (For London Underground Central line) - Chadwell Heath (stops in Wagney Road) - Romford - Gidea Park - Harold Wood - Brentwood - Shenfield.

Alternative Travel Options:

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:

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

From 22 April, 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.

Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

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

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

Major improvement work between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South every weekend until Sunday 2 April

As part of its investment in the north of England, Network Rail are spending more than £1 billion building a more reliable railway between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South, enabling better,  faster and cleaner journeys on a new fleet of electric trains. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

As a result of this work the line will be closed between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South most weekends until Sunday 2 April inclusive.

Customer Advice

Buses will replace trains between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South except with the following alterations:

On Sunday 26 March, buses will replace trains between Blackburn and Blackpool South

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

Due to engineering taking place at other location during some of the weekends, buses may be extended to run beyond Preston.

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

Project Information

Information regarding this improvement work can be found here with further information from Network Rail.

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

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

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

Customer Advice:

Phase 1

Completed on time.

Phase 2

Until Monday 29th May

Wirral Line trains will run as far as James Street on weekdays. At the weekends, trains will run only as far as Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. However, on bank 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 24 March, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

From 25 March, 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.

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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