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Updates for 12 February 2016

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10:00 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 14:42

This train has been delayed from Edinburgh and is now 90 minutes late.
This train will call additionally at Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
This is due to a person being hit by a train earlier.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today. .

13:30 London Kings Cross to Newcastle due 16:42

This train will be cancelled.
This is due to a person being hit by a train.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today. .

Further Info:

Customers travelling from London Kings Cross travelling to York, Darlington and Newcastle are advised to travel on the 1400 Virgin Trains departure for Aberdeen. Customers travelling from London Kings Cross travelling to Peterborough and Newark North Gate are advised to travel on the 1408 Virgin Trains service for York. Customers travelling from Peterborough are advised to travel on the 1451 Virgin Trains service for Leeds changing at Doncaster for services to York and Newcastle. Customers travelling from York travelling to Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh are advised to travel on the 1555 Virgin Trains departure for Edinburgh

07:52 Aberdeen to London Kings Cross due 14:51

This train has been delayed between Edinburgh and Newcastle and is now 73 minutes late.
This is due to a person being hit by a train earlier.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today. .

15:00 London Kings Cross to Stirling due 20:16

This train will be starting late from London Kings Cross and is expected to be 15 minutes late.
This train will run in reverse formation between London Kings Cross and Newcastle.
This is due to a person being hit by a train earlier.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today. .

14:00 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen due 21:13

Service full and standing from London Kings Cross.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

15:35 London Kings Cross to Leeds due 17:49

This train will be starting late from London Kings Cross and is expected to be 15 minutes late.
This is due to a person being hit by a train earlier.
Additional Information:
We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you today. .

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Timetable Changes

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Travel Disruptions (8)

Delays between Swanley and Faversham expected until 17:00

Following poor rail conditions this morning between Sole Street and Faversham, journeys between Swanley and Faversham may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 17:00.

Passengers may use Southeastern High Speed services.

Alternative travel options

Passengers may use London Underground on any reasonable route and Arriva Fasttrack buses between Ebbsfleet and Gravesend.

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Delays between Ashford International and Maidstone East expected until 16:30

Following poor rail conditions this morning, journeys between Ashford International and Maidstone East may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 16:30.

Passengers may use Southeastern High Speed services.

Alternative travel options

Passengers may use London Underground on any reasonable route.

Arriva Fasttrack buses are accepting passengers with the valid railway ticket between Ebbsfleet - Gravesend.

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Delays between Basingstoke and Southampton Central until approximately 17:00

An electricity supply problem between Eastleigh and Southampton Central is causing delays of up to 10 minutes to trains between Basingstoke and Southampton Central. Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 17:00.

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Disruption through Stafford expected until 17:30

A signalling problem at Stafford is causing disruption to journeys through the station. This is expected to continue until 17:30.

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Buses replace trains between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog until Monday 29 February

In December 2015, flooding caused severe damage to the Conwy Valley railway line. This means that trains are currently unable to run between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Buses are replacing trains between these stations, extending journey times by up to 20 minutes.

Network Rail staff are in the process of repairing the damage and aim to reopen the line by the end of February.

A timetable of the replacement bus plan is available here.

You can follow this incident using the hashtag #ConwyValley

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To check your journey up to and including Friday 19 February, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Disruption between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh expected until at least early March

Trains are currently unable to run on the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh. This is because urgent repairs are required to a river bridge at Lamington which is located between Lockerbie and Motherwell. The line is to remain closed throughout February while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank. At this stage it is anticipated the first trains will cross the viaduct in the first week of March.

Disruption is therefore expected to continue until at least early March. You can read Network Rail's press release here.

The following service changes can be expected:

First TransPennine Express

Services between Manchester / Preston and Edinburgh will terminate / start at Lockerbie. Buses will run between Lockerbie and Edinburgh.

Services between Manchester / Preston and Glasgow Central will terminate / start at Carlisle. Buses will run between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow Central via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

Buses are running between Carlisle and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh, for passengers who wish to travel to and from Lockerbie and Motherwell. The buses will connect to trains at Carlisle for passengers travelling to Penrith, Oxenholme Lake District and Lancaster.

Caledonian Sleeper

Lowlander services (Edinburgh Waverley / Glasgow Central - London Euston) will run between Glasgow Central and London Euston only, not calling at Edinburgh, Motherwell or Carstairs. Passengers may use ScotRail services between Edinburgh / Motherwell / Carstairs and Glasgow to connect with the train at Glasgow Central. Trains will be diverted via Dumfries, extending journey times by up to 120 minutes.

Highlander services (Inverness / Aberdeen / Fort William - London Euston) will be diverted to run to  / from London Kings Cross via the East Coast Main Line, not calling at Preston or Crewe. Passengers travelling between Inverness, Aberdeen or Fort William and Preston or Crewe may use ScotRail services between Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William and Glasgow Central to connect with Lowlander services.

Alternative travel options

First TransPennine Express passengers who can defer their travel are recommended to do so and a full refund will be available from the point of purchase.

Passengers with Off-Peak and Anytime tickets are able to travel via York and travel on the East Coast using CrossCountry or Virgin Trains East Coast services.

Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area, but must be used on First TransPennine Express services only and will not be accepted via the East Coast.

Virgin Trains passengers with Off-Peak and Anytime tickets between London Euston and Edinburgh only may use Virgin Trains East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh.

Passengers may also use ScotRail services between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh / Carlisle.

Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area. Virgin Trains are advising passengers to travel as close as possible to their booked services. London Underground services are conveying passengers between London Euston and London Kings Cross.

Passengers who can put off their travel are recommended to do so and a full refund will be available from the point of purchase.

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To check your journey up to and including Friday 26 February, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Buses replace trains between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central until further notice

On Christmas Eve 2015, strong winds and high tides caused damage to the sea wall and track between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central. Major work will need to be carried out to repair 250 metres of track and rebuild the sea wall before the line can reopen.

Network Rail are working on a solution that will not only allow the railway to be reopened, but also to act as a sea defence for many years to come. Such a complicated design takes time to achieve and Network Rail are working as quickly as possible to provide an indication as to how long the work will take.

In the meantime more than 19,000 tonnes of rock is being placed on the beach to protect the railway from further damage.

Until the line re-opens, the following arrangements will be in place:

Buses are replacing trains between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central, also calling at Folkestone West.

Southeastern advise that unless you are of reduced mobility or are travelling with heavy luggage, you should change at Folkestone West for the bus service. At Folkestone West, buses will arrive / depart from the London bound side of the station (Platform 1). If you are of reduced mobility or are travelling with luggage etc., Southeastern strongly recommend that you change at Folkestone Central to avoid the need to use the subway or stairs at Folkestone West.

High Speed trains will run on the following routes:

  • Between London St Pancras International and Folkestone Central
  • Between London St Pancras International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West
  • Between London St Pancras International and Margate / Ramsgate via Faversham

 

There will be no High Speed services to or from Sandwich, Deal, Walmer or Martin Mill. Instead, a train service will run between Dover and Ramsgate, with connections available to the High Speed network at Ramsgate.

During weekday morning and evening peak periods, express buses will run between Sandwich, Deal, Walmer and Folkestone West to provide connections into High Speed services. Please note that these buses will NOT stop at Folkestone Central. If you are of limited mobility and wish to travel on these bus services, please contact the Southeastern Assisted Travel Service on 0345 322 7021 so alternative arrangements can be made for you.

If you are intending to travel between Dover and London, you may also use trains to and from London Victoria via Canterbury East as an alternative route to avoid the need for a bus journey. Travelling via this route will, in most cases, take longer than travelling via the bus service to Folkestone. Should you decide to use this route, you'll be able to use your ticket on the London Underground between London Victoria and London St Pancras International at no extra charge to complete your journey.

Whilst the line is closed, parking is available at Folkestone West free of charge. Please note that on Mondays to Fridays the car park can reach capacity by approximately 08:00.

Southeastern's travel advice for stations in the affected area is available here.

You can read Network Rail's press release here and there are photos of the damage here.

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To check your journey up to and including Sunday 14 February, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

Disruption between Carlisle and Leeds expected until at least the end of February

Recent poor weather conditions have caused a landslip near Appleby. Work is ongoing to stabilise the landslip and repair damage to the track.

The line between Carlisle and Appleby is currently closed in both directions while work is taking place. Services will start / terminate at Appleby.

Some buses are also running between Carlisle and Appleby, extending journey times by up to 60 minutes.

A full service is not expected to resume until at least the end of February.

You can follow this incident using the hashtags #Appleby / #EdenBrows

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No travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (9)

Amended Great Northern services from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the Great Northern network, with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

22:29 Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross will not call at stations between Stevenage and Finsbury Park. A bus will run between between Stevenage and London Kings Cross, calling at all stations via Welwyn North.

23:33 Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City will be replaced by a bus between Alexandra Palace and Welwyn Garden City.

Tuesday to Friday

00:05 London Kings Cross to Cambridge will depart 15 minutes later from Stevenage.

00:35 London Kings Cross to Peterborough will call additionally at Alexandra Palace.

00:35 and 01:35 London Kings Cross to Peterborough services will run non-stop between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage. Buses will run between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Welwyn North.

04:10 Peterborough to London Kings Cross will run non-stop between Stevenage and Alexandra Palace. A bus will run between Stevenage and Alexandra Palace.

00:03 Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City will be replaced by a bus between Alexandra Palace and Welwyn Garden City.

00:18 Moorgate to Letchworth Garden City will depart later at 00:34.

04:10 Welwyn Garden City to London Kings Cross will be replaced by a bus between Welwyn Garden City and Alexandra Palace.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place across the Great Western Railway network with the following trains amended:

Monday

00:35 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington is replaced by a bus between Didcot Parkway and Reading.

Monday to Wednesday

23:27 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads will depart from Bristol Patchway later at 00:21.

Monday to Thursday

From 22:00, trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Exeter St Davids / Penzance will be diverted between Reading and Bath Spa, not calling at Didcot Parkway, Swindon and Chippenham.

From 22:00, trains between London Paddington and South Wales / Bristol Parkway will be diverted between Reading and Newport, not calling at Didcot Parkway and Swindon.

From 22:00, buses will run between Reading and Swindon / Chippenham for passengers travelling to the missed stations.

From 22:00, between London Paddington and Oxford / Reading are unable to call at Taplow and Burnham. Buses will run between Slough and Taplow.

Tuesday to Friday

00:18 Henley-on-Thames to Reading will terminate at Twyford.

03:38 (bus) Oxford to Didcot Parkway will not run.

04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington will start from Oxford at 04:00.

Thursday

23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central will be diverted and arrive later in to Cardiff Central at 02:38.

Friday

22:27 and 23:33 London Paddington to Oxford and 23:45 Banbury to London Paddington will be unable to call at Pangbourne. A bus will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Planning your Journey

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

No trains from Roydon towards London Liverpool Street or Stratford from Saturday 2 January to Sunday 28 February

Platform improvement work is taking place at Roydon station and as a result of this trains travelling towards London Liverpool Street or Stratford will not call at Roydon.

Passengers are advised to use Harlow Town or Broxbourne stations.

Roydon season car park ticket holders may use Harlow Town car park.

Journey Planning

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

Amended Virgin Trains services from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will terminate at Birmingham New Street.

Tuesday to Friday

05:00 Wolverhampton to London Euston will start from Birmingham New Street.

Planning your Journey

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

Amended 21:15 London Euston to Fort William Caledonian Sleeper on Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place between Crianlarich and Fort William with all lines closed:

21:15 London Euston to Fort William will be diverted to terminate at Oban with additional calls to set down at Tyndrum Lower and Taynuilt. Passengers for Fort William, Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Tulloch change at Taynuilt for alternative transport. No replacement transport will be provided for Bridge of Orchy, Rannoch or Corrour.

Planning your Journey 

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

Amended Southern services to and from Uckfield until the end of July

As part of the Network Rail investment programme improvement works are taking place in the Uckfield area until the end of July 2016. This means that Southern will run buses in place of trains on the route to and from Uckfield connecting with trains as detailed below:

Friday 29 January from 22:00 to Friday 5 February, buses will run between Oxted and Uckfield.

Sunday 21 February, Saturday 19 March, Sunday 20 March, Saturday 16 April buses will run between Oxted and Uckfield.

Saturday 6 February, Monday 8 to Friday 12 February, buses will run between Crowborough and Uckfield.

Friday 12 February from 22:00 & all day Saturday 13 February buses will run between Crowborough and Uckfield.

Sunday 14 to Friday 19 February, between 09:20 and 22:00 buses will run between Crowborough and Uckfield.

Saturday 20 February, Saturday 27 February, Sunday 28 February, buses will run between Crowborough and Uckfield.

Monday 29 February to Friday 4 March, Monday 7 to Friday 11 March, Monday 14 to Friday 18 March, Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April, Monday 11 to Friday 15 April, between 09:20 and 16:40 buses will run between Oxted and Uckfield.

Sunday 17 April buses will run between Ashurst and Uckfield.

Ticket Acceptance

Until 19 February, valid rail tickets to or from Uckfield or Buxted may be used, within the time restrictions for that ticket, on the following services:

On Southern/Thameslink services to and from Haywards Heath, Polegate, Lewes, East Grinstead.

On Southeastern services to and from Wadhurst, Tunbridge Wells.

Car Park Ticket Acceptance 

Passengers with a valid Southern monthly, quarterly or annual car park season ticket for Buxted car park may use it until 19 February in Haywards Heath, Polegate, Lewes or East Grinstead station car parks. These car park tickets will also be accepted at Crowborough, Eridge, however these station car parks are likely to fill up early in the morning.

For further information on these improvement works please view here

Planning your Journey

These changes for Sunday 21 February and Sunday 17 April are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

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

Amended CrossCountry service from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place on some parts of the CrossCountry network with the following train amended:

23:09 Birmingham New Street to Nottingham will be replaced by a bus between Derby and Nottingham.

Planning your Journey

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

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.

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

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 most weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, 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 Charing Cross / 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 services to and from London Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge until August 2016. As well as the impact to Southeastern and Thameslink services, Southern and South West Trains passengers will not be able to interchange onto Southeastern Charing Cross services at London Bridge.

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:

  • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on Jubilee Line and on bus services (services 381 and RV1)
  • Between London Bridge and Charing cross on Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern Lines and on bus services (services RV1 and 15)
  • Between Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on District/Circle and on bus services (service 15)
  • Between Elephant and Castle and London Bridge on Northern Line and on bus services (service 35, 40, 133 & 343)
  • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge and on bus services (service 17 (Blackfriars North), 381 & RV1 (Blackfriars South)

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

South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at 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

Amended First TransPennine Express services from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February

Engineering work is taking place over some parts of the First TransPennine Express network with the following trains amended:

Monday to Thursday

21:55 Newcastle to Manchester Airport will call additionally at Manchester Victoria extending journey time by 29 minutes.

22:30 York to Manchester Piccadilly is retimed to arrive at Manchester Piccadilly at 00:31.

23:30 Manchester Airport to York will not call at Huddersfield. A bus will run between Huddersfield and Dewsbury to connect with the train.

Tuesday to Friday

01:38 / 02:52 York to Manchester Airport will not call at Huddersfield but will call additionally at Brighouse. A bus will run between Huddersfield and Brighouse to connect with the train.

00:38 Manchester Airport to York is retimed to depart Manchester Airport at 00:54 and run later throughout.

03:25 Sheffield to Manchester Airport is retimed to depart Sheffield at 03:45.

Planning Your Journey

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

No planned engineering works found.

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