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Updates for 18 January 2018

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Timetable Changes (1)

Buses replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen on every Sunday from 7 January until 4 February

Engineering work is taking place between Dundee and Aberdeen, every Sunday until 4 February, closing the line between these stations.

Caledonian Sleeper

The Aberdeen to London Euston 'Highland' Sleeper service will be replaced by an earlier bus between Aberdeen and Dundee.

CrossCountry

Buses will replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen.

ScotRail

Buses will replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen. Each rail service will be replaced by 1 stopping, and 2 express schedule buses.

If you are travelling to and from Broughty Ferry, road transport will run to and from Dundee and Arbroath.

Customers should allow for extra time as journey times will be significantly extended.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Trains will not run between Dundee and Aberdeen. Buses will run between these stations, calling at stations usually served by the train.

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 typing in your station here.

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

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Travel Disruptions (2)

Poor weather may affect your journey on Thursday morning

Very strong winds will affect parts of the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. The Met Office state that there is the potential for gusts of 60-70 mph quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80 mph in places. There is also a warning of more snow and ice for Scotland and northern England.

High winds can cause a number of problems for the railway, in particular obstructions caused by downed trees and other debris blown onto the lines. In exposed coastal areas, where gusts are strongest high waves may also cause damage. As a result, Network Rail may impose speed restrictions, to allow trains to run safely, and this could lead to extended journey times.

Details of any changes that the Train Operating Companies will be making to their services will be published here.

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express:

Winds and gusts of between 50-60 mph have been forecast until early morning across the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express network, with the strongest gusts occurring until 03:00. Until 06:00, all trains running across the Sussex area will be restricted to run at 50 mph. Network Rail will pro-actively be checking for trees that may be affected by this adverse weather, and some early morning trains may be altered or cancelled if any lines are found to be blocked.

South Western Railway:

A 50 mph blanket speed restriction is in place across coastal routes until 05:00. The following routes will be affected and may have extended journey times:

  • Southampton Airport Parkway to Weymouth
  • Petersfield to Portsmouth Harbour
  • Eastleigh to Havant
  • St Denys to Fareham
  • Romsey to Redbridge

 

Arriva Trains Wales:

A speed restriction is in place along the North Wales Coast between Llandudno Junction and Holyhead, and also between Carmarthen and Fishguard Harbour / Milford Haven / Pembroke Dock until 04:00 in the morning.

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

Twitter:
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Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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Disruption to and from London Paddington expected until 06:00 on Thursday

A speed restriction over defective track between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington is causing disruption to trains to and from London Paddington.

The following changes will apply:

  • Trains from Bedwyn to London Paddington will start / terminate at Reading
  • Heathrow Connect services will run non-stop between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington
  • Delays of up to 10 minutes and alterations can be expected to services

 

Engineers will carry out works to resolve the issue overnight and we expect that all lines will reopen by 06:00 in the morning.

Customer Advice:

You may use your ticket on London Buses and London Underground services.

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 #Paddington

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 travel disruptions found.

Planned Engineering Works (14)

Amended 04:15 Brighton to Bedford service on Monday 15 January

Engineering work is taking place between Brighton and Three Bridges, closing all lines.

The 04:15 Brighton to Bedford service will start at Three Bridges. A bus will operate from Brighton to Three Bridges.

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.

Revised 05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street service from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 January

Engineering work is taking place between Ilkeston and Alfreton, closing the lines between the stations from midnight until 06:00 each day.

The 05:21 Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street service will depart earlier from Nottingham and will divert between Nottingham and Chesterfield.

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 overnight Great Northern services from Monday 15 to Friday 19 January

Engineering work is taking place each night from 22:30 Monday until 05:15 Friday between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, closing some lines.

Trains will be unable to call at Harringay or Hornsey. Customers are advised to use local buses via any reasonable route.

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 overnight Southeastern services from Monday 15 to Friday 19 January

Engineering work is taking place between London Victoria and Brixton and and between Maidstone East and Ashford, closing some lines overnight.

Monday to Thursday:

21:54 Ramsgate to London Victoria service will arrive 6 minutes later than usual.

22:52 London Victoria to Ashford International will terminate at Maidstone East. A replacement bus will depart Maidstone East at 23:56, calling all stations to Ashford International. 

22:55 Orpington to London Victoria service will arrive 4 minutes later than usual.

23:09 Swanley to London Victoria service will arrive 5 minutes later than usual.

23:22 London Victoria to Ashford International will terminate at Maidstone East. A replacement bus will depart Maidstone East at 00:35, calling all stations to Canterbury West (set down only).

23:40 London Victoria to Orpington service will be re-timed to depart at 23:42 and run up to 14 minutes later throughout.

23:40 Orpington to London Victoria service will arrive 7 minutes later than usual. 

23:52 London Victoria to Bromley South service will arrive 6 minutes later than usual.

23:55 London Victoria to Orpington service will be re-timed to depart at 23:58 and run approximately 5 minutes later than usual.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday:

23:10 Ramsgate to Gillingham service will terminate at Faversham. A replacement bus will run between Faversham and Gillingham.

23:25 London St Pancras to Faversham service will terminate at Ebbsfleet International. A replacement bus will run from Ebbsfleet International to Faversham.

23:51 Sheerness-on-Sea to Sittingbourne will not run, and will be replaced by a bus service.

23:55 London St Pancras to Faversham service will terminate at Ebbsfleet International. A replacement bus will run from Ebbsfleet International to Faversham.

00:07 London Victoria to Ramsgate will terminate at Gillingham. A replacement bus will run between Gillingham and Ramsgate.

Tuesday to Friday

00:09 London Victoria to Dartford will be re-timed to depart at 00:10 and run slightly later to Eltham and then as normal.

00:22 London Victoria to Ashford International will terminate at Maidstone East. A replacement bus will depart Maidstone East at 01:35, calling all stations to Ashford International (set down only).

00:25 London Victoria to Orpington will be re-timed to depart at 00:32 and run up to 15 minutes later throughout the journey.

00:50 Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea will not run, and will be replaced by a bus service.

Check before you travel:

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

Amended overnight service between Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze / Clacton-on-Sea from Monday 15 until Thursday 18 January

Engineering work is taking place between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea, closing the line overnight.

22:56 Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze service be diverted to Clacton-on-Sea. Rail replacement buses will operate between Thorpe-le-Soken, Kirby Cross, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

23:18 London Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea service will terminate at Colchester. Rail replacement buses will operate Colchester and Wivenhoe, Alresford, Great Bentley, Thorpe-le-Soken and Clacton-on-Sea.

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.

Amended overnight service to and from Holyhead from Monday 15 until Thursday 18 January

Track work is taking place between Llandudno Junction and Holyhead, closing the line each night from 23:00.

Replacement road transport will run between Llandudno Junction and Holyhead each night.

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.

Amended service each night between Crewe / Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 January

Engineering work is taking place between Chinley and Stockport, closing the line from 23:10 each night; and also between Crewe and Cheadle Hulme from 22:50 each night.

The following Arriva Trains Wales services are amended overnight:

20:17 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly service terminates at Crewe. Replacement road transport will be provided between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

22:35 Manchester Piccadilly to Shrewsbury service will be diverted via Stoke-on-Trent. Replacement road transport will operate between Stockport, Wilmslow and Crewe. There will be no connection to Shrewsbury from this bus service.

The following Northern operated routes are amended overnight:

Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly

Late night trains will be amended with road transport replacing some trains from Crewe.

Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe / Alderley Edge

Trains will terminate at Wilmslow or Stockport. Buses will be provided for the remainder of the journey to Crewe or Alderley Edge.

Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly

22:47 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Stockport. A bus will be provided between Chinley, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly for connecting passengers.

Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly

22:57 Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly service will start from Stockport. A bus will be provided between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly.

23:10 Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton service will terminate at Stockport. A bus will be provided from Stockport to Buxton.

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.

Amended overnight service between Leeds and Huddersfield from Monday 15 until Thursday 18 January

Lineside equipment is being renewed between Leeds and Huddersfield overnight from 23:50, with various lines closed.

Monday to Thursday (late nights)

23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will not call at Dewsbury. A replacement bus will run between Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

Tuesday to Friday (early mornings)

Trains between York and Manchester Airport will depart Huddersfield up to 13 minutes later than usual.

00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will depart Leeds 13 minutes later than normal.

04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will be re-timed to depart Huddersfield 15 minutes earlier than usual.

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.

 

Amended service between Cardiff Central and Pontypridd each night from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 January

Engineering work is taking place between Cardiff Central and Pontypridd, closing various lines each night from 23:05.

21:42 Bridgend to Aberdare service terminates at Cardiff Central. Customers should use the 22:46 Treherbert service for Pontypridd and change for a replacement bus to Aberdare.

22:38 Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Central service terminates at Pontypridd. A replacement bus will run to Cardiff Central.

22:45 Barry Island to Pontypridd service terminates at Cardiff Central. A replacement bus will run between Cardiff Central and Pontypridd.

22:55 Cardiff Central to Radyr service will be replaced by a bus throughout.

23:14 Radyr to Barry Island will terminate at Cardiff Queen Street. A replacement bus will also run between Radyr and Barry Island.

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.

Amended service between Worcester and Hereford overnight from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 January

Engineering work is taking place between Droitwich Spa and Hereford, closing some lines overnight.

The 20:59 Birmingham New Street to Hereford service will terminate at Great Malvern. Customers can travel on the 22:20 Great Malvern to Hereford service provided by Great Western Railway.

The 22:59 Hereford to Worcester Shrub Hill service will not run. A bus will run between these stations.

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.

Amended service between London Liverpool Street and Cheshunt / Enfield Town from 23:30 each night Monday 15 to Thursday 18 January

Track work using the Mobile Maintenance Train is taking place each night between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt, closing the line.

London Overground

From approximately 23:30, road transport will run as follows:

  • Service L2: London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - stations to Cheshunt
  • Service L1: London Liverpool Street - Bethnal Green - stations to Enfield Town

Stansted Express and Greater Anglia

From approximately 23:30, trains will be diverted via Tottenham Hale instead of running via Seven Sisters. Customers for Seven Sisters stations should walk to stations on the Tottenham Hale route.

Check before you travel:

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

A walking route map to help you plan your transfer between stations on the Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale routes can be found here.

Bicycles:

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

Amended service between Shenfield and Southminster / Southend Victoria from 22:25 on Monday 15 Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 January

Work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Shenfield and Hockley, closing the line after 22:25 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Southminster line will also be closed.

Engineering work scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled, and a normal evening service will run.

The last direct service to Southend Victoria will depart London Liverpool Street at 21:35.

The last service to Southminster will depart Wickford at 20:56.

From 22:25 each night, road transport will run between Shenfield and Hockley / Southminster.

Further alterations will be made after 23:55, with road transport extended to run between Shenfield and Southend Victoria / Southminster.

Some late night services will also be cancelled throughout. Customers should take alternative trains to Shenfield to connect with the road transport.

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.

Buses replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen on every Sunday from 7 January until 4 February

Engineering work is taking place between Dundee and Aberdeen, every Sunday until 4 February, closing the line between these stations.

Caledonian Sleeper

The Aberdeen to London Euston 'Highland' Sleeper service will be replaced by an earlier bus between Aberdeen and Dundee.

CrossCountry

Buses will replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen.

ScotRail

Buses will replace trains between Dundee and Aberdeen. Each rail service will be replaced by 1 stopping, and 2 express schedule buses.

If you are travelling to and from Broughty Ferry, road transport will run to and from Dundee and Arbroath.

Customers should allow for extra time as journey times will be significantly extended.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Trains will not run between Dundee and Aberdeen. Buses will run between these stations, calling at stations usually served by the train.

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 typing in your station here.

Bicycles:

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

Project Information:

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

Major improvement work between Preston and Blackpool from Saturday 11 November until Sunday 25 March

As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool. This is to deliver cleaner, quieter and more reliable journeys. Further information can be found here.

Until Sunday 28 January:

There will be NO trains between Preston and Blackpool South / Blackpool North.

Rail replacement buses will run every 15 minutes between Preston and Blackpool North, with some buses running direct.

Rail replacement buses will run hourly between Preston and Blackpool South. Please note, there is no bus service to or from Blackpool South on Sundays.

During peak hours, additional buses will run between Preston and St Annes and Lytham calling at Poulton-le-Fylde.

From Monday 29 January until Sunday 25 March:

An hourly rail service will resume between Preston and and Blackpool South.

Replacement buses will continue to run between Preston and Blackpool North.

Ticket acceptance:

All replacement buses are operated by Northern, however Virgin Trains customers with valid tickets will be accepted on these buses between Preston and Blackpool North.

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.

No planned engineering works found.

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