Future engineering work

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Major improvement works affecting trains between Watford Junction and London Euston at the weekends in August 2014

Start date
09/08/2014 
End date
07/04/2015 
Route affected

All routes to and from London Euston and between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction

 
TOC(s) affected
London MidlandLondon OvergroundSouthernVirgin Trains
Description

In the past 15 years, the number of trains using the West Coast Main Line has doubled - and it's getting busier. Much of the infrastructure around Watford dates from the 1960s and with trains running around the clock, it's becoming increasingly unreliable.

Over a series of seven weekends from August 2014 to April 2015, Network Rail will be replacing three critical junctions to the north and south of Watford and renewing the signalling system in the area. It will also replace the track crossovers with track that is easier to maintain, reducing future disruption due to maintenance, resulting in fewer delays, better punctuality and providing more comfortable journeys.

The Improvement works, when complete, will:

  • Renew all signalling between Kings Langley and Bushey allowing greater flexibility, and quicker return to a normal service after disruption
  • Lay over 15km (9 miles) of new track giving a smoother journey
  • Modify the overhead line equipment to make it more reliable       
  • Reconstruct Orphanage Road Bridge to allow for future line speeds of 125 mph

 

The line between Watford Junction and London Euston will be closed on the following weekends to allow for this work:

2014

  • Saturday 9 August 2014 to Monday 11 August 2014
  • Saturday 16 August 2014 to Monday 18 August 2014
  • Saturday 23 August 2014 to Tuesday 26 August 2014
  • Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Monday 29 December 2014

2015

  • Saturday 14 February 2015 to Monday 16 February 2015
  • Saturday 21 February 2015 to Monday 23 February 2015
  • Friday 3 April 2015 to Tuesday 7 April 2015

 

August Alternative Routes and Planning Your Journey

For the alternative routes available throughout August for London Midland, please use the information from this link

For the alternative routes available throughout August for Virgin Trains, please use the information from this link

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

 

Saturday 9 to Monday 11 August

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August the lines are closed between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston with the following alterations will take place:

There will be no mainline trains between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston.

London Midland services to London Euston from Birmingham and Crewe will terminate at Northampton. At Northampton, passengers can change on to a special half hourly train service between Northampton and Hemel Hempstead. Buses will run between Hemel Hempstead and Stanmore Underground Station, via Apsley, Kings Langley and Watford Junction. The same applies in the opposite direction. Passengers may use London Underground services between Stanmore and central London. 

Buses are also replacing trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey. 

On Sunday, there will be no London Overground service between Watford Junction and Queens Park. Buses will run between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone and passengers should use London Underground between Harrow & Wealdstone and Queens Park.

On Saturday, Southern services will operate between South Croydon and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Milton Keynes are advised to use the London Underground services between London Victoria and London Euston. London Overground are operating to Watford Junction then bus onwards to Milton Keynes. 

On Sunday, Southern services will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Watford Junction are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and Stanmore (via Marylebone). A replacement bus service will operate between Stanmore and Watford Junction.

Most Virgin Trains services will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central or Rugby with Holyhead services running between Holyhead and Crewe only.

Virgin Trains will run a service between Birmingham International, Coventry and London Euston via the Chiltern lines.

On Monday 11 August, some lines will re-open and the following alterations will take place:

Until 06:30, there will be no trains between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead.

After 06:30 and until 16:30, there will be an amended and reduced service into London Euston

Buses continue to replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

Saturday 16 to Monday 18 August

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August the lines are closed between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead and the following alterations will take place:

There will be no mainline trains between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston.

London Midland services to London Euston from Birmingham and Crewe will terminate at Northampton. At Northampton, passengers can change on to a special half hourly train service between Northampton and Hemel Hempstead. Buses will run between Hemel Hempstead and Stanmore Underground Station, via Apsley, Kings Langley and Watford Junction. The same applies in the opposite direction. Passengers may use London Underground services between Stanmore and central London.

Buses are replacing trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

On Saturday, Southern services will operate between South Croydon and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Milton Keynes are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and London Euston, London Overground services between London Euston and Watford Junction,  replacement bus services between Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead and London Midland services between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes.

On Sunday, Southern services will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Watford Junction are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and London Euston and London Overground services between London Euston and Watford Junction.

Most Virgin Trains services will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central or Rugby with Holyhead services running between Holyhead and Crewe only.

Virgin Trains will run a service between Birmingham International, Coventry and London Euston via the Chiltern lines.

On Monday 18 August, some lines will re-open and the following alterations will take place:

Until 06:30, there will be no trains between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead.

After 06:30 and until 16:30, there will be an amended and reduced service into London Euston. 

Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August

From Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August the lines are closed between London Euston an Hemel Hempstead and the following alterations will take place:

There will be no mainline trains between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston all weekend and on Sunday between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston.

London Midland services to London Euston from Birmingham and Crewe will terminate at Northampton (they will terminate at Milton Keynes on Sun 24 August). At Northampton, passengers can change on to a special half hourly train service between Northampton and Hemel Hempstead. Buses will run between Hemel Hempstead and Stanmore Underground Station, via Apsley, Kings Langley and Watford Junction. On Sunday these buses will be extended to Milton Keynes Central. The same applies in the opposite direction. Passengers may use London Underground services between Stanmore and central London.

Buses are replacing trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey

On Saturday, Southern services will operate between South Croydon and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Milton Keynes are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and Stanmore, replacement buses between Stanmore and Hemel Hempstead and London Midland services between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes Central.

On Sunday, Southern services will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Watford Junction are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and London Euston and London Overground services between London Euston and Watford Junction.

On Monday, Southern services will operate between South Croydon and Shepherds Bush. Passengers for stations to Milton Keynes are advised to use London Underground services between London Victoria and Stanmore, replacement buses between Stanmore and Hemel Hempstead and London Midland services between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes Central.

Most Virgin Trains services will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central or Rugby with Holyhead services running between Holyhead and Crewe only.

Virgin Trains will run a service between Birmingham International, Coventry and London Euston via the Chiltern lines.