Future engineering work

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Major improvement works affecting trains between Watford Junction and London Euston from Friday 3 to Monday 6 April 2015

Start date
03/04/2015 
End date
06/04/2015 
Route affected
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All routes to and from London Euston and between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction

 
TOC(s) affected
London MidlandSouthernVirgin 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.

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 into and out of London Euston will be closed for four days over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to allow Network Rail to carry this  work.  There are also further works taking place at other locations along the West Coast Main Line route.  

Travelling on the West Coast Main line and getting to and from London over the Easter weekend will be very difficult and it is recommended that, where possible, you travel either before the work starts or after it has finished; although it is anticipated that trains before and after the Easter weekend will be busy, so please plan and book your journey as soon as possible.

The following gives an overview of the key routes to/from London:

•    Glasgow travel via Edinburgh for Virgin Trains East Coast services to London Kings Cross
•    Birmingham travel on Chiltern Railways services between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone
•    The Lake District, the North West and Manchester area use a combination of Virgin Trains, First TransPennine and Northern Rail services to travel via Sheffield for East Midlands Trains services to London St Pancras
•    Liverpool/Runcorn/Stafford and Tamworth use a combination of Virgin Trains, London Midland and CrossCountry services to travel via Nuneaton and Leicester for East Midlands Trains services to London St Pancras

To plan your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, which gives details of the changes and the impact on your journey.

To get options for your journey on London Underground, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner

London Midland services between London Euston and Tring / Milton Keynes Central / Northampton will not run.

On Friday, Saturday and Monday trains between London Euston and Tring / Milton Keynes Central / Northampton will not run. Replacement buses will operate between Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead and between Hemel Hempstead and Watford Junction / Edgware (London Underground station). Passengers are advised to travel on London Overground trains between London Euston and Watford Junction, or via the London Underground from Edgware to Central London (allowing approximately 45 minutes journey time). A special half-hourly train service will run between Hemel Hempstead and Northampton

On Sunday, trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Crewe will run between Northampton and Birmingham New Street / Crewe only. Until 10:00, replacement buses will operate between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton and after 10:00, replacement buses will operate between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead / Milton Keynes Central / Northampton, with a special hourly train service running between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes Central.  

From Friday to Monday,  buses will replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey. 

For further travel advice please view here

Additionally on Sunday, no London Overground services will run between London Euston and Watford Junction.

No Southern service will run between Watford Junction and Shepherds Bush. Passengers are advised to use London Underground between Victoria and Euston and then London Midland services between London Euston and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central.

Virgin Trains services will start / terminate at either Rugby or Milton Keynes Central. For further travel advice please view here

For the duration of this work Chiltern Railways will be running an enhanced service between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street / Snow Hill with additional and longer trains.   

Planning your Journey

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

To get options for your journey on London Underground, please use the Transport for London Journey Planner