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Disruption between London St Pancras International and Bedford until the end of the day
More information on Disruption between London St Pancras International and Bedford until the end of the day
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Incident created
20/07/2018 06:31
Last updated
20/07/2018 13:22
Route affected
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Thameslink services between Bedford / Luton / St Albans and Rainham / Orpington / Sevenoaks / East Grinstead /Sutton / Gatwick Airport / Brighton / Horsham / Littlehampton 

 
Train operator affected
Thameslink
Description

The tree has been removed from the overhead electric wires between London St Pancras International and St Albans, however, it has caused damage to one of the lines towards Bedford. As a result, trains will be diverted on to alternative lines. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

East Midlands Trains services are no longer affected by this disruption. 

How is this currently affecting the train service?
3 out of the 4 lines are available for use between West Hampstead Thameslink and St Albans. As a result of this, trains are subject to delays of up to 30 minutes and some services will be cancelled or revised.

This is also having a knock-on effect on the Peterborough to Horsham services in both directions causing delays of up to 15 minutes.

You are strongly advised to allow extra time to complete your journey and check your journey prior to travelling.

Trains are amended as follows:

  • Bedford and Gatwick Airport services are suspended (alternative Thameslink trains are available)
  • St Albans and Sutton via Mitcham Junction & Wimbledon services will be limited. These services will be starting and terminating at London Blackfriars or Kentish Town
  • Luton to Rainham services will call additionally at Mill Hill Broadway, Cricklewood and Kentish Town
  • Bedford to Brighton services will not have any alteration to the calling pattern, however, these may be subject to residual delays
  • Where possible additional stops will be placed on as many services throughout the day

Alternative travel options

To keep you moving your tickets are being accepted on the following via any reasonable route;

  • London Underground 
  • London Buses
  • Mutual ticket acceptance between Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern
  • Southeastern
  • Trams
  • London Northwestern
  • East Midlands Trains between Bedford and London St Pancras International

Replacement buses are in circulation between Bedford, Luton and St Albans and Thameslink are in the process of arranging more. The buses will help supplement the train service.

Travelling between St Albans and Sutton?
Passengers are advised to either travel to East Croydon and take the Croydon Tram towards Wimbledon or for passengers requiring stations towards Sutton including Mitcham Eastfields change at Mitcham Junction for a Southern service.

London Buses serve the following station;

  • Tooting - Tooting is additionally served by London Underground
  • Wimbledon Chase
  • South Merton
  • Morden South
  • St Helier
  • Sutton Common
  • West Sutton

Can you tell me more about the incident?

Earlier this morning a large tree was found caught in the overhead electric wires between Radlett and St Albans station and also at Elstree & Borehamwood. Network Rail staff and a specialist team attended and have removed the trees. Although the tree near St Albans has been removed it has caused damage to one of the lines towards Bedford. Network Rail will carry out the repairs overnight tonight in order to minimise the disruption to the train service. 

When severe disruption occurs, it can sometimes have an effect on services across the whole network, this is down to drivers and trains not being in the right place at the right time. Control teams are working extremely hard and will endeavour to run as many services as possible. Thameslink would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your journey today.

Images of the tree on the overhead wire can be viewed here

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 #StAlbans

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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Disruption through Bradford Interchange expected until 14:30
More information on Disruption through Bradford Interchange expected until 14:30
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Incident created
20/07/2018 11:49
Last updated
20/07/2018 13:18
Route affected
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All routes through Bradford Interchange

 
Train operator affected
Grand CentralNorthern
Description

All lines through Bradford Interchange have been reopened following the emergency services dealing with an incident at the station earlier today.

Trains may be cancelled, delayed or diverted as services return to normal.

We anticipate disruption will continue until 14:30.

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 #BradfordInterchange

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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Engineering work affecting Thameslink / Southern / Gatwick Express services on Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July
More information on Engineering work affecting Thameslink / Southern / Gatwick Express services on Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July
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Incident created
20/07/2018 02:48
Last updated
20/07/2018 07:37
Route affected

Gatwick Express / Southern / Thameslink Network

 
Train operator affected
Gatwick ExpressSouthernThameslink
Description

Essential engineering work will affect services as follows:

Additional information:

It is expected that journey planners will be updated by 20:00 on Friday to show alterations for Saturday, and will be updated by 20:00 on Saturday to show alterations for Sunday. On affected routes, journeys may be significantly altered and extended compared with the information shown in journey planners if you check before these times.

There may also be other on-the-day alterations. It is therefore vital that you recheck your train as close to the time of your journey using journey planner or live departures.

 
Amended Northern timetable until the end of July
More information on Amended Northern timetable until the end of July
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Incident created
13/04/2018 09:12
Last updated
20/07/2018 07:30
Route affected

Various Northern routes

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

Since Monday 4 June, 6% of daily train services, that’s 165 out of the normal 2,800 daily services, have been temporarily removed until the end of July.

This interim timetable will enable Northern to start to stabilise service levels over the next few weeks and, importantly, start to reduce the number of last-minute train cancellations.

In the short-term fewer trains will be running, but still more than before the May timetable change. A full timetable is expected to be restored by the end of July.

Alternative travel advice:
It has been arranged for Northern tickets to be accepted by other train companies until 29 July 2018. This means if your Northern train is delayed or cancelled, you can use your ticket to travel on the below train companies’ services:

  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Trains
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Merseyrail
  • TransPennine Express
  • Virgin Trains

What areas are affected?
On a number of routes affected there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

Lakes Line
Northern are currently operating a limited shuttle rail service on the Lakes Line. This comprises of 12 round trips per day between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere, operating between 06.30 and 20:00, with rail replacement buses to cover gaps in service for crew breaks.

This includes express coaches in operation for commuters, stopping services for tourists and special buses for school children – ensuring you have been able to continue to travel along the Lakes Line and enjoy all the Lake District has to offer. 

Blackpool
There will be a reduced service between Blackpool South and Preston and also between Preston and Colne and a small number of off-peak services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport will be removed. Other services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly will start / terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.

Lancashire
There will be reductions between Ormskirk and Preston and a small number between Blackburn and Southport via Manchester Victoria, whilst many services on the Lancaster to Morecambe line will be removed.

Manchester
A reduced service will operate on the Kirkby to Manchester Victoria line via Wigan, and between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Liverpool City Region
Additionally, there is a closure of Liverpool Lime Street for two months whilst significant work takes place on re-signalling and remodelling of the infrastructure. More details can be found here.

On a number of these routes there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

Additional Information
More information is available on Northern's website.

A joint statement about the disruption from Network Rail, GTR and Northern can be found here.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner until Friday 27 July.

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

Compensation:
You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey. 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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Impact to travel on Great Northern, Thameslink and Northern services due to changes to timetables. Please check before you travel today.
More information on Impact to travel on Great Northern, Thameslink and Northern services due to changes to timetables. Please check before you travel today.
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Incident created
05/06/2018 18:35
Last updated
19/07/2018 11:38
Route affected

Great Northern, Northern and Thameslink routes

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

What is happening?

The new train timetable introduced on 20 May was designed to accommodate extra services and faster trains. Due to the large number of changes required and the late running of some engineering improvements this process has taken longer than anticipated. This meant that train companies had much less time to prepare for the new timetable meaning specialist training required could not be completed in time for drivers to learn all the new routes, or operate different trains for operators to address all the logistical challenges.

Although majority of the services are running as planned, there has been disruption in some areas.

As a result, further changes to timetabled services have been made on Great Northern, Thameslink and most of Northern with immediate effect.

What we are doing

Great Northern, Thameslink, Northern and Network Rail are working hard to get back on track as quickly as possible.

Northern has put into place an interim timetable to stabilise services with the full timetable expected to be in place by end of July.

Great Northern and Thameslink are working to introduce changes that will progressively deliver improvement. In the meantime, some trains will be removed from their timetable so there are fewer unplanned cancellations, allowing passengers to arrange their journeys with greater confidence.

What we would advise

Check before you travel:

Please check our Journey Planner before you travel to help plan your journey.

If you have a ticket to travel on Northern, Thameslink, or Great Northern train services and are unable to complete your journey due to delays or cancellations on the recent published timetable changes, valid tickets are being accepted by other train companies on reasonable alternative routes at no extra cost until 29 July (tickets will not be accepted on Southeastern High Speed services due to capacity constraints). Just present your ticket to a member of staff on the day. Click here to view the alternative options available to you.

To find out more details about disruptions and alternative routes available, please check our National Service Indicator by selecting the appropriate Train Operating Company for updates on how their services are running.

More information from Network Rail, Great Northern, Thameslink, and Northern can be found here.

Check if you can claim compensation:

Customers affected are encouraged to apply for Delay Repay compensation. Find out more information here.

 

 
Industrial action to affect South Western Railway services on various dates in July, August and September
More information on Industrial action to affect South Western Railway services on various dates in July, August and September
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Incident created
17/07/2018 10:56
Last updated
19/07/2018 06:18
Route affected

Various South Western Railway routes

 
Train operator affected
South Western Railway
Description

The RMT trade union intends to hold six 24 hour strikes and one 48 hour strike on the South Western Railway Network.

Island Line services will not be affected.

The strike action is planned on the following dates:

  • Thursday 26 July
  • Saturday 28 July
  • Tuesday 31 July
  • Saturday 4 August
  • Saturday 11 August
  • Saturday 18 August
  • Friday 31 August
  • Saturday 1 September

 

More information on train services will be added when known.

Check before you travel:
Changes to the timetable have not yet been updated in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel

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

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Industrial action suspended - The planned Northern service will run on Saturday 21 July
More information on Industrial action suspended - The planned Northern service will run on Saturday 21 July
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Incident created
05/07/2018 13:09
Last updated
14/07/2018 08:40
Route affected

All Northern Routes

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

Northern are advising that the RMT trade union has agreed to hold talks in a bid to resolve their ongoing dispute and has called off its strike action that was planned for Saturday 21 July.

Customers can plan their journeys based on a regular Saturday timetable. More background information from Northern is available here.

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 #NorthernDispute

Feedback:
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Current engineering work

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Amended Southern service from 23:30 until 05:30 Friday 20 July
More information on Amended Southern service from 23:30 until 05:30 Friday 20 July
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Start date
19/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Between London Victoria / London Bridge  and Epsom Downs / Sutton / West Croydon / Selhurst / Guildford

 
Train operator affected
Southern
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Streatham Common and Selhurst, closing some lines.

A reduced service will operate between 23:30 and 05:30, with some trains being cancelled or amended.

The following trains will not run:

19:11 London Victoria to Epsom

20:01 Epsom to London Victoria

20:55 London Victoria to Dorking

21:11 London Victoria to Epsom

22:01 Epsom to London Victoria

22:07 Dorking to London Victoria

23:00 London Victoria to Epsom Downs

23:11 London Victoria to Epsom

23:16 London Victoria to Sutton

06:39 Guildford to London Bridge

The following services will be amended:

22:30 London Victoria to Epsom Downs will terminate at Sutton

22:46 London Victoria to Sutton will terminate at Selhurst

23:06 London Victoria to West Croydon will terminate at Norwood Junction

23:40 London Victoria to Sutton will divert from Balham and terminate at Norwood Junction

23:32 London Victoria to West Croydon will terminate at Norwood Junction

23:54 London Bridge to Selhurst will divert from Tulse Hill and terminate at Norwood Junction

05:31 Epsom to London Bridge will start at Sydenham

05:51 Sutton to London Victoria will start at Balham 

To assist you with your journey, you may use your ticket on London Buses between London Victoria, East and West Croydon, Sutton and Norwood Junction. 

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.

 

 
Engineering work taking place on various WEEKDAYS and most WEEKENDS between Reading and Newbury in 2018
More information on Engineering work taking place on various WEEKDAYS and most WEEKENDS between Reading and Newbury in 2018
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Start date
18/07/2018 
End date
31/12/2018 
Route affected
Download map of route afected

'High Speed Trains' between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Exeter St Davids / Taunton and London Paddington

'Thames Valley' local trains between Bedwyn / Newbury and Reading / London Paddington

 
Train operator affected
Great Western Railway
Description

Engineering work is taking place to electrify the lines between Newbury and Reading, in connection with the Great Western Route Modernisation major project.

Work will be taking place on various weekdays and most weekends up until the end of 2018.

The following dates will be affected by closures during weekdays:

  • Monday 16 July to Friday 4 August
  • Tuesday 28 August to Thursday 30 August
  • Monday 8 October to Thursday 11 October

Please note, the dates are subject to change.

How will this affect my journey?

Trains between Newbury and Reading will not run. An amended train service will run between Theale and Reading to help maintain connections.

Buses will be provided between the following stations:

  • Newbury / Thatcham and Reading (peak times only)
  • Newbury and Didcot Parkway (peak times only, change for connecting trains)
  • Newbury and Theale
  • Newbury and Bedwyn
  • Bedwyn and Reading (peak times only)
  • Bedwyn and Theale
  • Pewsey and Swindon (for connecting trains)
  • Pewsey and Westbury

To keep daytime work to a minimum, Network Rail will sometimes work during the night, especially at weekends. If you travel after 21:00 on weekends, and before 11:00 on Sundays, we strongly recommend checking your journey before you travel.

As diverted long-distance High Speed Trains will be diverted via Swindon and Melksham, stopping services between Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, and Trowbridge will be changed whenever the work at Newbury is taking place.

On Weekdays where the line is closed at Newbury, buses will be provided to run between Chippenham and Westbury in place of some trains. On Weekends, trains will continue to run but may depart at different times.

Ticket acceptance:

To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on alternative bus routes in both directions; these include:

  • JetBlack 1 between Newbury, Thatcham and Reading
  • Kennections 102 between Newbury and Thatcham
  • Thamesdown R20 / X22 between Marlborough and Hungerford
  • Salisbury Reds Activ8 between Amesbury / Tidworth and Andover / Salisbury
  • Salisbury Reds X5 between Salisbury, Pewsey and Swindon
  • Salisbury Reds 2 between Devises and Salisbury
  • Stagecoach 80 between Ludgershall, Tidworth and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 55 between Calne and Swindon
  • Stagecoach 49 between Trowbridge, Devises and Swindon
  • Thamesdown 46/46A/48/48A between Marlborough and Swindon

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Accessibility:

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.

Great Western Railway use a mix of low-floor buses and non-accessible coaches to run replacement services. If you are not able to travel on one of the buses, Great Western Railway will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.

It’s best to let the train operator know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel

Project Information:

The Great Western Route Modernisation project is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 150 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

Network Rail are electrifying one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener, more reliable journeys and improving connections across southern England and South Wales: London and Bristol, including Cardiff, Newbury and Oxford. This project is also part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.

 
Buses replace trains between Worthing / Brighton and Haywards Heath each night until Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace trains between Worthing / Brighton and Haywards Heath each night until Friday 20 July
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Start date
17/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Between Worthing / Brighton and Haywards Heath

 
Train operators affected
SouthernThameslink
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Preston Park and Wivelsfield, closing all lines overnight from 23:15 until 04:50 (ending on Friday morning).

Buses will replace trains between Worthing / Brighton and Haywards Heath. Some buses will extend to terminate at Three Bridges.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace trains between Bridgeton and Motherwell from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace trains between Bridgeton and Motherwell from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Between Glasgow Central and Newton; Milngavie and Larkhall and Dalmuir and Motherwell

 
Train operator affected
ScotRail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Whifflet and Polmadie, closing various lines.

Buses replace trains between:-

  • Bridgeton and Motherwell (via Whifflet)
  • Bridgeton and Newton (for Larkhall and Motherwell connections)

 

Trains will run hourly between Cumbernauld and Motherwell.

An amended timetable will operate for trains which normally operate via Glasgow Central Low Level.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 in the Oxford area from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July
More information on Amended service in the Oxford area from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July
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Start date
07/07/2018 
End date
22/07/2018 
Route affected
Download map of route afected

Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Oxford (and late Sunday night services to Birmingham)

CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth

Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Banbury / Oxford / Worcester

 
Train operators affected
Chiltern RailwaysCrossCountryGreat Western Railway
Description

Engineering work is taking place at Oxford, closing all lines for 16 days. More information on this work is available here.

Chiltern Railways

Trains will not run between Oxford Parkway and Oxford. Customers can use the Oxford Park & Ride route 500 bus.

CrossCountry

Monday 16 to Friday 20 July

Buses replace trains between Oxford and Banbury, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Buses will replace trains between Didcot Parkway, Oxford and Banbury.

Great Western Railway

Monday 16 to Friday 20 July

Until 22:35 each night, a limited service of one train per hour will run between London Paddington and Oxford.

Replacement bus services will run between:

  • Didcot Parkway and Oxford
  • Didcot Parkway and Hanborough
  • Oxford and Banbury
  • Oxford and Kingham (limited service)

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

London Paddington to Worcester / Great Malvern / Hereford: Trains will run between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway, and between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester / Great Malvern / Hereford. Buses will run between Didcot Parkway, Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh. A minibus shuttle service will run between Charlbury railway stations and Charlbury village.

Didcot Parkway - Oxford - Banbury: These trains are replaced by buses.

London Paddington - Oxford: These trains will run between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway only, a fast bus service will run between Didcot Parkway and Oxford. Alternatively you can use Chiltern Railways services between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway (then use the Park & Ride bus to/from Oxford).

Local trains between London Paddington and Reading / Didcot Parkway will operate to revised timings.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Network Rail are renewing track, installing new signals and laying new cables. During this summer block, they will be continuing with this operational work. The track to the north of the station will be removed and replaced as it is life expired.

The new track, crossings, signals (operated from the Thames Valley Signal Centre at Didcot) will allow for increased line speeds, better regulation of trains (passenger and freight) through the station and new power supplies for the signals will result in a more reliable signal system.

 
Amended early morning Southeastern service on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July
More information on Amended early morning Southeastern service on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July
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Start date
19/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

00:10 London Victoria to Ramsgate and

00:26 Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea

 

 
Train operator affected
Southeastern
Description

Engineering work is taking place in the Sittingbourne area, closing some lines.

Thursday and Friday

00:10 London Victoria to Ramsgate - This service terminates at Gillingham 01:03. A replacement bus service will be provided calling at: Gillingham 01:12, Rainham 01:25, Newington 01:35, Sittingbourne 01:44 and Faversham 02:01. A bus will depart Sittingbourne01:48 for Teynham.

An additional service will be provided for the onward journey calling at: Faversham 02:10, Whitstable 02:18, Chestfield & Swalcliffe 02:21, Herne bay 02:25, Birchington-on-Sea 02:34, Westgate-on-Sea 02:38, Margate 02:42, Broadstairs 02:48, Dumpton Park 02:51 and Ramsgate 02:54.

00:26 Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea - This service WILL NOT RUN.

A replacement bus will be provided calling at: Sittingbourne 00:27, Kemsley 00:34, Swale 00:39, Queenborough 00:44 and Sheerness–on-Sea 00:51.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace overnight trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace overnight trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Between Moorgate and Stevenage via Hertford North

 
Train operator affected
Great Northern
Description

Engineering work is taking place from 23:50 until 04:40 each night between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North, closing various lines.

Buses will replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace late night trains between Three Bridges and Horsham from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace late night trains between Three Bridges and Horsham from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Southern 23:26 London Victoria to Horsham and

Thameslink 21:54 Peterborough to Horsham

 
Train operators affected
SouthernThameslink
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Three Bridges and Horsham, closing some lines.

Monday to Thursday

Southern

The 23:26 London Victoria to Horsham service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus will run between Three Bridges and Horsham.

Thameslink

The 21:54 Peterborough to Horsham service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus will run between Three Bridges and Horsham.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace overnight trains between Oxted and East Grinstead / Uckfield from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace overnight trains between Oxted and East Grinstead / Uckfield from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Southern between London Victoria / London Bridge and East Grinstead / Uckfield

 
Train operator affected
Southern
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Oxted and East Grinstead / Uckfield overnight from Monday evening until Friday morning, closing lines overnight.

As a result, the following trains will terminate at Oxted:

Monday to Thursday:

  • 22:07 London Bridge to Uckfield.
  • 22:52 London Victoria to East Grinstead.
  • 23:07 London Bridge to Uckfield.
  • 23:21 London Victoria to East Grinstead.

Replacement buses will run between Oxted and East Grinstead and also between Oxted and Uckfield.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July
More information on Buses replace trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July
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Start date
14/07/2018 
End date
22/07/2018 
Route affected
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Between Glasgow Central and Carlisle / Newcastle

 
Train operator affected
ScotRail
Description

Structures work is taking place between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, closing all lines.

Buses replace trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries. Express buses will operate to connect with journeys to Newcastle.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages 

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 Northern Services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Amended late night Northern Services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

Engineering work is taking place each night between Manchester Victoria and Salford Crescent, closing some lines.

Monday to Thursday

The 23:13 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Preston. A bus will be provided from Preston to Manchester Piccadilly for onward train services.

The 23:46 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly. A replacement bus service will operate between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston. Timetabled bus connections are available between Preston and Blackpool North.

Tuesday to Friday

The 00:33 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport service will start from Manchester Piccadilly. A bus will be provided from Blackpool North to Manchester Piccadilly for onward train service.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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. 

 
23:25 Blackburn to Manchester Victoria will be replaced by a bus from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
More information on 23:25 Blackburn to Manchester Victoria will be replaced by a bus from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Blackburn to Manchester Victoria

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

Engineering work is taking place each night between Manchester Victoria and Smithy Bridge, closing some lines.

The 23:25 Blackburn to Manchester Victoria service will be replace by a bus throughout.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 Newbury and Theale from Monday from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
More information on Amended service between Newbury and Theale from Monday from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Great Western Railway between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Exeter St Davids / Taunton / Weston-super-Mare / Bristol Temple Meads / Bedwyn / Newbury and Cheltenham Spa / Reading / London Paddington

 
Train operator affected
Great Western Railway
Description

Engineering work is taking place each day between Newbury and Theale, closing some lines.

Long Distance Services:

Services between Penzance / Plymouth / Exeter St Davids Taunton / Weston-super-Mare / Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will be diverted to run on alternative routes between Reading and Westbury. Trains may depart earlier or later than usual, and journey times may be extended by up to 35 minutes.

Some services will be amended to start / terminate at different stations, and include additional stops.

An additional service - the 19:52 London Paddington to Slough, Reading, Swindon and Bristol Parkway will run.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. Buses will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central.

Local Services:

Newbury - Reading:

Until 22:00 each night, local services will run an amended service during morning and evening peak times only, with trains making an additional stop at Reading West.

An amended service will run between Theale and Reading.

Replacement buses will run throughout the day between Newbury and Reading and Theale and Bedwyn. During morning and evening peaks, replacement buses will also run between Newbury and Didcot Parkway as well as express buses between Didcot Parkway and Newbury, and also Reading and Thatcham.

After 22:00 each night, no train services will run between Newbury and Reading. Replacement buses will operate between Newbury and Reading.

Westbury - Swindon:

As long distance services are being diverted to run via Swindon and Westbury, some services will be not run, and will be replaced by road transport between Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury to replace cancelled trains.

Other Services:

Some local services between Gloucester / Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa / Westbury / Salisbury / Frome / Castle Cary / Weymouth will be re-timed to depart earlier than usual.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 Great Western Railway services from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Amended Great Western Railway services from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Great Western Railway between Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads, between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / Swansea

 
Train operator affected
Great Western Railway
Description

Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Great Western Railway network, closing some lines.

As a result, the following services will be amended:

Monday to Wednesday:

22:15 London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads service will be diverted after Swindon to Bristol Parkway where it will terminate. It will not call at Chippenham, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Customers for these stations should change at Swindon for the 23:40 train service to these stations.

23:27 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads service will be diverted after Patchway to Bristol Parkway, where it will terminate. A replacement bus will run from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Filton Abbey Wood, Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill.

Monday to Thursday:

The 20:15, 21:15 and 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea services will be diverted between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, and will call at stations beyond Bridgend a few minutes later than usual.

The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. A replacement bus will run from Bristol Temple Meads to Newport and Cardiff Central.

Monday to Friday:

The 04:45 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service will start from Bristol Parkway. An earlier replacement bus will run from Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway to connect with this 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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Lewisham and Dartford via Bexleyheath from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Lewisham and Dartford via Bexleyheath from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Southeastern between London Charing Cross and Dartford

 
Train operator affected
Southeastern
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Blackheath and Dartford, closing all lines each night from Monday evening until Friday morning.

From 23:30 onwards, services between London Charing Cross / London Victoria and Dartford via Bexleyheath will be diverted to run via Sidcup. Replacement buses will run between Lewisham and Dartford via Bexleyheath.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace evening / early morning services between Cardiff Central and Bridgend from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace evening / early morning services between Cardiff Central and Bridgend from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Arriva Trains Wales between Manchester Piccadilly / Crewe / Gloucester / Cardiff Central and Maesteg / Carmarthen / Tenby

 
Train operator affected
Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Cardiff Central and Bridgend via Pontyclun each night from Monday evening until Friday morning.

Train services will be diverted to run via Barry to Bridgend, and will not call at Pontyclun, Llanharan or Pencoed. A replacement bus service will run between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, calling at these stations.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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.

 
Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Chester / Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
More information on Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Chester / Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

Arriva Trains Wales between Birmingham International / Chester and Manchester Piccadilly

 
Train operator affected
Arriva Trains Wales
Description

Engineering work is taking place overnight between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly from Monday evening until Friday morning, closing some lines.

As a result, the 21:04 (Monday to Thursday) Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly will terminate at Warrington Bank Quay. Replacement buses will run between Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 00:32 (Tuesday to Friday) Manchester Piccadilly to Chester service will not run, and will be replaced by a bus.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 / early morning East Midlands Trains services from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
More information on Amended late night / early morning East Midlands Trains services from Monday 16 until Friday 20 July
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Start date
16/07/2018 
End date
20/07/2018 
Route affected

East Midlands Trains between London St Pancras and Nottingham / Derby / Sheffield

 
Train operator affected
East Midlands Trains
Description

Engineering work is taking place between Bedford and Wellingborough, and also in the Derby station area, closing some lines.

As a result, the following services will be amended:

Monday:

05:52 London St Pancras to Sheffield service will arrive at Sheffield later than usual.

Monday to Friday:

22:20 London St Pancras to Sheffield service will arrive at Sheffield later than usual.

23:08 London St Pancras to Derby service will arrive at Derby later than usual.

Tuesday to Thursday:

20:50 Sheffield to London St Pancras service will arrive at London St Pancras later than usual.

21:29 Nottingham to London St Pancras service will arrive at London St Pancras later than usual.

21:50 London St Pancras to Derby will arrive at Derby later than usual.

22:00 London St Pancras to Nottingham service will arrive at Nottingham later than usual.

Tuesday to Friday:

05:02 and 05:19 Derby to London St Pancras services will depart Derby earlier than usual. A replacement bus will run from Derby to Leicester via Long Eaton.

Wednesday to Friday:

The 00:15 London St Pancras to Leicester service will arrive at Leicester later than usual.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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. 

 
Modernisation of Liverpool Lime Street closing the station from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 29 July
More information on Modernisation of Liverpool Lime Street closing the station from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 29 July
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Start date
02/06/2018 
End date
29/07/2018 
Route affected
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All routes to / from Liverpool Lime Street

 
Train operators affected
East Midlands TrainsLondon Northwestern RailwayMerseyrailNorthernTransPennine ExpressVirgin Trains
Description

Trains will not run to or from the main Liverpool Lime Street station from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 29 July as further upgrade work is completed as part of Liverpool Lime Street's major transformation.

(Please note the closure only affects the main Liverpool Lime Street station, the low level 'underground' station used by Merseyrail services only will remain open. Also. some Northern trains are running to / from Liverpool Lime street until Friday 13 July.)

East Midlands Trains - Trains between Norwich / Nottingham and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Customers should use Merseyrail services between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street Low Level.

London Northwestern Railway - Trains between Birmingham New Street / Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. Customers should use Merseyrail services between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Central.

Merseyrail - Liverpool Lime Street Low Level station will remain open and Merseyrail services will continue to run as normal. Please expect these services to be extremely busy.

Northern - Services that run between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street will run between Manchester Oxford Road and Hunts Cross only. Replacement buses will run between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

Services between Blackpool North / Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will start from / terminate at Huyton. Replacement buses will run between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street. 

From Monday 11 June until Friday 13 July between 06:00 and 20:00. A limited train service will operate between Wigan North Western / Blackpool North / Preston / Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street.

TransPennine Express - No trains will run between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Customers should use alternative Train Operators road / rail services between Manchester stations and Liverpool Lime Street. Some early morning / late night TransPennine Express services will be amended or cancelled.

Virgin Trains - Services between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street will start / terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, and some services will call additionally at Crewe. Customers should use Merseyrail for onward travel to / from Liverpool City Centre.

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, replacement coaches will run at the beginning and end of each day where Merseyrail connections are not available.

Images

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Check before you travel:

The journey planner is showing correctly until Sunday 29 July. You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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 weekend service between Ipswich and Felixstowe until Autumn 2019
More information on Amended weekend service between Ipswich and Felixstowe until Autumn 2019
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Start date
26/05/2018 
End date
28/09/2019 
Route affected
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Greater Anglia between Ipswich and Felixstowe

 
Train operator affected
Greater Anglia
Description

Major engineering work is taking place between Ipswich and Felixstowe, until Autumn 2019.

Most weekends, from 18:50 on Saturday, and all day on Sunday, trains will be cancelled. A replacement bus service will operate between Ipswich and Felixstowe, calling at all stations.

There will also be replacement buses running on bank holiday weekends.

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 checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

The Felixstowe branch line serves the Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the UK. Network Rail are planning to build an additional track and make changes to six level crossings in the Trimley area.

Building the additional track will help increase the capacity of the Felixstowe branch line and take lorries off the road. It will also mean more reliable journeys for passengers traveling between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

 
EVERY WEEKEND buses replace Northern trains between Manchester and Preston / Wigan Wallgate via Salford Crescent until Sunday 4 November
More information on EVERY WEEKEND buses replace Northern trains between Manchester and Preston / Wigan Wallgate via Salford Crescent until Sunday 4 November
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Start date
17/02/2018 
End date
04/11/2018 
Route affected
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Northern routes via Salford Crescent between: Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton; Manchester Piccadilly, Wigan Wallgate and Southport; Manchester Piccadilly and Preston via Bolton; Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Bolton

 
Train operator affected
Northern
Description

Major engineering work is taking place in the Salford Crescent area as part of the Great North Rail Project, closing all lines every weekend until Sunday 4 November 2018.

To allow engineers to access the railway, the routes between Manchester and Wigan Wallgate (via Salford Crescent and Atherton) and Manchester and Preston (via Salford Crescent and Bolton) will be closed every weekend with trains replaced by road transport.

Direct trains between Preston and Manchester will continue to operate via an alternative route.

Buses will run between:

  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate via Bolton / Atherton
  • Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton

Network Rail are currently working to finalise full details at which time amended timetables will be made available. We are very sorry for the short notice changes to timetables on these routes.

Check before you travel:

Trains up to and including 12 August are now correct in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner 

For journeys on weekends between 18 August and 4 November, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

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:

Continuing every weekend for the foreseeable future, Network Rail engineers will be working to complete the upgrade of the 25-mile stretch of track between Manchester and Preston via Salford Crescent to support the introduction of better trains.

The project was due to complete back in December 2017, but old mine workings, running sand and varying layers of rock have significantly hampered the installation of hundreds of steel columns needed to carry the power cables for the introduction of electric trains. New engineering solutions have been required to resolve the problems which has included using steel cylinders and filling them with concrete to deal with poor ground conditions.

 
 

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