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London Northwestern Railway - Revised timetable and social distancing advice

Incident created
19/03/2020 21:43
Last updated
09/07/2020 05:01
Route affected

Across the London Northwestern Railway network.

TOC(s) affected
London Northwestern Railway;London Underground;

London Northwestern Railway, along with the rest of the rail industry, are working to support efforts to minimise the spread of coronavirus and to keep services running for necessary travel.

Please follow the latest advice from government and public health officials and please continue to keep services clear for those who need them the most.

If it is necessary for you to travel by National Rail, you must wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), try to travel off-peak, keep a 2-metre distance from others, and carry hand sanitiser or wash your hands.

How is this affecting the train service?

London Northwestern Railway are operating a reduced timetable, the current timetable can be downloaded here.

Please note that trains on the following routes are suspended until further notice:

  • Between Bedford and Bletchley - road transport is in operation
  • Between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction - road transport is in operation and customers may also use Arriva Bus route 321


If you have any feedback on the alternative service being provided for the Marston Vale and Abbey Lines, please complete this online form giving details of your journey, your place of work and your working hours. This will help London Northwestern Railway to understand whether an alternative solution can be found.

All train services have been declassified to aid social distancing.

Social distancing measures will effectively cut the number of people allowed on London Northwestern Railway trains by up to 90 per cent – carriages will be full with around 15 to 20 people on board. If the train is full, you will have to wait for the next available train with space on board.

Passengers should purchase tickets online where possible and travel at quieter times (between 10:00 and 15:00 and after 18:00), and we urge those who must travel to be considerate of other travellers and staff.

Where can I find more information?

More information, including a Q&A and refund details can be found on our Coronavirus page.

For the latest Coronavirus guidance from the NHS, go to

Check before you travel:
You are advised to check your journey up to and including Friday 17 July using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.

If you are travelling from Saturday 18 July onwards, please check back nearer the time.

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