Travel Updates

 

August Bank Holiday Travel Summary 2021

Welcome to the National Rail Enquiries travel advice summary for the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 August.

Travel with confidence - rail companies are working closely with the Government to keep vital services moving and making sure you can travel safely. If you are travelling please follow the latest government guidance and the measures set out when travelling by train.

Major engineering work will be taking place during the holiday period, affecting certain routes. Network Rail carry out essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network during this time as far fewer people usually travel by train.

Some train companies will also be making changes to their timetable, and to some train times, to match services to the number of customers travelling.

Depending on how progress is made on the Coronavirus Roadmap, the continuing impact of the pandemic may affect your journey plans for August, here's a link to our latest Coronavirus Travel Advice.

Major improvement work on your railway

Details of the major engineering work projects taking place during the August bank holiday weekend will be published here.

You will also be able to find details of all the engineering work that is taking place here.

Engineering work and timetables

Normally, the timetable for any particular day is confirmed 12 weeks in advance. For a temporary period Network Rail isn’t able to do this, instead confirming engineering work and timetables much closer to the date of travel. This means that for some routes online journey planners, including National Rail Enquiries, may not be completely accurate until a few days before you travel.

Where we are aware that the timetable is not yet correct, the National Rail Enquiries journey planner will show a yellow warning triangle against the trains concerned - please check back nearer to your travel date.

For details of engineering works, and their possible impact on your journey, please continue to check here.

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Please select your train operating company from the list below:

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

c2c

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Basildon Line

Trains will be diverted to start from, and terminate at London Fenchurch Street, calling at West Ham and Limehouse. This due to engineering work. You can travel to and from Stratford using the London Underground Jubilee Line between West Ham and Stratford.

Ockendon Line

Buses will replace trains between Grays and Pitsea via Tilbury. This is due to overhead line maintenance.

Rainham Line

Buses will replace trains between Upminster and Grays via Rainham. This is due to Barking Riverside Project engineering work.

Monday 30 August

Basildon Line

Reduced bank holiday service.

Ockendon Line

Buses will replace trains between Grays and Pitsea via Tilbury. This is due to overhead line maintenance.

Rainham Line

Buses will replace trains between Upminster and Grays via Rainham. This is due to Barking Riverside Project engineering work.

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Saturday 28 August

There is no sleeper service on Saturday nights.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Chiltern Railways

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

CrossCountry

 

Saturday 28 August

Due to engineering work between Birmingham New Street and Water Orton, the following changes will apply:

Birmingham New Street - North East England / Scotland:

Trains will be diverted and will not call at Tamworth. Buses will run between Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent to connect with the diverted trains. Your journey time may be extended by up to 30 minutes.

Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street - Nottingham:

Trains will run between Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street, and between Coleshill Parkway and Nottingham. Buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill Parkway.

Birmingham New Street - Leicester / Stansted Airport:

Trains will run between Coleshill Parkway and Leicester / Stansted Airport. Buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill Parkway.

Sunday 29 August

Due to engineering work between Birmingham New Street and Water Orton, the following changes will apply:

Birmingham New Street - North East England / Scotland:

Trains will be diverted and will not call at Tamworth. Buses will run between Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent to connect with the diverted trains. Your journey time may be extended by up to 30 minutes.

Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street - Nottingham:

Trains will run between Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street, and between Derby and Nottingham only.

Birmingham New Street - Leicester / Stansted Airport:

Trains will run between Nuneaton and Leicester / Stansted Airport. Buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Nuneaton.

Due to engineering work between Coventry and Birmingham International, and between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield, the following changes will apply:

Bournemouth / Reading - Manchester Piccadilly:

Trains will be diverted and will not call at Coventry or Birmingham International. Buses will run between Leamington Spa, Coventry and Birmingham International to connect with the diverted trains at Leamington Spa.

Trains will also be diverted, and will not call at Stoke-on-Trent or Macclesfield. Buses will run between Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield to connect with the diverted trains at Stafford.

Monday 30 August

Due to engineering work between Birmingham New Street and Water Orton, the following changes will apply:

Birmingham New Street - North East England / Scotland:

Trains will be diverted and will not call at Tamworth. Buses will run between Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent to connect with the diverted trains. Your journey time may be extended by up to 30 minutes.

Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street - Nottingham:

Trains will run between Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street, and between Coleshill Parkway and Nottingham. Buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill Parkway.

Birmingham New Street - Leicester / Stansted Airport:

Trains will run between Coleshill Parkway and Leicester / Stansted Airport. Buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill Parkway.

East Midlands Railway

 

Saturday 28 August

Due to major engineering work between Luton and London St Pancras International, there will be no trains between Luton and London St Pancras International. Replacement buses will operate, more details will be published when known.

Sunday 29 August

Due to major engineering work between Luton and London St Pancras International, there will be no trains between Luton and London St Pancras International. Replacement buses will operate, more details will be published when known.

Monday 30 August

Due to major engineering work between Luton and London St Pancras International, there will be no trains between Luton and London St Pancras International. Replacement buses will operate, more details will be published when known.

Gatwick Express

 

At the time of writing, Gatwick Express services are suspended due to Coronavirus. Please check back nearer to the bank holiday weekend.

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Grand Central

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Due to engineering work between Doncaster and Bradford Interchange, no trains will call at Pontefract Monkhill.

Great Northern

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Great Western Railway

 

Train services at Bristol Temple Meads, and in the Bristol area, are subject to changes this summer as Network Rail replace a major junction. Details of changes to Great Western Railway services from 10 July to 3 September 2021 (which includes the bank holiday weekend) can be found on their website here.

Saturday 28 August

Due to major engineering work in the Bristol Temple Meads area, the following changes apply:

  • London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads: trains will either be replaced by buses between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, or will be diverted after Swindon via Bristol Parkway.
  • Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour: trains may depart earlier from Cardiff Central and Newport, and will call at Bristol Parkway instead of Bristol Temple Meads
  • Gloucester - Weymouth: trains are not calling at Bristol Temple Meads
  • Buses will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (direct), and between Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, Oldfield Park and Bath Spa.

Due to late night engineering work between Hayes & Harlington and Maidenhead:

  • 23:28 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at Burnham or Taplow.
  • 23:45 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough, and will not call at Burnham or Taplow.
  • Burnham and Taplow customers can travel via Slough using connecting buses. 

Sunday 29 August

Due to major engineering work in the Bristol Temple Meads area, the following changes apply:

  • London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads: trains will either be replaced by buses between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, or will be diverted after Swindon via Bristol Parkway.
  • Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour: trains may depart earlier from Cardiff Central and Newport, and will call at Bristol Parkway instead of Bristol Temple Meads
  • Bristol Temple Meads - Weymouth: most trains will run between Westbury and Weymouth only.
  • Buses will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (direct), and between Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, Oldfield Park and Bath Spa.

Due to very early morning engineering work between Maidenhead and Bourne End:

00:12 (Sunday) Marlow to Maidenhead service will terminate at Bourne End. A replacement bus will run from Bourne End to Maidenhead, calling at all stations.

Due to early morning engineering work between Reading and Newbury:

  • 08:10 Reading to Newbury will not run. An earlier replacement bus will run from Reading at 07:40 to Newbury (calling at all stations except Newbury Racecourse)
  • 08:34 Reading to Bedwyn service will be amended to start at 08:50, and will terminate at Newbury. A replacement bus will run from Newbury to Bedwyn
  • 09:27 Bedwyn to Reading service will start from Newbury. An earlier replacement bus will run from Bedwyn at 08:41 to Hungerford, Kintbury and Newbury, connecting with the train.

Due to early morning engineering work between Reading and Reading West:

  • 07:38 and 08:38 Reading to Basingstoke services will be cancelled. A replacement bus will depart Reading at 07:38.
  • 08:07 and 09:07 Basingstoke to Reading services will be cancelled. A replacement bus will depart Basingstoke at 08:07.

Due to late night engineering work between Hayes & Harlington and Maidenhead:

  • 23:27 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will not call at Burnham.
  • 23:53 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Burnham.
  • 23:54 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at Burnham.
  • Burnham customers can travel via Slough using connecting buses. 

Due to late night engineering work between Reading and Didcot Parkway:

  • 22:24 and 23:27 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway services will not call at Pangbourne
  • 22:45 and 23:53 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington services will not call at Pangbourne
  • Buses will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne to provide connections.

Monday 30 August

Due to major engineering work in the Bristol Temple Meads area, the following changes apply:

  • London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads: trains will either be replaced by buses between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, or will be diverted after Swindon via Bristol Parkway.
  • Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour: trains may depart earlier from Cardiff Central and Newport, and will call at Bristol Parkway instead of Bristol Temple Meads
  • Gloucester - Weymouth: trains are not calling at Bristol Temple Meads
  • Buses will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (direct), between Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, Oldfield Park and Bath Spa, and between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads.

Due to late night engineering work between Neath and Swansea, the 21:48 and 22:48 London Paddington to Swansea services will be replaced by buses between Neath and Swansea.

Due to late night engineering work between Reading and Maidenhead:

  • 23:50 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at Burnham or Taplow.
  • 22:52 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Burnham or Taplow.
  • Burnham and Taplow customers can travel via Slough using connecting buses. 

Greater Anglia

 

Saturday 28 August

No engineering work has yet been announced.

Sunday 29 August

Buses will replace trains between Ely and Bury St Edmunds. This is due to work taking place at Soham where a new station is being constructed.

Due to engineering work between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, trains using these lines will depart London Liverpool Street up to 10 minutes earlier than usual.

Monday 30 August

A Saturday-style service will operate on all routes to and from London Liverpool Street.

Buses will replace trains between Ely and Bury St Edmunds. This is due to work taking place at Soham where a new station is being constructed.

Heathrow Express

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Hull Trains

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Island Line

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

 

Saturday 28 August

Due to late night engineering work between Grantham and Newark North Gate, the following changes apply:

  • 19:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross is cancelled
  • 20:30 London Kings Cross to Leeds is cancelled
  • 21:00 London Kings Cross to Newcastle service will be retimed to depart London Kings Cross earlier than usual, and will be diverted between Grantham and Newark extending journey times
  • 22:00 London Kings Cross to Leeds service will be retimed to depart London Kings Cross earlier than usual, and will be diverted between Grantham and Newark extending journey times.

 

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

London Northwestern Railway

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

London Overground

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Merseyrail

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Northern

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

ScotRail

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

South Western Railway

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Southeastern

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Southern

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Stansted Express

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

TfL Rail

 

Saturday 28 August

No engineering work is planned.

Sunday 29 August

No engineering work is planned.

Monday 30 August

Saturday level of service will operate.

Thameslink

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Transport for Wales

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

West Midlands Railway

 

Saturday 28 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Sunday 29 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

Monday 30 August

Travel advice will be published here when confirmed.

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