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    Major improvement work affecting South West Trains until Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains, Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All South West Trains routes

    Description

    Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

    Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

    • Severe disruption
    • Extremely busy trains
    • Queues at many stations
    • Some journey times will be extended.

    The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

    • Chessington South
    • Chessington North
    • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
    • Malden Manor
    • Norbiton
    • Queenstown Road
    • Tolworth
    • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

    For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South West Trains website.

    If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

    • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
    • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
    • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
    • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
    • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
    • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
    • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

    August Bank Holiday weekend

    From Friday 25 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run right across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

    There will be changes to your journeys but South West Trains and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

    • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
    • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
    • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
       

    Customer Advice:

    • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
    • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
    • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

     

    Because fewer South West Trains will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

    Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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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    Buses replace trains between Ely and Peterborough until at least the end of service on Sunday 20 August

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street

    East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

    Greater Anglia between Colchester / Ipswich and Peterborough

    Description

    A number of wagons on a freight train near to Ely have derailed. Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which will require lifting away by crane. The track is also damaged and will need to be replaced before services can run again between Ely and Peterborough.

    Until the line reopens, buses will operate between Ely and Peterborough. Buses will also operate between Ely and Bury St Edmunds.

    An initial estimate from Network Rail is for the line to reopen on Monday 21 August. This date is subject to change and you are advised to check before travelling.

    Advice for Greater Anglia customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough.

    A rail replacement bus service will operate between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough. One bus will run direct between the two stations and the other will also stop at Ely, March and Whittlesea. The final bus from Peterborough will also continue on from Bury St Edmunds and terminate at Colchester, stopping at Stowmarket, Ipswich and Manningtree.

    The rail replacement bus timetable for Wednesday 16 August onwards can be viewed here. These buses will be operated by Panther Coaches and Young's Coaches.

    Customers at Manea are advised to use the help point to arrange onward transport; this is due to road access issues for the double decker buses.

    Customers wishing to travel to Ely can use Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Cambridge, and Norwich and Cambridge.

    Customers travelling between Ipswich and Peterborough, and beyond, may travel via London Liverpool Street. Your tickets will be accepted on the following services on any reasonable route:

    • London Underground
    • Hull Trains to and from London Kings Cross
    • Virgin Trains to and from London Euston
    • Virgin Trains East Coast to and from London Kings Cross
    • Great Northern to and from London Kings Cross
    • East Midlands Trains from London St Pancras International

    Greater Anglia services between Norwich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Cambridge, are mostly unaffected; however, some services may need to be altered or cancelled at short notice.

    Advice for CrossCountry customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Ely and March. 

    Rail Replacement buses will run between Ely and Peterborough in both directions, one direct bus and one stopping service, will operate each hour.

    Some early morning train services will be extended beyond Peterborough to start at March instead, calling additionally at Whittlesea (in replacement of Greater Anglia services). When this happens, the rail replacement buses will only run between March and Ely.

    The amended service timetables, for CrossCountry trains and rail replacement buses, can be viewed by clicking the links below:

     

    Customers from Manea are advised to use the help point at the station to arrange onward travel. Customers to Manea are advised to speak to a member of staff to help you complete your journey. 

    Restriction have been lifted on all advance tickets providing you travel on the date specified on your ticket.

    CrossCountry recommends that customers travelling between Birmingham New Street / Nuneaton / Peterborough and Cambridge / Stansted Airport travel via London. To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on the following services:

    • Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill
    • East Midlands Trains on any reasonable route
    • Greater Anglia on any reasonable route
    • Great Northern on any reasonable route
    • London Midland between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
    • Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
    • Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Peterborough
    • London Underground on any reasonable route

    Service alterations for Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August will be released by Friday evening. Until this time, searches through Journey Planners may be incorrect.

     

     

    Advice for East Midlands Trains customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Ely and Peterborough.

    A reduced train shuttle service will run between Norwich and Ely.

    A rail replacement bus service will operate between Ely and Peterborough. Two buses will run from Peterborough to Ely at 30 minutes past each hour, with one going directly to Ely and one calling at March. Two buses will run from Ely to Peterborough every hour, with one going directly to Peterborough and one calling at March.

    East Midlands Trains amended timetable, for trains and rail replacement buses for Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August, can be viewed by clicking here.

    Advance purchase tickets may be used on other trains, than booked on the affected route.

    To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on the following services:

    • Alternative East Midlands Trains to and from London St Pancras International
    • CrossCountry on all reasonable routes
    • Greater Anglia services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street / Ely
    • Great Northern services via London Kings Cross
    • Hull Trains via London Kings Cross on all reasonable routes
    • TransPennine Express on all reasonable routes
    • Virgin Trains via London Euston on all reasonable routes
    • Virgin Trains East Coast via London Kings Cross on all reasonable routes
    • London Underground between London terminals if you are diverting via London


    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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.

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    Disruption to and from London Waterloo expected until end of service

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains

    Routes affected

    Trains between Windsor & Eton Riverside / Hounslow / Shepperton / Basingstoke / Staines / Weybridge / Reading / Kingston / Twickenham / Woking and London Waterloo

    Description

    On Tuesday 15 August a passenger train partially derailed at low speed at London Waterloo. As a result of this, trains to and from London Waterloo may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised.

    Disruption is expected to continue until end of service.

    What's going on?

    Following a low-speed partial derailment on Tuesday, South West Trains are unable to use platform 13 at London Waterloo. Engineers attempted repairs overnight but were unable to complete them without causing significant disruption to morning services. As a result, the work to bring the platform back into use will take place overnight on Thursday 17 August.

    These issues are in addition to the planned upgrade works which mean that platforms 1 to 10 are unavailable.

    How will this affect my journey?

    South West Trains are planning to run our timetabled service with the following alterations:

    16:22 London Waterloo to Basingstoke will start from Clapham Junction at 16:29.
    16:44 London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour will start from Clapham Junction at 16:50.
    17:02 London Waterloo to Hampton Court will start from Wimbledon at 17:23.
    17:44 London Waterloo to Fratton will start from Clapham Junction at 17:50.
    17:52 London Waterloo to Alton will start from Surbiton at 18:12.
    18:25 London Waterloo to Basingstoke will start from Surbiton at 18:55.
    16:39 Southampton Central to London Waterloo will terminate at Woking.
    18:38 London Waterloo to Southampton Central will start at Woking at 19:07.

    In order to mitigate the delays and congestion around London Waterloo, some short-notice alterations to services will continue to be necessary

    Customer advice: 
    If you were unable to use your train ticket dated 15 or 16 August, you may use it to travel today (Thursday 17 August). Please note, normal peak time restrictions apply.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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 Norwood Junction expected until 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes through Norwood Junction

    Description

    Following a road vehicle colliding with a bridge at Norwood Junction all lines have now reopened.

    Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 17:00.

    Customer Advise:
    A vehicle struck a railway bridge at Norwood Junction earlier this afternoon. All trains in the area were at a stand for 15 minutes whilst preliminarily investigation was carried out.

    Network Rail, who own and maintain the bridges on our network, have attended and deemed it safe for the trains to run at normal speed.

    Advise for Southern & Thameslink customer:

    Some services may be altered at short notice in order to get trains running back to timetable.

    There is mutual ticket acceptance on Southern and Thameslink railway.

    London Overground are no longer affected by this disruption.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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 East Croydon expected until 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes through East Croydon

    Description

    Following a passenger being taken ill on a train earlier today at East Croydon all lines are now open.

    Impact:
    Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes. Disruption is expected until 17:00 17/08.

    Customer Advice:

    Following a passenger being taken ill on board the 14:00 London Victoria to Brighton train at East Croydon, all lines are now open.

    Emergency services have now removed the passenger. This incident has resulted in the termination of the 14:00 London Victoria to Brighton service, and other delays or short notice cancellations may also occur.

    For further information, please listen out for station announcements, speak to a member of staff or press the help point located on platforms.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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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    Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Southern routes to / from London Victoria

    Thameslink routes through London

    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South West Trains service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

    Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
    There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

    Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
    With the significant reduction in South West Trains services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

    • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
    • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
    • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

     

    All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

    Clapham Junction station
    It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

    You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South West Trains services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South West Trains services.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
    Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South West Trains services away from London or for London Overground services
    Services on all South West Trains routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
    To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

    Plan ahead and check back before you travel

    You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

     

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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 between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South until approximately 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Northern

    Routes affected

    All routes to and from Blackpool North / Blackpool South

    Description

    The signalling problem at Kirkham & Wesham has been rectified, allowing all lines to reopen between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South.

    As trains return to normal, some services may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled. . Disruption is expected to continue until 17:00.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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 between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove expected until 18:00

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove

    Description

    A signalling problem at Kings Norton is causing disruption to trains between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove. Some Longbridge lines have now reopened.

    Trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes.

    Disruption is expected to continue until 18:00.

    Advice for London Midland Customers:

    Road transport will be sourced to shuttle between Longbridge and Redditch, calling at intermediate stations.

    You may also use National Express West Midlands between Lichfield Trant Valley and Redditch.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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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    Planned changes to train times

    There are currently no updates.

    Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    All routes via London Bridge

    Description

    As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

    Long term changes

    Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.

    Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

    More information about the August changes is available here which includes travel advice. Information about changes over the Christmas and New Year period will be made available in the autumn.

    Further information


    Travelling at the weekend

    Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

    On some weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, London Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

    During periods of time when London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For full details visit Southeastern. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

    Longer term changes

    Thameslink services which run through central London will not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

    Southeastern

    Until January 2018

    Most trains to and from London Charing Cross are able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)

    Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.

    During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.

    Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (until Friday 26 August)

    Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:02 and 09:09

    Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:25 and 18:46

    Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (from Monday 4 September)

    Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:09 and 08:26

    Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:52 and 17:57

    During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below

    For a full list of major service changes visit key dates and service changes.

    Planning your Journey

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

    Alternative routes and travel advice

    The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as detailed below:

    • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes
    • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination

    Please note: Different arrangements apply between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. For more information on alternative routes and travel advice during this period, please visit this page

    If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

    The accepted routes are:

    • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
    • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
    • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
    • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
    • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
    • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
    • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
    • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
    • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

    Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant & Castle or London Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here.

    Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to London Charing Cross or London Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo / Southwark.

    South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at London Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here.

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    Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

    Train companies affected

    Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes via London Bridge

    Description

    As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

    Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

    See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

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    Amended South West Trains service from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains

    Routes affected

    All South West Trains routes

    Description

    Information about this improvement work can now be found here

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    Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Southern routes to / from London Victoria

    Thameslink routes through London

    Description

    Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South West Trains service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

    Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

    There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

    Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

    With the significant reduction in South West Trains services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

    •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
    •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
    •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


    All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

    Clapham Junction station

    It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

    You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South West Trains services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South West Trains services.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

    Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South West Trains services away from London or for London Overground services

    Services on all South West Trains routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

    To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

    Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

    There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

    Plan ahead and check back before you travel

    We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

    Amended service between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate / Bolton from Saturday 12 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Northern

    Routes affected

    Between Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria / Hazel Grove and Preston / Blackpool North / Southport / Kirkby / Wigan / Clitheroe

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Wigan / Leyland / Bolton, closing the lines between Salford Crescent and Leyland / Bolton from Saturday to Friday. The line between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate via Atherton will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday - Friday

    Trains between Manchester Airport and Preston / Blackpool North will be diverted via Wigan North Western, not calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston, calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. You will be able to travel between Preston and Blackpool North on alternative train services.

    Buses will also replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton and Chorley.

    All days except Sunday

    Hazel Grove - Preston / Blackpool North

    Trains will run between Hazel Grove and Manchester Oxford Road only. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston to connect with trains to / from Blackpool.

    Saturday and Sunday

    Stalybridge / Manchester Victoria - Southport / Kirkby / Wigan Wallgate


    Trains will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria only. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan via both Bolton and Atherton to connect with train services between Wigan and Southport / Kirkby.

     

    Manchester Airport / Stockport - Southport

    Trains will be diverted via Eccles. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan Wallgate to connect with trains to / from Southport.

    Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

    Trains will not run on the usual route via Bolton. Instead, services between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Todmorden will be diverted to / from Clitheroe.

    Monday - Friday

    Manchester Airport - Southport

    Trains will be diverted via Atherton, buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton to connect with these services. Buses will also run between Daisy Hill and Westhoughton during peak times.

    Manchester Victoria - Wigan Wallgate via Bolton

    Trains will not run. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Hindley to connect with alternative trains to / from Wigan.

    Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

    Trains will run between Bolton and Clitheroe only. Buses will replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    CANCELLED - Engineering work between Dover and Ramsgate from Sunday 13 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    The London St Pancras International circular

    Description

    The engineering work scheduled to take place between Dover Priory and Ramsgate  has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route.

    Check before you travel:

    The Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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    Buses replace trains between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley

    Description

    Engineering work is being carried out between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley, closing all lines. Overhead wires are being installed between these stations to enable London Midland to run electric trains on the full route between Birmingham and Rugeley. You can find more information on this here.

    Train services between Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley will run between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway only.

    A bus service will run between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    From Wolverhampton to London Euston

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Northampton and Wolverton, closing the line.

    The 22:45 Wolverhampton to London Euston service will not call at Northampton. A bus will run at 23:50 from Rugby to Northampton, calling at Long Buckby.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Arriva Trains Wales services from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Arriva Trains Wales

    Routes affected

    Various Arriva Trains Wales routes

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Arriva Trains Wales network. The following services will be amended:

    The 21:04 Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly.

    The 19:30 Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen service will be diverted via Barry, not calling at stations between Cardiff Central and Bridgend. A bus will run from Cardiff Central to Bridgend, calling at Pontyclun, Llanharan and Pencoed.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Northern Rail services from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Northern

    Routes affected

    Various Northern routes

    Description

    Over night engineering work is taking place between Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme and also between Patricroft and Edge Hill. The following services will be amended:

    The 23:09 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus.

    The 23:13 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel or Levenshulme. A bus will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at these stations.

    The 23:19 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by a bus

    The 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme or Handforth. A bus will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe, calling at these stations to set down only.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Lewes and Eastbourne from 22:15 until the end of service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southern

    Routes affected

    Between London Victoria / Brighton / Haywards Heath and Ore / Eastbourne

    Description

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Lewes and Hampden Park, closing the line.

    From 22:15 until the end of service each night, buses will replace trains between Lewes and Eastbourne.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Shenfield and Wickford after 22:15 each night from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Greater Anglia

    Routes affected

    Between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster

    Description

    Work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Shenfield and Wickford from 22:15 each night, closing all lines.

    After 22:15, buses will replace trains between Shenfield and Wickford.

    The last train services to run between Shenfield and Wickford will be the 21:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria and the 21:30 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street.

    The 00:15 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services will not run. If you are travelling to Southend you should travel on the 00:18 or 00:50 service from London Liverpool Street to Colchester and change at Shenfield for a replacement bus service.

    The 22:56 Southminster to London Liverpool Street and 23:00 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street services will be retimed and replaced by buses between Wickford and London Liverpool Street.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

     

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    Buses replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn / Newbury from 21:30 each night from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Great Western Railway

    Routes affected

    Between London Paddington and Penzance

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Reading and Bedwyn / Newbury, closing the line.

    From approximately 21:30 until the end of service each night, buses will replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn / Newbury.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    Amended 22:07 London Victoria to Dover Priory Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    22:07 London Victoria to Dover Priory

    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Faversham and Buckland Jcn, closing some lines.

    The 22:07 London Victoria to Dover Priory will terminate at Faversham.

    Additional buses will be provided, the 23:34 for Canterbury East and Dover Priory only and the 23:35 calling all stations to Dover Priory.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Lewisham and Hayes from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    Between London Charing Cross and Hayes

    Description

    From 23:00 to 03:00 each night, Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Lewisham and Hayes, closing all lines.

    Customer Advice:

    Buses will replace trains between Lewisham and Hayes.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Great Western Railway

    Routes affected

    Various Great Western Railway routes

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations across the Great Western Railway network. The following services will be amended:

    Monday

    The 04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Tilehurst and will not call at Pangbourne. A bus will run from Pangbourne to Tilehurst at 04:20 to connect with the train. A bus service will also run from Tilehurst to Pangbourne.

    Monday - Wednesday

    The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be replaced by a bus between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central.

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

    Monday - Thursday

    From approximately 21:30 until the end of service each night, buses will replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn.

    The 21:15 and 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea services will be diverted between Cardiff Central and Bridgend. These services will arrive at Bridgend and Swansea approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 04:47 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service will depart slightly later than usual and will not call at Bristol Parkway. A bus will run from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads.

    The 05:12 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads service will be retimed to run slightly later than usual.

    Check before you travel:

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

    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.

     

     

    No trains to and from London Fenchurch Street from 22:40 until the end of service each night from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    c2c

    Routes affected

    Between Shoeburyness, Grays, Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Barking and London Fenchurch Street after 22:40 each night, closing the lines.

    From approximately 22:40 until the end of service, trains will not run to or from London Fenchurch Street.

    Services will be diverted to / from London Liverpool Street.

    Trains that usually run between Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street via Ockenden will be amended to run between Grays and Upminster only.

    To complete your journey to / from London Fenchurch Street, you may use:

    • London Underground District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill
    • London Underground Jubilee Line services between Stratford and West Ham
    • Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Tower Gateway

     

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

    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.

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    Buses replace trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton from 23:00 until the end of service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between London Euston and Northampton

    Description

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Bletchley and Northampton, closing the line.

    From approximately 23:00 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    Amended Southeastern services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    Various Southeastern routes

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Southeastern network. The following services will be amended:

    Monday - Thursday

    The 22:07 London Victoria to Dover Priory service will terminate at Faversham. Two buses will run from Faversham to Dover Priory, one will call at all stations and one will call at Canterbury East only.

    The 23:02 and 23:32 London Charing Cross to Hayes services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Hayes

    The 23:40 London Cannon Street to Dartford via Sidcup and the 23:53 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes service will be replaced by a bus between Lewisham and Hayes.

    The 00:10 and 00:40 London Cannon Street to Dartford via Sidcup services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    The 00:23 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup service will be replaced by a bus from Lewisham calling all stations to Dartford via Sidcup.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup from 23:30 until the end of service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    Between London Cannon Street / London Charing Cross and Dartford via Sidcup and London Cannon Street circular services

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Hither Green and Crayford, closing the line.

    From approximately 23:30 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    The 22:47 London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street service will terminate at Slade Green. A bus will run from Slade Green to London Cannon Street, calling at all stations via Sidcup.

    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

    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.

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    CANCELLED: Overnight engineering work between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North from 23:50 until the end of service from Monday 14 until Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Great Northern

    Routes affected

    Between London Kings Cross / Moorgate and Royston / Letchworth Garden City

    Description

    The engineering work scheduled to take place between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route.

    Check before you travel:

    he Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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    Amended TransPennine Express services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    TransPennine Express

    Routes affected

    Various TransPennine Express routes

    Description

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield. The following services will be amended:

    Monday - Thursday

    The 23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will be diverted via an alternative route between Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield, not calling at Manchester Victoria. The train will leave Manchester Piccadilly later than usual, however, because the diversionary route is shorter, it will run earlier than usual from Huddersfield onwards.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will be retimed to leave Manchester Piccadilly later than usual and call additionally at Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

    The 04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will be retimed to run later than usual from both Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 overnight Thameslink services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Between Bedford and Brighton

    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Wivelsfield and Preston Park, closing some lines.

    Monday to Thursday

    The 23:40 Bedford to Brighton service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Three Bridges to Brighton

    Tuesday to Friday

    The 04:15 Brighton to Bedford service will start from Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Brighton to Bedford.

    Wednesday and Thursday

    The 21:52 Bedford to Brighton service will not call at Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Preston Park. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Haywards Heath to Brighton calling at all stations.

    The 22:22 Bedford to Brighton service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Three Bridges to Brighton.

    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.

    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 00:18 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Colchester services from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Greater Anglia

    Routes affected

    From London Liverpool Street to Colchester

    Description

    Track work is taking place between Witham and Ipswich, closing the lines.

    The 00:18 and 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Colchester services will be replaced by buses between Witham and Colchester.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services from Monday 14 until Thursday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    From London Euston to Wolverhampton

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, closing the line.

    The 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will be diverted between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, arriving at Wolverhampton approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    Major improvement work affecting South West Trains until Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains, Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All South West Trains routes

    Description

    Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

    Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

    • Severe disruption
    • Extremely busy trains
    • Queues at many stations
    • Some journey times will be extended.

    The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

    • Chessington South
    • Chessington North
    • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
    • Malden Manor
    • Norbiton
    • Queenstown Road
    • Tolworth
    • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

    For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South West Trains website.

    If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

    • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
    • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
    • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
    • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
    • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
    • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
    • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

    August Bank Holiday weekend

    From Friday 25 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run right across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

    There will be changes to your journeys but South West Trains and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

    • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
    • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
    • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
       

    Customer Advice:

    • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
    • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
    • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

     

    Because fewer South West Trains will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

    Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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    Buses replace trains between Ely and Peterborough until at least the end of service on Sunday 20 August

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia

    Routes affected

    CrossCountry between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street

    East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

    Greater Anglia between Colchester / Ipswich and Peterborough

    Description

    A number of wagons on a freight train near to Ely have derailed. Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which will require lifting away by crane. The track is also damaged and will need to be replaced before services can run again between Ely and Peterborough.

    Until the line reopens, buses will operate between Ely and Peterborough. Buses will also operate between Ely and Bury St Edmunds.

    An initial estimate from Network Rail is for the line to reopen on Monday 21 August. This date is subject to change and you are advised to check before travelling.

    Advice for Greater Anglia customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough.

    A rail replacement bus service will operate between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough. One bus will run direct between the two stations and the other will also stop at Ely, March and Whittlesea. The final bus from Peterborough will also continue on from Bury St Edmunds and terminate at Colchester, stopping at Stowmarket, Ipswich and Manningtree.

    The rail replacement bus timetable for Wednesday 16 August onwards can be viewed here. These buses will be operated by Panther Coaches and Young's Coaches.

    Customers at Manea are advised to use the help point to arrange onward transport; this is due to road access issues for the double decker buses.

    Customers wishing to travel to Ely can use Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Cambridge, and Norwich and Cambridge.

    Customers travelling between Ipswich and Peterborough, and beyond, may travel via London Liverpool Street. Your tickets will be accepted on the following services on any reasonable route:

    • London Underground
    • Hull Trains to and from London Kings Cross
    • Virgin Trains to and from London Euston
    • Virgin Trains East Coast to and from London Kings Cross
    • Great Northern to and from London Kings Cross
    • East Midlands Trains from London St Pancras International

    Greater Anglia services between Norwich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Cambridge, are mostly unaffected; however, some services may need to be altered or cancelled at short notice.

    Advice for CrossCountry customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Ely and March. 

    Rail Replacement buses will run between Ely and Peterborough in both directions, one direct bus and one stopping service, will operate each hour.

    Some early morning train services will be extended beyond Peterborough to start at March instead, calling additionally at Whittlesea (in replacement of Greater Anglia services). When this happens, the rail replacement buses will only run between March and Ely.

    The amended service timetables, for CrossCountry trains and rail replacement buses, can be viewed by clicking the links below:

     

    Customers from Manea are advised to use the help point at the station to arrange onward travel. Customers to Manea are advised to speak to a member of staff to help you complete your journey. 

    Restriction have been lifted on all advance tickets providing you travel on the date specified on your ticket.

    CrossCountry recommends that customers travelling between Birmingham New Street / Nuneaton / Peterborough and Cambridge / Stansted Airport travel via London. To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on the following services:

    • Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill
    • East Midlands Trains on any reasonable route
    • Greater Anglia on any reasonable route
    • Great Northern on any reasonable route
    • London Midland between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
    • Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
    • Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Peterborough
    • London Underground on any reasonable route

    Service alterations for Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August will be released by Friday evening. Until this time, searches through Journey Planners may be incorrect.

     

     

    Advice for East Midlands Trains customers:
    Trains are unable to run between Ely and Peterborough.

    A reduced train shuttle service will run between Norwich and Ely.

    A rail replacement bus service will operate between Ely and Peterborough. Two buses will run from Peterborough to Ely at 30 minutes past each hour, with one going directly to Ely and one calling at March. Two buses will run from Ely to Peterborough every hour, with one going directly to Peterborough and one calling at March.

    East Midlands Trains amended timetable, for trains and rail replacement buses for Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August, can be viewed by clicking here.

    Advance purchase tickets may be used on other trains, than booked on the affected route.

    To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on the following services:

    • Alternative East Midlands Trains to and from London St Pancras International
    • CrossCountry on all reasonable routes
    • Greater Anglia services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street / Ely
    • Great Northern services via London Kings Cross
    • Hull Trains via London Kings Cross on all reasonable routes
    • TransPennine Express on all reasonable routes
    • Virgin Trains via London Euston on all reasonable routes
    • Virgin Trains East Coast via London Kings Cross on all reasonable routes
    • London Underground between London terminals if you are diverting via London


    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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    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.

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    Disruption to and from London Waterloo expected until end of service

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains

    Routes affected

    Trains between Windsor & Eton Riverside / Hounslow / Shepperton / Basingstoke / Staines / Weybridge / Reading / Kingston / Twickenham / Woking and London Waterloo

    Description

    On Tuesday 15 August a passenger train partially derailed at low speed at London Waterloo. As a result of this, trains to and from London Waterloo may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised.

    Disruption is expected to continue until end of service.

    What's going on?

    Following a low-speed partial derailment on Tuesday, South West Trains are unable to use platform 13 at London Waterloo. Engineers attempted repairs overnight but were unable to complete them without causing significant disruption to morning services. As a result, the work to bring the platform back into use will take place overnight on Thursday 17 August.

    These issues are in addition to the planned upgrade works which mean that platforms 1 to 10 are unavailable.

    How will this affect my journey?

    South West Trains are planning to run our timetabled service with the following alterations:

    16:22 London Waterloo to Basingstoke will start from Clapham Junction at 16:29.
    16:44 London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour will start from Clapham Junction at 16:50.
    17:02 London Waterloo to Hampton Court will start from Wimbledon at 17:23.
    17:44 London Waterloo to Fratton will start from Clapham Junction at 17:50.
    17:52 London Waterloo to Alton will start from Surbiton at 18:12.
    18:25 London Waterloo to Basingstoke will start from Surbiton at 18:55.
    16:39 Southampton Central to London Waterloo will terminate at Woking.
    18:38 London Waterloo to Southampton Central will start at Woking at 19:07.

    In order to mitigate the delays and congestion around London Waterloo, some short-notice alterations to services will continue to be necessary

    Customer advice: 
    If you were unable to use your train ticket dated 15 or 16 August, you may use it to travel today (Thursday 17 August). Please note, normal peak time restrictions apply.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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.

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    Disruption through Norwood Junction expected until 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes through Norwood Junction

    Description

    Following a road vehicle colliding with a bridge at Norwood Junction all lines have now reopened.

    Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 17:00.

    Customer Advise:
    A vehicle struck a railway bridge at Norwood Junction earlier this afternoon. All trains in the area were at a stand for 15 minutes whilst preliminarily investigation was carried out.

    Network Rail, who own and maintain the bridges on our network, have attended and deemed it safe for the trains to run at normal speed.

    Advise for Southern & Thameslink customer:

    Some services may be altered at short notice in order to get trains running back to timetable.

    There is mutual ticket acceptance on Southern and Thameslink railway.

    London Overground are no longer affected by this disruption.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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.

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    Disruption through East Croydon expected until 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Gatwick Express, Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes through East Croydon

    Description

    Following a passenger being taken ill on a train earlier today at East Croydon all lines are now open.

    Impact:
    Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes. Disruption is expected until 17:00 17/08.

    Customer Advice:

    Following a passenger being taken ill on board the 14:00 London Victoria to Brighton train at East Croydon, all lines are now open.

    Emergency services have now removed the passenger. This incident has resulted in the termination of the 14:00 London Victoria to Brighton service, and other delays or short notice cancellations may also occur.

    For further information, please listen out for station announcements, speak to a member of staff or press the help point located on platforms.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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.

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    Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Southern routes to / from London Victoria

    Thameslink routes through London

    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South West Trains service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

    Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
    There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

    Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
    With the significant reduction in South West Trains services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

    • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
    • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
    • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

     

    All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

    Clapham Junction station
    It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

    You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South West Trains services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South West Trains services.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
    Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South West Trains services away from London or for London Overground services
    Services on all South West Trains routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
    To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

    Plan ahead and check back before you travel

    You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

     

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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

    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.

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    Disruption between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South until approximately 17:00

    Train companies affected

    Northern

    Routes affected

    All routes to and from Blackpool North / Blackpool South

    Description

    The signalling problem at Kirkham & Wesham has been rectified, allowing all lines to reopen between Preston and Blackpool North / Blackpool South.

    As trains return to normal, some services may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or cancelled. . Disruption is expected to continue until 17:00.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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    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.

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    Disruption between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove expected until 18:00

    Train companies affected

    CrossCountry, London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove

    Description

    A signalling problem at Kings Norton is causing disruption to trains between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove. Some Longbridge lines have now reopened.

    Trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes.

    Disruption is expected to continue until 18:00.

    Advice for London Midland Customers:

    Road transport will be sourced to shuttle between Longbridge and Redditch, calling at intermediate stations.

    You may also use National Express West Midlands between Lichfield Trant Valley and Redditch.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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    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.

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    Planned changes to train times

    There are currently no updates.

    Major engineering work at London Bridge until January 2018

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    All routes via London Bridge

    Description

    As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail is rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

    Long term changes

    Significant work affecting London stations will take place over the August 2017 bank holiday and the four working days after (26 August - 2 September), as well as over Christmas and New Year 2017/8.

    Trains will be severely impacted over this time and you will need to change your journey so we ask you to keep this in mind when booking holidays and planning ahead.

    More information about the August changes is available here which includes travel advice. Information about changes over the Christmas and New Year period will be made available in the autumn.

    Further information


    Travelling at the weekend

    Throughout the programme, different services will be impacted on some weekends and bank holidays, for the latest information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture 

    On some weekends, particularly on Sundays, Waterloo East, London Bridge, London Charing Cross and / or London Cannon Street stations will be closed or have very limited services. Please use the Journey Planner to see the full impact on your journey.

    During periods of time when London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street are closed, you'll be able to use your ticket on selective alternative routes to complete your journey at no extra charge. For full details visit Southeastern. Please note the ticket acceptance detailed for weekend engineering work may differ from the Monday to Friday Thameslink Programme ticket acceptance outlined below.

    Longer term changes

    Thameslink services which run through central London will not call at London Bridge, however there will be a limited service between London Bridge and Brighton.

    Southeastern

    Until January 2018

    Most trains to and from London Charing Cross are able to stop at London Bridge again, although there will continue to be some changes during weekday peak periods (see below)

    Trains to and from London Cannon Street will no longer be able to stop at London Bridge.

    During this time, it is recommended that you consider changing your normal journey to work as the number of trains running will be reduced and are likely to be very busy.

    Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (until Friday 26 August)

    Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:02 and 09:09

    Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:25 and 18:46

    Weekday peak hour services to and from London Charing Cross / Waterloo East (from Monday 4 September)

    Trains FROM London Charing Cross and Waterloo East will not be able stop at London Bridge between 08:09 and 08:26

    Trains TO Waterloo East and London Charing Cross will not be able to stop at London Bridge between 16:52 and 17:57

    During these times, you'll be able to use the alternative routes to complete your journey as detailed below

    For a full list of major service changes visit key dates and service changes.

    Planning your Journey

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

    Alternative routes and travel advice

    The impact on your journey will depend on the particular services that you currently use to get to and from London Bridge and what alternatives exist. Travel advice is as detailed below:

    • Change the train you catch from your home station to go direct to your national rail destination. For example switching from a London Charing Cross service to a London Cannon Street service. This may involve shifting the time that you travel, but in many cases only by a few minutes
    • If getting a different train from home is not possible, we advise you to change trains en route outside London, for example at Lewisham, Orpington, Sevenoaks or Hither Green, to get to your final destination

    Please note: Different arrangements apply between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. For more information on alternative routes and travel advice during this period, please visit this page

    If you are unable to complete your journey by interchanging on National Rail services outside London, you may need to use TfL services, if you have a Travelcard you may choose to use other routes.

    The accepted routes are:

    • London Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Southwark, Waterloo and Elephant & Castle underground stations
    • Between London Bridge and Waterloo/Southwark on the Jubilee line and on buses 381 and RV1 between London Bridge and Waterloo
    • Between London Bridge and Charing Cross on the Jubilee/Bakerloo/Northern lines and on buses 15 and RV1 between London Bridge and Charing Cross
    • Between London Cannon Street and Charing Cross/Embankment on the District/Circle lines and on bus 15 between Cannon Street and Charing Cross
    • Between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge on the Northern line and on buses 35, 40, 133 and 343 between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
    • Between Blackfriars and London Bridge via Embankment and Waterloo and on buses 17 (from Blackfriars north entrance) or 381 and RV1 (from Blackfriars south entrance) between Blackfriars and London Bridge
    • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on District/Circle/Northern lines
    • Between Cannon Street and London Bridge on bus services 17 and 521
    • Greenwich line passengers can use the DLR between Greenwich and Lewisham, changing there for a Southeastern service to London Bridge, or can use Southeastern services via Charlton

    Thameslink passengers from the south of London (with a 'Thameslink only' ticket), whose final destination is currently London Bridge should change at Elephant & Castle or London Blackfriars for onward travel to London Bridge where tickets will be accepted on London Underground or eligible buses between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge and between Blackfriars and London Bridge. These recommended routes are shown here.

    Southern (and any permitted route) passengers who currently interchange onto National Rail services at London Bridge for travel to London Charing Cross or London Waterloo East should take London Underground or eligible bus services where their tickets will be accepted between London Bridge to Charing Cross or Waterloo / Southwark.

    South West Trains passengers who currently interchange at London Waterloo East for London Bridge should take London Underground or eligible bus services between London Bridge and London Waterloo / Southwark where their tickets will be accepted. These recommended routes are shown here.

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    Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

    Train companies affected

    Thameslink

    Routes affected

    All routes via London Bridge

    Description

    As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

    Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

    See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

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    Amended South West Trains service from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    South West Trains

    Routes affected

    All South West Trains routes

    Description

    Information about this improvement work can now be found here

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    Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

    Train companies affected

    Southern, Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Southern routes to / from London Victoria

    Thameslink routes through London

    Description

    Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South West Trains service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

    Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

    There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

    Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

    With the significant reduction in South West Trains services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

    •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
    •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
    •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


    All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

    Clapham Junction station

    It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

    You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South West Trains services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South West Trains services.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

    Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South West Trains services away from London or for London Overground services

    Services on all South West Trains routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

    To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

    Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

    There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

    Plan ahead and check back before you travel

    We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

    Amended service between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate / Bolton from Saturday 12 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Northern

    Routes affected

    Between Manchester Airport / Manchester Victoria / Hazel Grove and Preston / Blackpool North / Southport / Kirkby / Wigan / Clitheroe

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Wigan / Leyland / Bolton, closing the lines between Salford Crescent and Leyland / Bolton from Saturday to Friday. The line between Salford Crescent and Wigan Wallgate via Atherton will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday - Friday

    Trains between Manchester Airport and Preston / Blackpool North will be diverted via Wigan North Western, not calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston, calling at stations via Bolton and Chorley. You will be able to travel between Preston and Blackpool North on alternative train services.

    Buses will also replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Preston via Bolton and Chorley.

    All days except Sunday

    Hazel Grove - Preston / Blackpool North

    Trains will run between Hazel Grove and Manchester Oxford Road only. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston to connect with trains to / from Blackpool.

    Saturday and Sunday

    Stalybridge / Manchester Victoria - Southport / Kirkby / Wigan Wallgate


    Trains will run between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria only. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan via both Bolton and Atherton to connect with train services between Wigan and Southport / Kirkby.

     

    Manchester Airport / Stockport - Southport

    Trains will be diverted via Eccles. Buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan Wallgate to connect with trains to / from Southport.

    Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

    Trains will not run on the usual route via Bolton. Instead, services between Manchester Victoria and Blackburn via Todmorden will be diverted to / from Clitheroe.

    Monday - Friday

    Manchester Airport - Southport

    Trains will be diverted via Atherton, buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Hindley via Bolton to connect with these services. Buses will also run between Daisy Hill and Westhoughton during peak times.

    Manchester Victoria - Wigan Wallgate via Bolton

    Trains will not run. Buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Hindley to connect with alternative trains to / from Wigan.

    Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe

    Trains will run between Bolton and Clitheroe only. Buses will replace trains between Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    Buses replace trains between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley from Sunday 13 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley

    Description

    Engineering work is being carried out between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley, closing all lines. Overhead wires are being installed between these stations to enable London Midland to run electric trains on the full route between Birmingham and Rugeley. You can find more information on this here.

    Train services between Birmingham New Street and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley will run between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway only.

    A bus service will run between Tame Bridge Parkway and Walsall / Rugeley Trent Valley.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Great Western Railway

    Routes affected

    Various Great Western Railway routes

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations across the Great Western Railway network. The following services will be amended:

    Monday

    The 04:12 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will use alternative platforms at Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Tilehurst and will not call at Pangbourne. A bus will run from Pangbourne to Tilehurst at 04:20 to connect with the train. A bus service will also run from Tilehurst to Pangbourne.

    Monday - Wednesday

    The 23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central service will be replaced by a bus between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central.

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

    Monday - Thursday

    From approximately 21:30 until the end of service each night, buses will replace trains between Reading and Bedwyn.

    The 21:15 and 22:45 London Paddington to Swansea services will be diverted between Cardiff Central and Bridgend. These services will arrive at Bridgend and Swansea approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 04:47 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service will depart slightly later than usual and will not call at Bristol Parkway. A bus will run from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads.

    The 05:12 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads service will be retimed to run slightly later than usual.

    Check before you travel:

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

    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.

     

     

    No trains to and from London Fenchurch Street from 22:40 until the end of service each night from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    c2c

    Routes affected

    Between Shoeburyness, Grays, Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Barking and London Fenchurch Street after 22:40 each night, closing the lines.

    From approximately 22:40 until the end of service, trains will not run to or from London Fenchurch Street.

    Services will be diverted to / from London Liverpool Street.

    Trains that usually run between Southend Central and London Fenchurch Street via Ockenden will be amended to run between Grays and Upminster only.

    To complete your journey to / from London Fenchurch Street, you may use:

    • London Underground District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill
    • London Underground Jubilee Line services between Stratford and West Ham
    • Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Tower Gateway

     

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

    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.

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    Buses replace trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton from 23:00 until the end of service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    London Midland

    Routes affected

    Between London Euston and Northampton

    Description

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Bletchley and Northampton, closing the line.

    From approximately 23:00 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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    Amended Southeastern services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    Various Southeastern routes

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place at various locations on the Southeastern network. The following services will be amended:

    Monday - Thursday

    The 22:07 London Victoria to Dover Priory service will terminate at Faversham. Two buses will run from Faversham to Dover Priory, one will call at all stations and one will call at Canterbury East only.

    The 23:02 and 23:32 London Charing Cross to Hayes services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Hayes

    The 23:40 London Cannon Street to Dartford via Sidcup and the 23:53 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 00:02 London Charing Cross to Hayes service will be replaced by a bus between Lewisham and Hayes.

    The 00:10 and 00:40 London Cannon Street to Dartford via Sidcup services will be replaced by buses between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    The 00:23 London Charing Cross to Dartford via Sidcup service will be replaced by a bus from Lewisham calling all stations to Dartford via Sidcup.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup from 23:30 until the end of service from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Southeastern

    Routes affected

    Between London Cannon Street / London Charing Cross and Dartford via Sidcup and London Cannon Street circular services

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Hither Green and Crayford, closing the line.

    From approximately 23:30 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Lewisham and Dartford via Sidcup.

    The 22:47 London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street service will terminate at Slade Green. A bus will run from Slade Green to London Cannon Street, calling at all stations via Sidcup.

    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

    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.

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    CANCELLED: Overnight engineering work between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North from 23:50 until the end of service from Monday 14 until Thursday 17 August

    Train companies affected

    Great Northern

    Routes affected

    Between London Kings Cross / Moorgate and Royston / Letchworth Garden City

    Description

    The engineering work scheduled to take place between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Hertford North has been cancelled and trains will now run normally on this route.

    Check before you travel:

    he Journey Planners have been amended to reflect the cancellation of the engineering work, so to get options for your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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    Amended TransPennine Express services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    TransPennine Express

    Routes affected

    Various TransPennine Express routes

    Description

    Overnight engineering work is taking place between Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield. The following services will be amended:

    Monday - Thursday

    The 23:20 Manchester Airport to York service will be diverted via an alternative route between Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield, not calling at Manchester Victoria. The train will leave Manchester Piccadilly later than usual, however, because the diversionary route is shorter, it will run earlier than usual from Huddersfield onwards.

    Tuesday - Friday

    The 00:38 Manchester Airport to York service will be retimed to leave Manchester Piccadilly later than usual and call additionally at Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

    The 04:22 Manchester Airport to Newcastle service will be retimed to run later than usual from both Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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 overnight Thameslink services from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Thameslink

    Routes affected

    Between Bedford and Brighton

    Description

    Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Wivelsfield and Preston Park, closing some lines.

    Monday to Thursday

    The 23:40 Bedford to Brighton service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Three Bridges to Brighton

    Tuesday to Friday

    The 04:15 Brighton to Bedford service will start from Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Brighton to Bedford.

    Wednesday and Thursday

    The 21:52 Bedford to Brighton service will not call at Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Preston Park. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Haywards Heath to Brighton calling at all stations.

    The 22:22 Bedford to Brighton service will terminate at Three Bridges. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Three Bridges to Brighton.

    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.

    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 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services from Monday 14 until Thursday 18 August

    Train companies affected

    Virgin Trains

    Routes affected

    From London Euston to Wolverhampton

    Description

    Engineering work is taking place between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, closing the line.

    The 22:30 and 23:30 London Euston to Wolverhampton services will be diverted between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton, arriving at Wolverhampton approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

    Check before you travel:

    You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

    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.

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