May Day Bank Holiday Engineering Works: No trains between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston

Network Rail are delivering engineering works across the rail network during the Early May Bank Holiday weekend.

During the early May Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 5th May), trains will not operate between Milton Keynes Central – London Euston and services on other routes will also be impacted.

Travelling to/from London? You’re advised to travel either side of these weekends to avoid significant disruption, longer journey times and rail replacement bus services.

You can find a full summary of service changes and alternative travel arrangements for this period below.

Early May Day Weekend: Saturday 4th May – Monday 6th May

Sunday 5th May only

  • Trains will not operate between Milton Keynes Central – London Euston.
  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Milton Keynes Central – Bedford and Milton Keynes Central – Watford Junction via intermediate stations.
  • Tickets to/from London Euston will be accepted on GTR and East Midlands Railway services for travel between Bedford – London St Pancras.
  • Tickets to/from London Euston will be accepted on Overground services between Watford Junction – London Euston.
  • Due to traffic conditions, rail replacement buses are unable to call at Cheddington station. Minibus shuttles will be operating between Cheddington – Leighton Buzzard during this time (you can join onward rail replacement services at Leighton Buzzard).

Sunday 5th May only

  • Trains will operate between Crewe – Milton Keynes only.
  • Onward rail replacement connections to/from London will be available from Milton Keynes (see above).

Sunday 5th May only

  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Watford Junction – St Albans Abbey.
  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Coventry - Birmingham International.

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May only

  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Stafford - Crewe.
  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Crewe - Liverpool South Parkway

Travel Advice

  • Given the disruption, we recommend that you plan to travel either side of the early May Bank Holiday weekend (before Saturday 4th May/ after Monday 6th May).
  • If you must travel to/from London, we recommend that you use rail replacement services between Milton Keynes – Bedford and make onward connections via East Midlands Railway and GTR services to London St Pancras.
  • If you’re travelling to/from intermediate stations between Milton Keynes – London Euston, you’re advised to use rail replacement buses between Milton Keynes – Watford Junction (onward connections to/from London are available via Overground services).
  • Other operators’ services are also impacted by this engineering work. Avanti West Coast will also be operating rail replacement bus services between Milton Keynes – Bedford. Visit nationalrail.co.uk for more info.

Ticket Acceptance

  • Valid tickets for travel to/from London will be accepted on rail replacement buses between Milton Keynes – Bedford and Watford Junction.
  • Your ticket will also be accepted for use on either East Midlands / GTR services between Bedford – London St Pancras, or Overground services from Watford Junction - London Euston.

Rail Replacement Bus Information

  • You require a valid rail ticket to travel on a rail replacement bus.
  • All of our rail replacement vehicles are fully accessible.
  • Animals are not permitted on rail replacement buses (except for assistance animals).
  • Large items of luggage and non-folding bicycles are not permitted onboard rail replacement bus services.