Planned train disruptions and engineering works

To improve and maintain the railway, Network Rail regularly carry out planned engineering and improvement work on our lines. Below are some of the essential engineering and improvement works that may affect you. So please, plan your journey in advance or keep up to speed with our online live departure and arrival boards.

Essential engineering works are taking place in January, impacting journeys on multiple routes on our network (including some midweek works). If you’re travelling with us in January, please keep the below changes to services in mind.

Midweek Engineering Works (Tuesday 4 – Thursday 13 January 2022)

Network Rail are carrying out essential works in early January 2022. The work will improve the track between Rugby – Milton Keynes, which should make this part of the network less susceptible to flooding during bad weather.

Dates impacted

Tuesday 4 January – Thursday 13 January (until 06.00)

Impact on journeys and travel advice

On the above dates:

  • Our trains between Rugby – London Euston will run between Rugby – Crewe only. If you’re travelling between Crewe – London Euston you’re advised to change onto alternative services at Rugby for onward travel (this will make your journey longer so please allow extra time)
  • Fewer trains will be running between Northampton – Milton Keynes Central (trains are likely to be busier)
  • Tring – London Euston and Birmingham – London Euston trains will run, but to an amended timetable
  • Fewer peak-time trains are able to run

If you’re travelling during this time, please allow extra time for your journey, and plan ahead by checking your train times before you travel.

Weekend Engineering Works

Network Rail are carrying out essential works over weekends in January impacting journeys on multiple parts of the network.

Saturday 15 January (until 12.00), Saturday 22 January (until 12.00) and Sunday 23 January (all day):

  • Trains will run to an amended timetable on all routes to/from London Euston (including journeys between Crewe – London Euston)
  • Fewer trains will be running during this time
  • Most journeys between Birmingham New St – London Euston will require a change of trains at Northampton

Sunday 16 January:

  • Fully accessible rail replacement buses will be running between Stafford – Rugby

Sunday 30 January:

  • Fully accessible rail replacement buses will be running between Rugby – Northampton – Milton Keynes Central
  • Trains will be running between London Euston – Milton Keynes Central and Rugby / Coventry – Birmingham New St
  • Before 07.35, fully accessible rail replacement buses will be running between London Euston – Milton Keynes Central / Northampton
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Alterations

Dates Alterations
Tue, 30/11/2021 to Fri, 03/12/2021 Amended evening / morning services at Bushey from Tuesday 30 November to Friday 3 December
Locations affected: London Northwestern Railway between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton
Fri, 03/12/2021 Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey before 06:30 on Friday 3 December
Locations affected: London Northwestern Railway between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey
Sat, 04/12/2021 Amended 00:35 London Euston to Northampton service on Saturday 4 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Northampton
Sun, 05/12/2021 Until 12:10: Amended service between Rugby and Stafford on Sunday 5 December
Locations affected: Avanti West Coast between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Shrewsbury / Crewe / Chester / Holyhead / Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Piccadilly / Preston / Carlisle / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh London Northwestern Railway between London Euston / Northampton and Crewe
Sun, 12/12/2021 Until 08:45: Buses replace trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton on Sunday 12 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Northampton
Mon, 13/12/2021 to Fri, 17/12/2021 Amended late night / early morning service at Bushey from Monday 13 to Friday 17 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton
Wed, 15/12/2021 Until 06:30: Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey on Wednesday 15 December
Locations affected: Between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey
Fri, 17/12/2021 Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey before 06:30 on Friday 17 December
Locations affected: Between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey
Sat, 18/12/2021 Amended 00:35 London Euston to Northampton service on Saturday 18 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Northampton
Sun, 19/12/2021 Until 07:35: Buses replace trains between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton on Sunday 19 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton
Mon, 27/12/2021 Amended London Northwestern Railway service between London Euston and Tring / Milton Keynes Central / Northampton on Monday 27 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Tring / Milton Keynes Central / Northampton and between Birmingham New Street and London Euston
Mon, 27/12/2021 to Fri, 31/12/2021 Buses replace late night / early morning trains between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton from Monday 27 to Friday 31 December
Locations affected: Between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton / Birmingham New Street