UK railway news round-up

This week new figures show a significant rise in railway trespassing over the summer months, Transport for Wales is moving into public control and the Government has announced extra funding for trams.

Latest service updates

Rail safety warning issued as 2020 revealed to be worse summer in five years for trespass

Newly released figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police show that there were 5,100 trespass incidents over the summer months, with the total number of incidents recorded in September 2020 – 1239 – the worst recorded for that month in the past five years. Read more.

Steaming up for new Heritage Railway Weekends

One of the UK’s best-known heritage railway lines will be steaming ahead with a series of special Heritage Railway Weekends this winter, giving passengers a rare opportunity to travel on two of the country’s most historic steam engines ‘Synolda’ and ‘Katie’. Read more.

New life for old track at a leading Midlands heritage railway

Track from a disused railway line that was removed as part of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension has been given a new home after being donated to the Severn Valley Railway by Transport for West Midlands and the Midland Metro Alliance. Read more.

Transport for Wales to be placed under public control by Welsh Government

Transport for Wales (TrC) and Keolis and Amey have taken steps towards altering the partnership begun in 2018, ensuring the continuation of the Wales and Borders rail network transformation. Read more.

Government announces further cash boost for trams

Tram services in the North and Midlands will continue to benefit from government funding, with up to a further £67.8 million available to keep essential services running for communities, the government has announced. Read more.

Latest service updates

London is categorised as High Covid alert, Tier two of the Government’s new three-tier system.

Across our network we’ve put measures in place to keep everyone safe. When travelling you must wear your face covering over your mouth and nose for your entire journey including inside stations and on platforms. Keep in mind, some customers might be wearing an exemption badge as they are not able to wear a face covering for reasons that may not always be visible. Unless you are exempt , you could be refused travel or face a £200 fine which doubles with every violation up to £6,400.

Plan your journey and find the quiet times to travel.

London Underground

Due to engineering work the following services will be affected. Please check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

District line

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, there will be no service between Tower Hill and West Ham. Rail replacement bus DL6 will run between Tower Hill and Barking. Use alternative Tube, local or replacement bus services.

Hammersmith & City line

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, there will be no service between Hammersmith and Barking. Rail replacement bus DL6 will run between Tower Hill and Barking. Use alternative Tube, local or replacement bus services.

Northern line

Old street station will be exit only on weekdays between 07:00 and 10:00 from Monday 2 November until summer 2021. This is due to works at Old Street roundabout.

Please consider using Moorgate station for the Northern line and Great Northern services, Angel station for the Northern line, or Liverpool Street station for alternative tube routes. Find out more information.

No Night Tube or London Overground Night Service and limited Night Bus services are running.

See the latest status updates on London Underground, including a map of closures.

London Overground

Due to engineering work, the following London Overground services will be affected.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, there will be no service between:
• Highbury & Islington and New Cross/New Cross Gate. Use alternative Tube or local bus services. Rail replacement bus service X will run between Dalston Kingsland and New Cross Gate
• New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace or West Croydon. Use Southern Railway services on Saturday and Southern Railway services or local bus services on Sunday
• Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction. Rail replacement bus service M will run between Canada Water and Clapham Junction
On Saturday 24 October, there will be no service between South Tottenham and Barking. Use alternative Tube or local bus services. Rail replacement bus service T will run between Walthamstow Central and Barking.

On Sunday 25 October, there will be no service between:
• Shepherd’s Bush and Willesden Junction until 13:00. Use local bus services
• Richmond and Camden Road until 13:00. Use alternative Tube services. Rail replacement bus R will run between Gunnersbury and Camden Road
• Camden Road and Stratford after 21:45. Rail replacement bus service S will run between Camden Road and Stratford, or use local bus services
• Gospel Oak and Barking. Use alternative Tube or local bus services. Rail replacement bus service J will run between Gospel Oak and Seven Sisters and bus service T will run between Walthamstow Central and Barking
• Romford and Upminster. Use local bus services
No Night Tube or London Overground Night Service and limited Night Bus services are running. Check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

TfL Rail

Due to track work on the Sunday 25 October, the following services will be affected:
• No service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. Rail replacement bus service C will run from Romford to Stratford and bus service D will run between Shenfield and Newbury Park
• No westbound services will stop at Burnham and Taplow from 09:00 until 19:00. Alight at Maidenhead and use eastbound services to access Burnham and Taplow
• For Burnham, Taplow, Twyford and Reading stations, a reduced service will run after 20:00. Please check before you travel.
Check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

London Trams

Due to track work, the following London Trams services will be affected.

On Thursday 22 October there will be no service on the entire London Trams network after 23:00. Last departures start from 21:00. Use local bus services.

From Friday 23 October until Sunday 1 November, there will be no service between:
• Wandle Park and East Croydon, via Church Street and West Croydon. Use replacement bus service
• Arena and Elmers End before 06:30 and after 19:45 Monday to Friday, before 07:30 and after 18:30 on Saturday and before 09:15 and after 18:15 on Sunday. Use local bus services
See an overview of planned track closures for the next six months.

See the latest status updates on London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Trams, including a map of closures and information about rail replacement buses.

Buses and roads

From Monday 26 October until 31 October, dedicated school travel only bus services will not run due to half term.

Limited Night Bus services are running and due to the following works, some buses may be diverted or stop short of their normal destination. Make sure you check before you travel.

Southwark – On Saturday 24 October, Tanner street will be closed to all traffic between 08:00 and 22:00 and on Sunday 25 October Druid Street will be closed to all traffic between 09:00 and 19:00. This is while we undertake resurfacing works to complete the new Quietway Cycle Scheme. While these closures are in place all traffic will be on diversion, including bus route 188 which would normally stop along Tanner Street. Surrounding roads are expected to be busy. Follow the signs for the diversion route.

A406 Eastbound Link Road, M11 Junction 4, Woodford – Closed for essential structure maintenance from 22:00 Friday 30 October until 05:30 Monday 2 November, 22:00 Friday 6 November until 05:30 Monday 9 November, and a contingency booking of 22:00 Friday 13 November until 05:30 Monday 16 November. This is due to essential work to maintain the safety of the road, including replacing the existing bridge joints. A signed diversion will be in place.

Old Street – Old Street west and City Road south will be closed from 21:30 Thursday 29 October to 05:00 on Monday 2 November 2020 while we install a new road layout. The Inner Ring Road will remain open through Old Street with lane closures. Roads in the surrounding area are expected to be a lot busier. Some local buses will be delayed, on diversion, or stop short of their destination. Please allow more time for your journey.

Alternatively, if you can, try cycling or walking part of journey. We have signed cycle routes in place to help guide you through the area. Find out more information.

A501 Euston Road – Until early November a longer section on the A501 Euston Road will be reduced to one lane westbound on the approach to the Euston Underpass. This is whilst HS2 carry out some essential investigation works. Delays are expected, especially at peak times.

Bexley – Until mid-February 2021 the A2 Danson Road has been reduced to two lanes in each direction for traffic whilst we carry out essential maintenance to the underpass. Some works will require us to close two lanes in each direction but we will carry out these works at night to minimise the impacts especially during peak hours.

West End: High Holborn, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Museum Street, as of Friday 9 October opened for two-way traffic. This is part of the West End Project. Please be careful while people walking, people cycling, and other traffic get used to the new two-way road layout. See here for more information.

Wandsworth Bridge – Until summer 2021 there will be a series of lane restrictions on Wandsworth Bridge whilst the borough carries out essential maintenance works. From Mid-November there will be one lane northbound over the bridge for all traffic including buses. A bus lane will be maintained in the southbound direction which will be wide enough to accommodate cyclists. Footways will be narrower on both sides for those walking across the bridge.

Hammersmith Bridge – Emergency closure. Following expert technical advice, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has taken the decision to close the bridge to all traffic – including people walking and cycling – until we can be assured it is safe. While, it’s already closed to general traffic and buses and has been for a while, it is now closed to people walking and cycling. Find out more.

Knightsbridge – Until early November there will be lane restrictions and temporary lights on the A4, Knightsbridge at the junctions with Sloane Street and Brompton Road. These are for essential works carried out by Cadent Gas to replace a main.

Vauxhall Bridge – Until late November 2020, Vauxhall Bridge will be closed to general traffic in both directions, this is due to safety critical repair works. Currently access will be maintained, in both directions, for people walking and cycling, and for southbound buses, coaches, and taxis. Buses and coaches northbound towards Victoria will be on diversion via Lambeth Bridge and Millbank. All other vehicles will be on diversion, and if using the signed diversion route will be exempt from the Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone charges.

To facilitate works, a southbound closure for buses, coaches, and taxis will be required between 20:00 Thursday 22 October and 06:00 Friday 23 October, and from 20:00 Friday 23 October to 06:00 Monday 26 October. People cycling will be asked to dismount to cross the bridge or use the signed diversion during these southbound closures. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

If your journey is through the area but not stopping locally, please consider re-routing. Chelsea Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and surrounding roads are also expected to be very busy. Find out more.

Delays are expected, plan ahead and check before you travel, for the latest information please visit status updates.

Check whether your bus is affected.

See the latest status updates on road travel.

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