Disruption to Aylesbury Vale Commuters as London Marylebone Closed All Week.
6:01am 13th August 2011
(Updated 5:57am 16th August 2011)
London Marylebone Station in London is CLOSED all this week (from Monday 15th - Friday 19th) - meaning disruption for commuters across Aylesbury Vale.
Chiltern railways are upgrading the junction just outside the station. That means if you're traveling on trains from Aylesbury through Amersham you'll have to change at Harrow on the Hill during peak times, and at Amersham during the off-peak times and then get a tube train to Baker street. Trains from Haddenham & Thame parkway and Princes Risborough are also affected, they'll go directly into Paddington and they'll run less frequently - just 2 an hour.
Chiltern Railways warn that journey times will be increased due to these changes and passengers should check the Chiltern Railways website or specific August timetables for their particular journey.
Click play to hear Mix 96's Chris Maskery talk to Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways.
From Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August trains to/from Birmingham will run to Didcot Parkway for connecting FGW services to/from London Paddington. Passengers from Leamington Spa and Banbury can alternatively use Cross Country services to/from Reading for connecting FGW services to London Paddington. Passengers travelling to/from Bicester North, Haddenham & Thame Parkway, Princes Risborough, High Wycombe and Beaconsfield will either drive or use a bus replacement service to connect with the Chiltern Railways Amersham line which will run extra rail services. Some passengers will use a bus replacement service to Hillingdon for connecting LU services on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. The Chiltern Railways Amersham line will not be affected during this week. Journey times will be increased due to these changes and passengers should check the Chiltern Railways website or specific August timetables for their particular journey.
These works form the final part of the transformational Chiltern Mainline project, a £250 million investment and one of the largest privately-led investments in railway infrastructure for many years. The project has already successfully achieved a number of significant milestones including the installation of points at several locations to enable the line speed to be increased and the realignment and improvement of track layout along the route. Other major milestones achieved include the opening of two new platforms at Birmingham Moor Street, a new platform at Bicester North, the replacement of two bridges, the installation of a footbridge and the replacement of platform 1 at High Wycombe.
Ian Baxter, Director of Customer Service of Chiltern Railways said:
“The August engineering works form the final part of our Mainline project that will significantly reduce journey times along our route. We are always sorry to disappoint our passengers and understand that engineering works are never ideal. In planning the project we have done all we can to minimise closures, but we can not avoid an extended period of time to complete final elements and run extensive tests of the new infrastructure. August was chosen as it is the quietest period of the year in terms of passenger numbers and therefore we hope that we will be inconveniencing the least number of people possible.”
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