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Trains Disrupted As Watford Junction Works Begin

Electric Train - London Midland

8:16am 3rd May 2014

If you want to get a train from Leighton Buzzard, Tring or Berkhamsted to London this weekend, you won't be able to.

It's because there's major work starting at Watford Junction, to replace track and signals after the number of trains has doubled in the past 15 years.

London Midland's Becky Glover tells us they are helping passengers through the closures:

"If passengers have already bought a ticket, or have a season ticket, London Midland has arranged for these to be accepted on First Capital Connect and Chiltern services, as well as London Overground and a few Underground stations."

Over a series of eight weekends from May 2014 to April 2015, Network Rail will be replacing three critical junctions to the north and south of Watford and renewing the signalling system in the area.

It will also replace the track crossovers with track that is easier to maintain, reducing future disruption due to maintenance, resulting in fewer delays, better punctuality and providing more comfortable journeys.

The improvement works, when complete, will:

  • Renew all signalling between Kings Langley and Bushey allowing greater flexibility, and quicker return to a normal service after disruption
  • Lay over 15km (9 miles) of new track giving a smoother journey
  • Modify the overhead line equipment to make it more reliable 
  • Reconstruct Orphanage Road Bridge to allow for future line speeds of 125 mph

The line between Watford Junction and London Euston will be closed on the following weekends to allow for this work:

  • Saturday 3 May 2014 to Monday 5 May 2014
  • Saturday 9 August 2014 to Monday 11 August 2014
  • Saturday 16 August 2014 to Monday 18 August 2014
  • Saturday 23 August 2014 to Tuesday 26 August 2014
  • Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Monday 29 December 2014
  • Saturday 14 February 2015 to Monday 16 February 2015
  • Saturday 21 February 2015 to Monday 23 February 2015
  • Friday 3 April 2015 to Tuesday 7 April 2015

Trains are stopping/running at different times to the stations in our area, so make sure you check out the National Rail website for more details about when trains will be running from Leighton, Tring & Berko.

Londond Midland asked us to thank passengers for their patience during the work.

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