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Travel advice for Chiltern customers travelling on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September

Chiltern Railways are advising customers travelling on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September that due to planned engineering works, the line will be closed between Wembley Stadium and Leamington Spa. As a result, a heavily amended timetable will be in operation. Customers are advised to check their journey before travelling and allow extra time.

All day Saturday and Sunday, there will be no through trains between London Marylebone and Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe; London Marylebone and Bicester Village or Oxford; nor between London Marylebone and Birmingham.

Customers may need to travel via alternative routes, use other operator’s services and/or on rail replacement buses to complete their journey. Most journey times will be considerably longer than usual, and customers should check their trip before setting off.

Customers travelling between London, Bicester Village, Oxford, Banbury and stations to Birmingham should travel via Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Customers from Leamington and Banbury will need to change buses at Bicester North for stations Bicester to Hillingdon via Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross. Customers wanting to travel to Kings Sutton will need to travel via minibus between Bicester North and Banbury.

Customers travelling between London and High Wycombe (ONLY) should travel via Amersham.

Customers travelling between London, Denham, Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield should travel via Hillingdon (using London Underground Metropolitan Line services to/from Baker Street).

A limited train service will operate between:

  • Marylebone - stations to Aylesbury Vale Parkway (via Amersham)
  • Princes Risborough - stations to Aylesbury
  • Bicester Village - stations to Oxford
  • Leamington Spa - stations to Birmingham Moor Street
  • Leamington Spa - stations to Stratford Upon Avon

This work forms part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan and includes Network Rail track improvement to increase the reliability of the rail network. 

Whilst the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory onboard trains and in stations, customers who can wear face coverings are advised to do so in crowded areas.

Customers are advised to: 

  • Allow extra time for their journey, 
  • Book tickets via the website or Chiltern App and use contactless payments wherever possible,
  • Check their journey before travelling,
  • Regularly wash their hands before and after their journey.

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About Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing over 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries. We are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, and are responsible for DB's regional passenger transport services outside Germany.