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West Coast Main Line
Working with train companies and specialist contractors, we're upgrading the infrastructure and signalling around Watford Junction to improve performance on the West Coast main line
The West Coast main line is Europe’s busiest freight and passenger railway. At Watford Junction, we're modernising critical junctions and signalling from the 1960s.
The railway between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston will be closed between Good Friday 3 April and Easter Monday 6 April to allow Orphanage Road bridge at Watford to be replaced. In addition, engineers will renew track and overhead lines in the Watford area and carry out essential repair work to one of two of the Watford tunnels, to the north of the station.
Passengers will face longer, interrupted journeys and will be routed away from the West Coast main line.
To find out which services are affected or to plan an alternative route visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/watford.
Over the Easter weekend, Friday 3 April to Tuesday 7 April 2015, the West Coast main line will be closed to all passenger services at Watford.
This will affect London commuter lines and long distance services to the West Midlands, North West and Scotland.
Orphanage Road is closed to road traffic for 12 weeks until Friday 17 April.
From Monday 23 February, there will be no pedestrian access. You can download details of alternative walking routes.
The closure is to allow preparation for the installation of the new bridge over the Easter weekend.
Over the past 15 years, the number of trains using the West Coast main line has doubled and it's getting busier. Much of the infrastructure around Watford dates from the 1960s and is becoming unreliable - it is a particularly heavily used section with trains running round the clock.
Over the May and August 2014 closures our engineers:
Modernisation moves on at Watford Junction
New ballast goes in in August 2014
Pressing on with the work over three weekends in August 2014
All went on schedule during the August 2014 closures
New track installed in August 2014 to allow for smoother and faster journeys