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Timetables and travel
Our Railway's Future
Railway upgrade projects
Railway Communications System
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York Engineers' Triangle
High speed rail
Cardiff and Valleys
East West Rail
Heathrow rail link
East London route
Midland Main Line
Nuneaton north chord
Redditch branch line
Manchester to Preston electrification
Edinburgh Waverley station
Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace
Southampton to Nuneaton freight upgrade
South Wales resignalling
North West electrification
Birmingham New Street station
Gogar rail interchange
King's Cross station
North London line
Stafford - Crewe
Ely - Soham
Great Northern Great Eastern
Lincoln level crossings
Manchester Victoria station
North Lincolnshire resignalling
East Coast Main Line
Tinsley Chord Tram Train
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
Over Easter, we demolished a rail-over-road bridge south of Watford Junction station and replaced it with a new bridge. The team also replaced track, signalling and junctions, and we made some essential repairs to two of the Watford tunnels to the north of the station.
The work will increase reliablility and will allow trains to travel more quickly along that part of the route.
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 a new bridge.
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