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West Coast Main Line
Working closely 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 planned closure of the line between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston over two weekends in February has been postponed due to the landslide at Harbury, on the main line between London Marylebone and Birmingham.
We have rescheduled the planned work so we can keep passengers and freight moving from London and South East to the West Midlands.
Train companies on the route are currently looking at what services can be reinstated at such short notice so, if you're planning to travel on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21 or Sunday 22 February, you still need to take check before you travel.
To find out which services are affected or to plan an alternative route visit nationalrail.co.uk/watford.
Alternatively, check with your train operator:
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.
During these dates the West Coast main line will be closed to all passenger services at Watford.
The closure will also affect London commuter lines and long distance services to the West Midlands, North West and Scotland.
As part of the preparation work to allow for the new bridge to be installed over the Easter bank holiday weekend, Orphanage Road is closed to road traffic for 12 weeks until Friday 17 April. There is limited pedestrian access from 5:30pm until 7am until Monday 23 February. From Monday 23 February, there will be no pedestrian access.
You can download details of alternative walking routes.
Over the May and August closures our engineers have:
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