Aylesbury to Princes Risborough railway improvements

Major railway upgrades completed in Buckinghamshire

On Monday 30 October, trains resumed between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough stations after 12 weeks of improvement work. We’d like to thank passengers for their patience during our upgrades.

What work has taken place?

We have worked in partnership with HS2 to move and replace almost 2km of track and signalling equipment on the line between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough to make way for the new HS2 line which will pass beneath the existing railway. This vital work will also mean more reliable journeys for passengers travelling between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough on a railway that’s fit for the future.

HS2 will help to transform journeys between London and the Midlands, providing zero-carbon journeys from day one and also making space on the existing railway network for more local services.

Watch: A short aerial video shows the scale of work completed which included the installation of 2,953 concrete sleepers and 2,000 metres of new rail which will provide smoother and more reliable journeys for Chiltern Railways passengers. The new railway alignment also features a new 100m steel bridge installed by HS2 which will allow high-speed lines to be built beneath the existing track.

Earlier this summer our engineers completed major work to replace a Victorian drainage culvert beneath the railway near Aylesbury station to improve future journeys for passengers and freight services. Read more: Impressive footage shows major railway repairs completed in Aylesbury.

Marsh Lane level crossing closure 

Due to our work to realign the railway, we have closed Marsh Lane level crossing and will be carrying out a project to upgrade, bringing it up to modern safety standards.

This means that Marsh Lane level crossing will remain closed to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles until our improvements are completed in 2024.

We understand that this road closure will be extremely disruptive to local people and regret that we need to keep the level crossing closed for such a long period of time.

Diversion route

During the closure of Marsh Lane level crossing, there will be a diversion of North Lee Lane which will travel from Marsh Lane to Little Kimble, then to Princes Risborough and past Terrick and back onto the A4010 Risborough Road.

Our project to upgrade the level crossing is still being developed. We’ll let local people know more about our plans, including details of exactly when we expect to reopen the crossing to road users, in the coming months. 

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