Trains in Buckinghamshire over Easter have been canceled due to ongoing work on the controversial HS2 rail project. Those hoping to travel over the Easter weekend will see their services disrupted.
HS2 workers will install a bridge over the rail line between Wendover and Great Missenden on the London to Aylesbury line. The work will take place 24 hours a day between Saturday April 16 and Easter Monday April 18.
Those traveling on the Chiltern Rail line will need to take a rail replacement bus service between the two stations. HS2 says work is needed for a conveyor.
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The Chiltern Rail line will be fully closed between the two stops from Saturday 16 April at 00:55 until Monday 18 April at 04:15. There will also be night work over the next few weeks, which will take place on these dates:
from Monday April 18 to Thursday April 21 from 1 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.;
Sunday April 24 from 1 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.;
From Monday April 25 to Thursday April 28 from 1 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.
An HS2 spokesperson said: “Between Saturday 16th April and Monday 18th April we will be installing a bridge over the Chiltern Rail line between Wendover and Great Missenden for the construction of our conveyor. For safety reasons this work will necessitate the complete closure of the Chiltern railway line at Easter.
“Our workforce will be working 24 hours a day between these times. To maintain connectivity, the train operator will carry out a bus replacement during this period.
“Additional night work will also be required to complete the installation, assembly and final positioning of the bridge. Final testing of the conveyor bridge will take place in early July 2022.
“When planning your journey, please refer to the rail line operator for details of this bus service. No more holding Network Rail overnight to install for the conveyor.”
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, these dates may be subject to change.” Noise from the installations and equipment used for the work is also expected.
A Chiltern Railways spokesman added: “There will be planned engineering work in the Wendover area, and no Chiltern Railways trains will be running all day between Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway stations. Buses from rail replacement will be in service as follows:
- Aylesbury Vale Parkway – Aylesbury – Stoke Mandeville – Wendover – Great Missenden – Amersham – Beaconsfield (for connecting trains to/from Marylebone).
“Passengers traveling between Marylebone – Amersham and stations to/from Aylesbury Vale Parkway should travel via Beaconsfield. London Underground Metropolitan Line services should be used between Baker Street and stations to Amersham.”