CHILTERN Railways are advising customers travelling on Saturday and Sunday March 13-14 that the railway will be closed between Wembley Stadium and High Wycombe and also between Warwick Parkway and Solihull.
As a result there will be no through trains between Marylebone and Birmingham, Marylebone and Oxford/Bicester Village, nor between Marylebone and Gerrards Cross/Beaconsfield/High Wycombe.
The rail firm warns most journeys will take longer than usual and customers may need to change trains, use other operators or use rail replacement buses to reach their destination.
It says customers travelling between London Marylebone, Bicester Village, Oxford, Banbury and stations to Birmingham should travel via Aylesbury Vale Parkway and use rail replacement services to/from Bicester North or Bicester Village to complete their journey.
A limited train service will operate between:
Marylebone and stations to Aylesbury Vale Parkway (via Amersham),
High Wycombe and stations to Warwick Parkway,
High Wycombe and stations to Oxford,
Princes Risborough and stations to Aylesbury,
Solihull to Birmingham Moor Street
Leamington Spa to Stratford upon Avon
The changes are as a result of part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan and includes Network Rail track replacement work which will ensure the railway is in the best possible condition for customers when travel restrictions are eased.
Customers who need to travel are advised to:
Allow extra time for their journey,
Travel during off-peak hours where possible,
Book tickets via the website or Chiltern App and use contactless payments wherever possible,
Check their journey before travelling as all journeys will be affected,
Maintain social distancing onboard trains and at stations
Regularly wash their hands before and after their journey.