What's Happening With London's Transport Over The August Bank Holiday 2018?

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What's Happening With London's Transport Over The August Bank Holiday 2018?

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The August bank holiday takes place 25-27 August 2018. As always, whether you're staying in London or heading further afield, there are some transport issues to watch out for. Looking to things to do over the bank holiday weekend? We've got some inspiration here.

Nope. not this weekend.

TfL services

Bakerloo line: On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, the Bakerloo line will be shut between Stonebridge Park and Harrow & Wealdstone. Replacement buses operate at some stations (check TfL website for details). Normal Bakerloo line service resumes on Monday 27 August.

District line: All three days, no service between Parsons Green and Wimbledon. Replacement buses operate.

London Overground: All three days, no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction, nor between South Tottenham and Barking. Replacement buses in operation.

At time of writing, no closures or disruption are planned for any other tube lines, nor London buses, trams, DLR or TfL Rail over the bank holiday weekend — although do be aware that parts of the Central, Circle and District will be busy due to Notting Hill Carnival, and roads around the area will be closed, so buses may be diverted.

National Rail services

No Southeastern services into Victoria all weekend

Southeastern: All lines between Herne Hill and Victoria are closed all weekend, which means no trains at Brixton National Rail station (tube unaffected — but probably busier as a result). Some trains will be diverted to and from Blackfriars instead of Victoria, and others won't run at all. Further out, buses replace trains between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks due to work in the Sevenoaks tunnel, and between Paddock Wood and Maidstone West on all three days.

Southern: The complete closure of Euston National Rail station (details below) may have a knock-on effect on the Milton Keynes branch of Southern rail — no details currently available. Elsewhere, buses replace trains between Leatherhead and Dorking on Sunday.

Don't hold your breath, eh?

Thameslink: At this point in the Thameslink fiasco, your guess is as good as ours. Because of the Brixton work mentioned above, some Sevenoaks-Blackfriars services will be amended to call at Herne Hill and surrounding stations.

South Western Railway: A Saturday service runs on Bank Holiday Monday, and buses replace trains at Dorking on Sunday. No other planned disruptions.

Great Western Railway: No direct disruption in the London area, but trains into and out of Paddington may be retimed due to work between Slough and Maidenhead, and between Reading and Basingstoke/Westbury. More details here.

Greater Anglia: Replacement buses operate at various points along the line between Liverpool Street, Southend and Colchester, and Liverpool Street, Ipswich and Norwich.

Chiltern Railways: Additional services between Marylebone and Birmingham to compensate for the closure of Euston.

Station closures

Euston: Euston National Rail station will be completely closed for all three days of the weekend, affecting Virgin, Southern, London Overground, London North Eastern Railway (formerly Virgin East Coast) and Caledonian Sleeper services. Check individual operators for details of alternatives.

Getting to the airport

Gatwick: Due to the interim timetable, future information for the Gatwick Express isn't available at time if writing. Check back here closer to the time. Southern should be running a normal service between London and Gatwick, however, the timetables won't be confirmed until a couple of weeks in advance. Check here.

Heathrow: The Heathrow Express, Piccadilly line and TfL Rail (formerly Heathrow Connect) have no planned closures or disruptions.

City: No planned disruption on the DLR.

Last Updated 16 August 2018