Chiltern advise not to travel on their trains today


The main line is closed following a landslip last week

Train users are being advised not to travel on Chiltern Railways services today (Monday) after a landslip partially blocked the line between Bicester North and Haddenham & Thame Parkway.

The landslip occurred last Thursday and follows recent heavy rainfall.   It left just one line open to services operating both north and south.

Network Rail began work to fix the problem yesterday, with all lines past the landslip closed whilst they complete the task.

London bound trains from Banbury will terminate at Bicester North and commuters will then have to use a connecting bus service to Haddenham & Thame Parkway.    Those heading home in the opposite direction will face the same changes.

Chiltern Railways warns that this will cause significant disruption and is asking customers not to travel and to seek alternative methods of transport.   For those still needing to use a Chiltern service a reduced timetable will be in operation.

Its hoped the line will reopen by 8am tomorrow (Tuesday), but it is likely services will run at reduced speeds.

Richard Allan, Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, said: “We’d like to apologise to customers who are affected by the closure of the railway near Bicester for urgent repairs to the track following a landslip. We are asking customers not to travel on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 January while these significant repairs to the railway embankment take place. This decision was not taken lightly, but is essential while Network Rail repair this landslip on the Chiltern main line.

“I would urge customers to consider alternative methods of transport. Ticket acceptance will also be in place with numerous other train operators. I’d like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while Network Rail work at pace to reopen the railway.”

Anyone with an advanced ticket booked with Chiltern will be entitled to a full, fee-free refund or the opportunity to rebook their journey.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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