Rail travellers warned of changes as buses replace trains from Banbury this weekend

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Rail travellers are warned of changes as buses replace Chiltern Railways trains from Banbury this weekend.

Passengers on Sunday (July 14) are urged to check their journeys as the line will be closed between Bicester North and Leamington Spa for engineering works.

There will be no through trains between London Marylebone and Birmingham and no services will operate from Bicester North station. Customers will need to use rail replacement buses to complete their journey, if travelling through the affected area. Most journey times will be considerably longer than usual, and customers should check their journey before setting off. Journey planners have been updated.

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Bridge works between Bicester North and Kings Sutton and tunnel works between Banbury and Leamington Spa mean customers should allow extra time when travelling.

Travellers are warned to leave extra time for journeys with Chiltern Railways as buses will substitute trains through Banbury on SundayTravellers are warned to leave extra time for journeys with Chiltern Railways as buses will substitute trains through Banbury on Sunday
Travellers are warned to leave extra time for journeys with Chiltern Railways as buses will substitute trains through Banbury on Sunday

Rail replacement buses will operate between Bicester Village - Banbury - Leamington Spa; Bicester Village - Banbury - Stratford Upon Avon and Bicester Village - Kings Sutton – Banbury.

Rail replacement buses will run from Bicester Village for journeys to and from Marylebone. Buses from Leamington Spa will connect with trains for journeys to and from Birmingham Moor Street.

Customers are advised to allow extra time for their journey, book tickets in advance via the website or Chiltern App and check their journey before travelling.

  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Stourbridge Junction.