Replacement bus service on the Marston Vale Line Image: West Midlands Trains

New timetable from 18 May – Hourly rail replacement bus on Marston Vale Line

London Northwestern Railway is urging passengers to only use the train for essential journeys. This comes ahead of a new timetable coming into effect on 18 May 2020. The timetable includes an hourly rail replacement bus on Marston Vale Line.

Due to social distancing advice train capacity will remain limited. The operator is asking its customers to only travel by train if they have no other option.

Passengers who do use the train are being advised to check their journeys when the latest timetable comes into effect on Monday 18 May.

Those who do travel are urged to follow government advice to wear face coverings while travelling. Other measures such as one-way systems at stations may be in operation.

Passengers are also being encouraged to avoid travelling at peak times and to buy their tickets in advance online.

Lawrence Bowman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said:

“I would like to thank all the people who have stayed away from the railway during the national emergency. Since the travel restrictions have been in place we’ve been able to help thousands of key workers make essential journeys across the region.

“The well-being of our customers and staff is our top priority which is why we are asking our passengers to act considerately and think very carefully if they really need to travel by train.”

London Northwestern Railway services will run to the following frequency from Monday 18 May:

  • Bletchley-Bedford (Marston Vale Line) – Hourly rail replacement bus
  • Northampton-London Euston – 2 trains per hour plus additional morning peak services
  • Milton Keynes/Tring-London Euston – 1 train per hour
  • Birmingham-Liverpool – 1 train per hour
  • Birmingham-Northampton – 2 trains per hour
  • Crewe-London Euston via Trent Valley – 1 train per hour
  • Watford Junction-St Albans Abbey (Abbey Line) – 40-min frequency rail replacement bus

The new timetables will be available to view online at