London Northwestern Railway passengers are advised that rail replacement bus services will be in operation on the Abbey and Marston Vale branch lines today (Friday 20 March 2020) due to a shortage of available train crew.
With several staff members unavailable to work due to self-isolating against COVID-19, the operator has had to focus resource on the core West Coast Main Line routes to and from London Euston.
Replacement buses will be in operation on both routes, serving:
- Stations between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey (Abbey Line)
- Stations between Bedford and Bletchley (Marston Vale Line)
Lawrence Bowman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said:
“We apologise to our customers on the Abbey and Marston Vale Lines that in these challenging times we cannot run a train service for them today. Along with every employer in the country, we are feeling the effects of COVID-19 and we must use our resources in the most effective way possible.
“While passenger numbers are significantly down due to COVID-19, we know there are still many thousands of people, including vital public service workers, who still need to travel. Passengers can be assured we are developing contingency plans to allow us to run a regular, reliable and robust service over coming weeks and months.”