London Midland prepares Leighton passengers for August closures

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Leighton’s rail travellers are being warned of disruption to train services as the line into and out of London Euston closes for three weekends.

As part of Network Rail’s £81m improvement plan to replace track, signalling equipment and overhead power lines in the Watford area, the line will be closed between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston on August 9-10, 16-17, and 23, 24 (line closed from Milton Keynes) and 25.

The operator says the project will deliver a more reliable train service for passengers along the West Coast main line.

During the closures, London Midland will be running train services as far south as Hemel Hempstead and alternative road transport between Hemel Hempstead and Stanmore Underground station (calling at stations along the route) approximately every 30 minutes.

On Sunday, August 24, trains will run as far south as Milton Keynes Central. Road transport will operate between Milton Keynes Central and Stanmore Underground Station (calling at stations along the route) approximately every 30 minutes.

Also, on Monday, August 11 and 18, London Midland is warning commuters to check before they travel, as there will be a reduced train service in operation to and from London Euston for the majority of the day.

Terry Oliver, London Midland’s Head of West Coast services said: “On these two Mondays, due to the limited train service, passengers may wish to consider taking advantage of flexible working or annual leave.

“During the August closures, our passengers travelling between Leighton Buzzard and Euston should be prepared for longer journey times and changes on to road transport.

“London Midland will continue to update customer information and will have staff at stations along the closed route to provide assistance over the weekend.

“We’d like to thank our passengers in advance for their patience and co-operation.”

London Midland has arranged for its tickets to be valid on Chiltern Trains, East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect, as well as selected London Overground and London Underground routes during the closures.

For more information on alternative travel arrangements, visit or pick up a leaflet from a station.

Remember to check to plan journeys and for any last minute changes.