Milton Keynes to London rail travel ‘will take two-and-a-half hours over May bank holiday weekend’

Central MK train station
Central MK train station

Train passengers planning a trip from Milton Keynes to London during the May Day bank holiday weekend are being told works could mean journeys taking two-and-a-half hours.

There are less than three weeks to go until the railway line into and out of London Euston closes for the weekend.

As part of Network Rail’s £81m improvement plan to replace 12 miles of track, signalling equipment and overhead power lines in the Watford area, the line will be closed between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston between May 3 to 5.

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

Over the majority of the May Day bank holiday weekend, London Midland will be running train services as far south as Hemel Hempstead and rail-replacement road transport between Hemel Hempstead and Stanmore Underground station.

* On Sunday, trains traveling south will terminate at Northampton. There will be road transport between Northampton and London Euston approximately every 30 minutes.

* From Milton Keynes Central, it will take approximately 2.5 hours to get into central London during the closures (including changes and transfer time).

* After midday on Sunday, there will be road transport form Northampton to Milton Keynes Central and a train service between Milton Keynes Central and Hemel Hempstead. Road transport will run from Hemel Hempstead to Euston and Stanmore.

Barrie Cottam, London Midland’s Head of West Coast services said: “Over the May Day bank holiday weekend, our passengers travelling between Milton Keynes Central and Euston should be prepared for longer journey times and road replacements for part of their journey.

“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.”

London Midland has arranged for its tickets to be valid on Chiltern Trains, East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect, as well as certain London Overground and London Underground routes, for the duration of the closure.

To view London Midland’s alternative travel arrangements for the whole weekend, visit or pick up a leaflet from your local London Midland station.

Remember to check before you travel for any last minute changes.