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Thameslink has promised regular buses for its replacement service this weekend, with no trains running between London and St Albans Saturday or Sunday.
It's as thousands of people are expected in the city for the annual Albans Pilgrimage and the Albans
The Alban Pilgrimage is the biggest event on the Cathedral calendar, when the martyrdom of Saint Alban is recognised and his importance to the Christian history in the city.
On Saturday 20th June 2015 two significant church leaders will attend the Alban Pilgrimage: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby will attend and preach at the Eucharist, and the Archbishop of Rouen, Mgr Jean-Charles Descubes, will preach at Evensong.
But there are fears engineering work which Thameslink say is "essential" will disrupt many attending.
It's running from approximately 23:30 Friday 19 June to 04:00 Monday 22 June 2015.
Steve Hughes, Area Director for Network Rail, said: “We are completing many different upgrades to our rail network over the weekend of 20 and 21 June. This will bring real benefits for passengers, both in improving day-to-day reliability and providing an improved network which can run more and faster services in the future.
“By completing all of these items of work over a single weekend we minimise the impact upon passengers and we have worked hard with operators to make sure that good alternative travel routes are available. I thank passengers for their patience during this essential work.”
Essential engineering works will be taking place at various locations between St Albans and London to provide a more reliable train service in the future.
This includes track work near Radlett, bridge replacement work at Elstree & Borehamwood and work in preparation for new sidings near Cricklewood.
Thameslink trains will be replaced by buses between St Albans City and London all weekend. Separate buses will also serve intermediate stations between Radlett and Kentish Town.
Journey times will be extended and you should check your times before travelling, or consider using alternative routes.
Bedford passengers can use London Midland services to Bletchley (on Saturday only) and St Albans passengers can use London Midland services from St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction. Frequent services operate from Bletchley and Watford Junction to London Euston, and there are also Southern services running from both Bletchley and Watford Junction to Clapham Junction and East Croydon, with onward connections to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.
Passengers travelling from stations between Elstree & Borehamwood and Kentish Town inclusive to and from Thameslink central London stations may choose to use local bus services to connect with London Underground services, as an alternative to using ‘all stations’ rail replacement buses.
East Midlands Trains services will also be affected by this work, running to a reduced frequency and will be replaced by buses between Luton and London St Pancras International.
To re-plan your journey, telephone National Rail Enquiries on 03457 38 49 50, or click here.
For a map of the affected route and details of replacement bus services, please click here.
Alternative Travel from London to Luton Airport
Arriva Greenline will accept Thameslink customers with valid rail tickets to Luton Airport Parkway or Luton Airport on their route 757 coaches from London Victoria to Luton Airport. This will run from 01:01 on Saturday 20 June until 06:32 on Monday 22 June. Thameslink ticket holders can choose to join the service at Victoria Buckingham Palace Road (Stop 6) or at any of the following stops:
Marble Arch Park Lane (Stop 14)
Gloucester Place, Allsop Arms (Stop S)
Finchley Road station (Stop CL)
A copy of the route 757 timetable is attached.
Please note that ticket acceptance is TO the airport only, to avoid the risk of excessive and unmanageable demand from the airport into London.