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London Midland
London Midland

Train operator London Midland is reminding commuters of three sets of rail closures during August that will see no trains running from Dacorum stations into London.

The company has finalised details of the alternative travel arrangements that will be in place for customers who would usually travel between Milton Keynes and the capital,including stations in Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Apsley and Kings Langley,.

The closures form part of an £81million project by Network Rail to improve reliability and punctuality on the West Coast Mainline at Watford.

They will see all services suspended at Hemel Hempstead from Saturday to Monday on August 9 to 11 and 16 to 18, and from Saturday to Tuesday on August 23 to 26 – except on Sunday, August 24 when trains will terminate at Milton Keynes.

Rail replacement coaches will be offered to those who need to travel, while the operator advises passengers to make alternative work or travel arrangements.

London Midland’s project manager for the Watford area renewals programme Rbecca Freeman said: “We know that the closures will affect many people’s travel plans and we’d like to thank our customers in advance for their patience and cooperation.

“During the closures, journey times will be extended and will involve various changes. I urge passengers who need to travel to check in advance and plan their journey.

“We wanted to let our customers know about the reduced service now, so that they have plenty of time to make arrangements.”

The company explained the improvement works are due to finish in April next year, when passengers will benefit from a more reliable train service as a result of the upgraded infrastructure.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “This scheme represents significant investment in the southern end of the West Coast Main Line to improve punctuality and make the railway more reliable.

“This line has seen tremendous growth in traffic and passengers over the last five years with the section at Watford being one of the most intensively used, high-speed sections of track in the UK. This work is absolutely essential to maintain reliable train services for the thousands of passengers who travel on this route every day.”

Click here for more information on alternative travel arrangements, or here for more about the improvement works scheme.