London buses to replace some Underground trains this weekend including Night Tube

By Staff

Some London Underground trains will be replaced by buses this weekend (March 23-24). TfL says this is due to planned works.

In an email to customers on Thursday (March 21), officials confirmed that there would be no service on the Central line between Woodford and Epping. This included the Friday and Saturday Night Tube.

Advice read: “Rail replacement buses will run direct between Loughton and Theydon Bois, and between Woodford and Epping. During Friday and Saturday Night Tube, rail replacement buses will run between Woodford and Loughton only.”

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It comes as an emergency timetable is being rolled out on the Central line amid delays due to a shortage of trains. The disruption is due to the route’s aging trains as motors break down.

The new schedule means customers can expect a train every three minutes in the central section of the line. This will extend to five and to 10 minutes on the route’s branches.

But, officials have highlighted that this would still mean ‘more even intervals between trains than at present’. Meanwhile, the Night Tube on the Central line had a train every 12 minutes in the central section in February. This was ‘far below’ the service that will be delivered by the new timetable, TfL promised.

Engineers ‘working round the clock’ to address Central line issues

In this week’s advisory email, TfL added: “We are sorry for the continued disruption on the Central line. We are working round the clock to address the issues, which has helped deliver a more even and certain service, while ensuring the safety of our customers and colleagues.”

Customers have been advised to plan ahead, allow more time for their journey and consider alternative routes if they are travelling on the Central line into, or through, Central London. For more information, including on how regularly you can expect services to run, TfL advises visiting its travel advice page.

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