Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th August 2014
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th August 2014
Saturday 23rd – (BH) Monday 25th August 2014
Effects on Local Bus Services at Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station Interchanges
The next phase of the major engineering works on the West Coast Main Line requires closure of the line between London Euston and Hemel Hempstead and the Watford – St Albans Abbey Line on the above dates. As a result rail replacement buses will be operating again between Watford and Stanmore, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. In order to facilitate these, London Midland have announced that as before the station interchanges at Watford Junction and Hemel Hempstead are to be used exclusively for the rail replacement buses, and local bus services that normally use these facilities are being displaced onto the highway network.
In response to this situation we have arranged the following which is generally a repeat of the arrangements made in May:
Following consultation with Watford Borough Council, local buses will be diverted as follows:
Services travelling southbound from St Albans Rd towards the town centre and beyond
These services will use the West Street stop in St Albans Rd, by the junction with Canterbury Rd, for dropping off and picking up passengers. This is a permanent stop but one reserved for bus diversions. There is a bus lay-by here and as the road is two-lane buses will not cause any blockage if they need to queue. Buses then turn left into St Johns Road, then right into Clarendon Rd to pick up normal line of route towards the town centre.
Services travelling northbound from the town centre via St Albans Rd
From Clarendon Rd, buses will turn right into St Johns Rd, then left into Woodford Rd where temporary stops will have been placed along the left-hand side of the road, before existing stops 7 and 8. The stop allocation is fluid so buses should pull up as far forward as possible. On departure buses continue into Station Rd then right into St Albans Rd for normal line of route. The normal metered parking bays in Woodford Rd will be suspended.
TfL Services 142 and 258
These services will use Stops 7 and 8 in Woodford Rd which are their usual drop-off and layover points.
Leavesden Studio Tour Service 311
This service will be able to use Stop 6 in the interchange as usual and is unaffected by the special arrangements.
Bus Layover Facility
London Midland are hopefully allowing the central area in the station interchange to be used by local buses for layover as normal on the Saturdays and Sundays only as before. For northbound services this means vehicles will need to make the loop Clarendon Rd, St Johns Rd, Woodford Rd to reach the pick-up points.
HCC will have Enforcement Officers on hand to provide assistance to local bus passengers and drivers as necessary.
London Midland will have marshals at the station to guide passengers to the rail replacement service, and will also provide help to local bus passengers where possible.
Services travelling towards the town centre
These services will use Stop F, opposite the station. Services coming from the town which terminate at the station will turn at the Fishery Rd roundabout and drop off and pick up for the return journey at Stop F.
Services travelling towards Berkhamsted and 352 to Watford
Services will use Stop E outside the station.
Service 353 Hemel Hempstead – Amersham
This service will not be able to use the stops outside the station so passengers will be directed to the stops in Fishery Rd.
Publicity & Information
The arrangements outlined above will be posted on the Intalink website “Service Disruption” page.
Network Rail notices will be displayed on the electronic screens at Watford Junction, the Intu Centre and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station as soon as we receive them.
Notices will go in all affected bus stops at both sites directing passengers to the temporary stop appropriate for their service as soon as possible from Monday 4th August.
To take note of the special arrangements and ensure that drivers are fully briefed.
HCC Infrastructure Team
Arrange three temporary bus stops to be placed in Woodford Rd, Watford. These are to be placed so that in addition to marking the pick-up points they reinforce the suspension of the parking bays.
Timetable frame to be placed on pole at St Albans Rd, West St stop (21901780)
HCC Publicity Team
Work with Network Rail to display notices on screens at Watford Junction, the Intu Centre and Hemel Hempstead Railway Station.
Post notices at Watford Junction stops summarised as follows:
- Stop 2 – Stop being used by LOROL replacement buses. For local bus services go to St Albans Rd, West St stop.
- Stop 3 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to St Albans Rd, West St stop.
- Stop 4 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Woodford Rd temporary stops.
- Stop 5 – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Woodford Rd temporary stops.
- Stop 6 – Stop being used by Leavesden Studio Tour bus.
Post notices at Hemel Hempstead stops summarised as follows:
- Stop A – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop F. For 353 to town centre go to Fishery Rd
- Stop B – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop F.
- Stop C – Stop being used by London Midland replacement buses. For local bus services go to Stop E. For 353 to Amersham go to Fishery Rd/London Rd, Meadow way
- Stop E – Stop being used by services towards Berkhamsted.
- Stop F – Stop being used by services towards