We're keeping trains running between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone until May 2019
We will continue running trains between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone until May 2019 and not December 2018 as previously advertised.
From May 2019, rail replacement buses will replace train services between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone. In addition, to provide faster journeys, we will also operate a bus in both directions between Stevenage and Hertford North. Train services between Hertford North / Watton-at-Stone and London will be unaffected.
We are providing rail replacement bus services while Network Rail complete a major upgrade to Stevenage station and the track that connects Stevenage with Watton-at-Stone and destinations further south on the Hertford Loop.
This major upgrade will mean that Great Northern can run more trains per hour between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone. This will mean better links with other destinations on the East Coast Main Line such as Cambridge and it will help to make train services more reliable.
May 2018 - May 2019
- As part of our improvements to the timetable, services betweenWatton-at-Stone / Hertford North and Moorgate will have doubled to two trains per hour in the off-peak – previously only one train per hour
- There is an hourly peak service all day between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage
From May 2019
- A rail replacement bus service will begin between Stevenage, Watton-at-Stone and Hertford North from Monday – Friday. There will be one train per hour along this section on Sundays. Rail services from Watton-at-Stone and Hertford North to Moorgate will continue
- There will be a bus service between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage to replace the rail service between those two points and another bus service between Stevenage and Hertford North, to connect with trains to and from Moorgate, in London. Watton-at-Stone is an unstaffed station with few facilities for those with accessibility needs; Hertford North has lifts and is staffed. When the bus service is introduced, passengers travelling between Hertford North and Stevenage will be advised to transfer onto the rail replacement bus at Hertford North, not Watton-at Stone because the overall travel time is shorter