From 18 May 2020 a rail replacement bus service is operating Monday-Saturday between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone
This is while Network Rail complete a major upgrade to Stevenage station.
Please help us keep public transport free for key workers who need it. In line with government advice, you should only be travelling if you are unable to work from home, and only on public transport if you cannot travel by other means. If you must travel, always practice social distancing.
If you have to use public transport, the guidance for passengers on how to travel safely recommends:
- Keep two metres apart from others wherever possible
- Wear a face covering if you can
- Use contactless payment or a smartcard where possible
- Avoid rush hour travel where feasible
- Wash or sanitise your hands before and after travel
- Follow advice from staff and being considerate to others
To assist you on your essential journey and to provide the fastest possible journey, we are operating two direct routes:
- Between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone - served by a single deck bus
- Between Stevenage and Hertford North - served by a double decker bus
Rail replacement services are designed to support social distancing and timed to connect with train services, please make sure you plan ahead and check your journey at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Rail services from Watton-at-Stone and Hertford North towards London are unaffected.
We also have ticket acceptance in place if you would prefer to travel completely by rail, changing trains at either Alexandra Palace or Finsbury Park. More information on ticket acceptance is available at the bottom of this page.
Major upgrades at Stevenage station
Network Rail is currently completing 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 upgrade involves the construction of a new fifth platform at Stevenage and the track, signalling and other infrastructure required to connect it to Watton-at-Stone.
While completion has been delayed because of the impact of coronavirus, 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.
Completion of the upgrade and the resumption of train services is expected later this summer.