From 20 May 2019 buses replace trains from Monday-Friday between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone.

This is while Network Rail complete a major upgrade to Stevenage station.

To assist you on your journey and to provide the fastest possible journey, we are operating two direct routes:

Between Stevenage and Watton-at-Stone – served by a people carrier
Between Stevenage and Hertford North – served by a double decker bus
Rail replacement services are timed to connect with train services, please make sure you plan ahead and check your journey at 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
We are providing rail replacement 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 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.

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 infrastructure is currently expected in 2020 and Great Northern expects to resume weekday train services in the Summer 2020 timetable.

In summary:
From 20 May 2019

A rail replacement service began between Stevenage, Watton-at-Stone and Hertford North from Monday – Friday. There is one train per hour along this section on Saturdays and Sundays. Rail services between Watton-at-Stone and Hertford North and onwards towards Moorgate will continue as normal
There is a rail replacement service between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage to replace the rail service between those two points and a second service between Stevenage and Hertford North, to connect with trains to and from Moorgate, in London. Passengers travelling between Hertford North and Stevenage are advised to transfer onto the rail replacement bus at Hertford North, not Watton-at Stone because the overall travel time is shorter

Passenger and project information, including details on ticket acceptance, is available on the Great Northern Rail’s dedicated web page: