London Midland will be running trains on the main line from London Euston over the weekends of February 14 to 16 and 21 to 23 following a landslide near the tracks in Leamington Spa on January 21.
Network Rail’s planned engineering works for the Watford area would have meant that both lines between London and the West Midlands would have been blocked.
Originally it was estimated that the Chiltern Line would be open before the engineering works at Watford began.
However, Network Rail now expects the route, which connects London Marylebone to Birmingham via Banbury, to remain closed for several weeks. As a consequence the engineering work at Watford has been called off.
Terry Oliver, London Midland’s head of West Coast Services, said: “Postponing the weekend engineering work at Watford is the right thing to do. The Chiltern line is going to be blocked for much longer than everyone originally expected. “Having two main lines from London to the midlands blocked could have caused severe disruption across the whole of the rail network as passengers and freight trains would have very few routes available.”
Details of London Midland’s services over the two weekends will be published on the train company’s website www.londonmidland.com