Check Before You Travel On The West Coast Main Line Over Easter and Early May Bank Holidays

Published on : Thursday, March 7, 2019

Network RailNetwork Rail today warned of major changes to train passengers’ journeys over the Easter and early May bank holiday weekends.



Passengers are being advised to plan ahead and check the best days to travel as engineers carry out essential planned work on the West Coast main line.



Euston will be closed over the Easter weekend (19-22 April) and the early May bank holiday weekend (4-6 May), with no trains in or out of the main line station on those days.



This will have a major impact on journeys including alternative routes, longer travel times and busier trains than normal.



Network Rail is carrying out work at London Euston, in the West Midlands, the North West and Cumbria as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.



The work at Euston is in preparation for HS2, Britain’s new high-speed railway, and includes work to clear additional concourse space to help customers move more freely around the station.



Elsewhere on the West Coast main line several sections of track will be completely replaced over both bank holidays, as well as upgrades to overhead lines, signals and points.



Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “We recognise there is never an ideal time to shut the railway for our must-do work. Bank holidays are the least disruptive time to do it, when fewer passengers use the railway compared to the working week. That way we can do the maximum amount of work while impacting the fewest number of people.



“Train companies and Network Rail have worked together to minimise disruption for customers. By doing a lot of work over the Easter and early May bank holidays, we can offer passengers better journeys over the late May and August bank holidays. The alternative would have been closing the line and Euston station over all of these weekends.”



Passengers are being advised to plan their journeys between 19-22 April and 4-6 May, when:




Where the line is open, trains will be running but customers will have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.



Martin added: “The purpose of our essential maintenance and upgrade work is to keep the railway safe and reliable for the hundreds of thousands of passengers who use it every week. To ensure they know what to expect, I would urge passengers to plan journeys in advance and to check the best days to travel  and with their train operators.”



Robert Nisbet, regional director for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the railway, said: “Train companies and Network Rail are working together to make big improvements to today’s railway to add more services, improve punctuality and make journeys better. There’s never a good time to carry out vital engineering work but fewer people travel on bank holidays than on a normal weekday. We’d encourage people to check before they travel by visiting National Rail Enquiries or speaking to their train operator.”



Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations and safety at Virgin Trains, said: “With no services into or out of Euston we strongly advise our customers to avoid travelling to and from London on the days affected. We know this will impact on people’s travel plans, so to make it easier we have removed afternoon peak time ticket restrictions on Maundy Thursday to allow customers to make an earlier start to their Easter weekend.”


Work at Easter between Good Friday and Easter Monday



Best days to travel: Thursday 18 April and Tuesday 23 April.



Work on the West Coast main line between London Euston, Rugby, Milton Keynes and Birmingham International includes:



Work on the West Coast main line between Runcorn, Carlisle and Glasgow includes:



Work on Merseyside and in Greater Manchester includes:

Look ahead to early May bank holiday – Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May



Best days to travel: Thursday 3 May and Tuesday 7 May



Some of the work carried out at Easter will need to be continued between Saturday 4 and Monday 6 May.



Passengers are being advised to plan ahead and check the best days to travel when this essential planned work takes place on the West Coast main line.



This will have a major impact including alternative routes, longer journey times and busier trains than usual.



Over the bank holiday weekend:


Source:- Network Rail


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