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  1. Meridian

Station closed for £900m upgrade

As thousands head off for the Easter weekend, commuters who travel through Reading are being warned of disruption as the station is closed due to £900m upgrade.

There are no direct services from Swindon, Oxford and Newbury to London. Trains from Bournemouth and Southampton to the north will also be affected. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

Parents 'under pressure' to spend at Easter

Easter chicks Credit: PA

Families in London have admitted to finding the Easter holidays stressful.

That is according to the charity Action for Children, who say parents feel under pressure to spend money on keeping everyone in the family entertained.

The study found that, on average, more than £240 is spent per family during the Easter break


Reading Station closes over Easter

Thousands of people are expected to leave London in the next 24 hours to get away for the long Easter weekend.

But if you're heading West by train, you'll be faced with disruption and longer journeys.

That's because a new station is being built at Reading. Network Rail says passengers will see the benefit of the 900-million pound project, but bosses admit that things won't be running smoothly this weekend.Here's Mike Pearse.

17 million cars to take to the roads

17 million cars will take to the roads over Easter

The AA estimates 17 million cars will take to the roads over the holiday period, with the busiest periods expected to be this afternoon and Good Friday morning.

But they added that the roads may not be as busy as usual as the cold weather was likely to make this more of a "stay-at-home Easter".

Visit England said around 6% of the adult population were planning a break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay this Easter.

These trips were likely to generate around £600 million for the UK economy.

Weekend tube line and station closures

Most lines are affected by engineering work over the Easter weekend


On Monday only, there is no service between Gloucester Road and Aldgatevia Victoria as well as between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.


On Monday only, there is no service between Earl’s Court and Aldgate East.


Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.


There is no service from Friday – Monday between West Hampstead and Stanmore.


There is no service from Friday – Monday between Aldgate and Croxley/Rickmansworth/Uxbridge

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday


There is no service from Friday – Monday between Kennington & CamdenTown via Bank and also between Camden Town and Edgware.

The Waterloo & City line will run for longer on Friday, Saturday & Monday from 08:00 – 22:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 20:00 to provide an alternative route.


There is no service from Friday – Monday between Canning Town and Beckton.


On Sunday only, there is no service between Sandilands and New Addington


  1. Anglia

Airport advice in preparing for Easter getaway

Stansted airport is expecting more than 220,000 passengers through the terminal over the Easter weekend.

"To help cope with the increase in passengers, we will have more staff on duty across the Easter holidays to help passengers through the airport safely and securely and get their holidays off to a flying start. It's also vital that passengers prepare correctly before setting off for the airport as we want them to get it right and avoid unnecessary delays."

– Neil Banks, Stansted's Terminal Manager

This is some of the advice from Stansted:

  • Check your flight status with your airline's website before you leave home
  • Pack liquids, gels and pastes in hand luggage into a clear re-sealable plastic bag
  • Check the latest security information on the airport website
  • Arrive at the airport two hours before your flight's departure time

Thousands escaping the cold weather

Around 600,000 passengers are expected to leave from Heathrow airport, 214,000 from Gatwick, 110,000 from Stansted and 55,000 from Luton this weekend, as cold Britons jet out for some sunny relief to the extended winter weather.

Journeys will be affected by the major building work at Reading while some travellers could be held up by work on the West Coast Main Line in the West Midlands. A strike at French ports has been called off though.

The Highways Agency has suspended road works over Easter on a number motorways and major roads but works remain on the M1 near Milton Keynes.

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