1. ITV Report

Train travellers warned ahead of West Coast Mainline's Easter closure

Virgin Trains services will be affected. Credit: PA

Railway passengers are being urged to plan ahead, as the West Coast Mainline route is set to be closed on Easter Sunday, 1 April.

The service, which is operated by Virgin Trains, connects Scotland and Cumbria to London Euston.

However, passengers have been told to travel on alternative days, to avoid being caught out by the closure.

Services on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April are also expected to be busier than normal, as fewer trains will be running.

The disruption is part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan, and involves Network Rail engineers doing preparatory work to enable the replacement of north Wembley junction in August.

We have agreed with our partners at Virgin Trains and London Northwestern Railway to do this work on Easter Sunday as it is typically a far less busy train travel day than usual. Doing this on Easter Sunday means as few of their customers as possible will be impacted. It’s the least bad day for it.

– Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail’s London North Western route