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Region's train passengers facing major disruption

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Rail users in Cumbria and southern Scotland are facing major disruption over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

West Coast main line passengers are being warned not to travel to and from London from 25-27 August as Euston station is closed while Network Rail replace the North Wembley junction.

And the RMT Union has called another 24-hour walkout tomorrow as part of its long-running dispute with operator Northern over the role of train guards.

Routes in Cumbria including the Settle-Carlisle and Cumbria Coast lines are set to be among those affected by RMT strike action.

“Our message to West Coast train customers this August bank holiday (25-27 August) and on 1-2 September is: ‘Do not travel.’ Instead please plan your journeys on other days.

“If you absolutely cannot avoid travel on these dates, expect a very different journey to what you’re used to – busier trains, less chance of a seat, diverted routes taking far longer than usual.

“There is never an ideal time to shut the railway but these weekends are the least disruptive times to do it.

“We have worked together for the past three years with train operators to carefully plan this closure of the railway in a way that minimises impact on customers.

“It’s vital the track at north Wembley is replaced to continue to safely meet the huge demand of passenger and freight rail services on the West Coast main line. This work will result in better, more reliable journeys in future.”

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