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Travellers facing train disruption over bank holiday weekends

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People who are planning on travelling over Easter Weekend and the early May bank holiday are being warned of disruption to train services.

The advice is to plan ahead as Network Rail engineers carry out major work on the West Coast main line.

Engineering work between Good Friday (19 April) to Easter Monday (22 April):

  • Work to improve points and rail replacement at Milnthorpe in South Lakeland.
  • Track foundation improvements at Upperby in Carlisle.

Engineering work early May bank holiday between Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May:

  • Closure of the West Coast main line closed between Crewe and Carlisle. Numerous projects will be taking place including track and overhead line maintenance and track renewal between Crewe and Carlisle.

London Euston Station will be closed with no trains travelling in or out of the main line on those days.

Alternative routes, longer travel times and busier trains are expected whilst the work is being completed.

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. The alternative would have been closing the line and Euston station over multiple weekends throughout the summer."

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

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