Passengers travelling between London Euston and Scotland over the early May bank holiday are being urged to travel either side of the long weekend.
At Easter Network Rail invested £22m to improve future journeys for passengers and freight on the West Coast main line and key routes in the Midlands and North West.
Now a further £19.1m is being spent to complete or continue many of those major upgrades to improve passenger and freight journeys for the future.
This work means Euston station will be closed to main line train and London Overground services between Saturday April 30 and Monday 2 May due to major track upgrades in Watford and Wembley, including work to build Britain’s new zero-carbon railway HS2.
Like over Easter, trains will start and finish at Milton Keynes.
Network Rail is advising that the best time to travel will be on Friday 29 April and Tuesday 3 May.
Passengers needing to travel on the days in between could have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.
To plan journeys and for the latest travel information visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/wcml.
Dave Penney, Network Rail passenger director for the North West and Central region, said: “We made great progress on major railway improvements over Easter and I’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience while we carry out more must-do work between April 30 and 2 May. We know there is never an ideal time to shut the railway but bank holidays continue to be the least disruptive time for us to carry out this essential maintenance.
“With Euston closed our advice is once again to travel either side of the bank holiday on Friday 29 April and Tuesday 3 May where possible, and to plan ahead by checking National Rail Enquiries to see how your journey could be impacted.”
The essential work which will require the railway to be closed for periods between 30 April and 2 May are:
- Major track upgrades at Watford and Wembley
- Railway drainage improvements in Camden to protect tracks from future flooding
- Demolition of an old railway bridge between Birmingham New Street and Coleshill
- Signalling – the traffic lights of the railway – being upgraded in Macclesfield
- Bridge upgrade work in Carlisle
- Track foundation strengthening in Warrington and Carlisle
- Track replacement on the West Coast main line in Carstairs in Scotland
Nationally Network Rail is investing £70m on 550 projects to upgrade the railway over the early May bank holiday.