Rail service improvements and disruptions

02.03.20

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

Network Rail is encouraging passengers to check and plan their journeys in advance over Easter this year due to planned improvement works.

Thousands of rail workers will carry out 420 projects over the Easter period to improve the reliability of Britain’s rail infrastructure and deliver better services for passengers. Network Rail has worked with train operators to plan the upgrade work to minimise disruption.

The major projects taking place over Easter include:

  • Reduced timetable in operation on the West Coast main line between Euston and Watford Junction, Tring, Milton Keynes and Northampton for HS2 enabling works and track renewal.
  • The West Coast main line will also be closed north of Crewe as drainage works between Crewe and Warrington, track renewals at Golborne and switches and crossings renewals at Euxton Junction, improving service reliability. Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh via Birmingham New Street or Nuneaton will depart/terminate at Crewe.
  • On Easter Sunday there will be amended services out of London Paddington due to signalling commissioning works between Paddington and Slough.

You can find a full list of all improvement works here.

Network Rail, Chief Executive, Andrew Haines, said: “We know that train performance has to improve if we are to provide the railway passengers and freight users deserve, which is why this Easter thousands of our colleagues will be working around the clock to deliver crucial upgrades.

“While fewer people travel over bank holidays, some of our passengers will have important travel plans, to go on holiday, or visit friends and family. We are asking those passengers to check in advance whether their journey might be impacted by our upgrade works.”

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