Rail workers on the train line

Major closures and delays for May bank holiday

Network Rail will be carrying out upgrades and general maintenance work between 1st and 3rd May, with further added improvements to speed, reliability and comfort of each train.

The announcement was made as the company looks to insure the UK’s rail infrastructure is prepared and viable with increased journeys and passengers.

Euston station will be closed to main line train services while track upgrades take place in London, Watford and Milton Keynes.

Northern tracks will also receive attention with further upgrades between Preston and Penrith and in Trafford, Manchester.

Network rail has advised passengers to travel on 30th April and 4th May, as passengers on the days in between will have longer journeys, and have fewer available seats and may need to use rail replacement buses.

Network Rail’s West Coast South Route Director James Dean said: “There is never an ideal time to shut the railway and we have worked hard to minimise disruption across the spring and summer – including moving work over the Easter and Spring bank holidays”

“It is fantastic to see more passengers return to the railway and we want to make journeys as easy as possible for those travelling over bank holidays. We are carefully balancing that with the need to carry out essential railway improvements and maintenance to provide a safe and reliable railway for the future.

The early May bank holiday will also be a major milestone for the East West Rail project - as work continues to reinstate a rail route between Oxford and Bletchley for the first time in more than 50 years.

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