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  • Engineering work and service alterations

    Check before you travel

  • Check before you travel August 2015

    August bank holiday

    As part of our railway upgrade plan we will be working for you this bank holiday Saturday 29 to Monday 31 August. Please check before you travel at National Rail Enquiries website.

  • Rugby World Cup, 18 September - 31 October

    Certain routes and railway stations will be much busier than usual during the World Cup.

    We're working with train companies across the country to provide more frequent, longer and later services and all major engineering work on rail routes serving venues on match days has been suspended.

    Journey planner and more information

  • Engineering work

    For details about trains affected by engineering work go to National Rail Enquiries:

    Check a specific train using their journey planner

    Current disruption

    Planned engineering works by date

    Events, festivals and holidays

    Train times may be altered to accommodate increases in demand around sporting events, music festivals and other large scale public events.

    For details visit National Rail Enquiries holidays and events.

    Why do engineering works over bank holidays?

    We carry out maintenance and upgrade work every night of the year. The few hours access to the track that our teams get over night is not enough to complete larger scale work such as:

    • Replacing bridges
    • Changing track layouts
    • Upgrading signalling systems

    We usually have to close a section of the track for 24 hours or more to carry out this work.

    Much of this large scale work is done around public holidays because the railway is relatively quiet for a few days and the inevitable disruption affects fewer people.

    The improvements that we are making allow more trains to run, at higher speeds and also improves the reliability of the rail network, reducing delays in the future.

    For more information, see our page on maintenance and engineering work.