Major railway work means passengers urged to check before travelling this August

A large programme of essential work this August as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan will provide faster, more reliable journeys, with more frequent rail services.

Anyone planning to travel during August – particularly over the bank holiday (Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August) – is advised to check their journeys on the National Rail website as early as possible.

There will be significant changes to train services across the country, especially on lines to and from London, including the West Coast Mainline.

Work at and on lines into Waterloo, London Bridge, Euston, Liverpool Street and Paddington will affect services to and from these stations.

London’s Marylebone, King’s Cross, St Pancras and Victoria stations are likely to be busier than usual as people travel on alternative routes and services are diverted.

There will also be essential work in the Midlands, in Wales, and across the North as part of the Great North Rail Project – allow more time if you’re travelling between Manchester, Bolton and Preston from 12-28 August.

While there is never an ideal time to carry out engineering work on the railway, our improvements programme takes place when the railway is quietest – up to 50 per cent fewer passengers travel on bank holidays and in summer.

For up-to-date travel information and to check travel plans, see the National Rail website.

Visit our August 2017 page for more details about the railway improvement work.

Less overcrowding and faster, more frequent services

This work is an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, providing faster, more reliable journeys with more frequent rail services on 16 lines into central London.

By 2019, there will be more than 170,000 new seats added to the daily commute in and out of London – a 20 per cent increase – helping to reduce overcrowding on the railway network.

Our Great North Rail Project will mean hundreds more trains can run in the North of England each day, improving connectivity between towns and cities, with quicker and more reliable services.

These are some of the big projects we’re working on this August:

Find out more

National Rail website – for up-to-date travel information

August 2017 – More details about the railway improvement work

Planned works – why we carry out engineering work at weekends and bank holidays