Passengers reminded to check before they travel over May bank holidays

  • Railway open for ‘business as usual’ over both May bank holiday weekends (4 – 6 and 25 – 27 May) as majority of the network is unaffected
  • A 22,000 strong workforce will work around the clock over both May bank holiday weekends
  • London Euston station and sections of the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow will be closed on 4-6 May

Ahead of the Early May bank holiday weekend, Network Rail is reminding passengers to check before they travel as it carries out a programme of engineering work to deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and better services for passengers.

Most of the country’s services are unaffected, but some routes will still see significant changes to normal services, so passengers need to plan ahead this May. The route between London Euston to Glasgow – the West Coast Main Line – sees closures of the line at London Euston, near Crewe and Glasgow. There will be no trains running to or from London Euston station and the station will be closed from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May.

The railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays so doing work at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers who, as research shows, understand the need for such activity.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “Passengers want and deserve a more reliable railway, and over the May bank holidays, thousands of railway workers will be out on the track and working behind the scenes to deliver just that. While most of the railway network will be open as usual, some routes will be closed, so if you are thinking about travelling please plan ahead.”

A breakdown of how some journeys will be affected can be found by visiting and following #MayBHworks on Twitter.