• Railway open for ‘business as usual’ over the Late May bank holiday weekend (Saturday 25 – Monday 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

Ahead of the Late 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.

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 Late May bank holiday, 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 nationalrail.co.uk/May and following #MayBHworks on Twitter.


Notes to editors:

Impacts on services as a result of the Late May bank holiday engineering work:

Late May bank holiday – Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May (inclusive):

  • Significant work along the route from London Euston to Glasgow – the West Coast Main Line – sees changes to services across the route throughout the bank holiday weekend
  • Work to replace the track between Farringdon and West Hampstead means Thameslink services will be diverted to start/terminate at St Pancras, London Bridge or Blackfriars stations from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May
  • Upgrading the overhead wiring system between Wickford to Southend Victoria. This will see buses replace train services between Wickford and Southend Victoria from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June
  • On the Great Eastern Main Line, work to renew overhead line equipment, switches and crossing – movable sections of rail that guide trains from one track to another- and track maintenance will see buses replace trains between Ipswich and Norwich/Bury St Edmonds from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May