• £113m Railway Upgrade Plan investment to track, overhead lines and signalling will make Britain’s rail network more reliable for future journeys
  • The investment means changes to journeys between Euston, the Midlands, North West and Scotland this Easter
  • Passengers please plan ahead if travelling between 10-13 April

Rail passengers were today warned of changes to train journeys over the Easter bank holiday weekend when major railway improvements take place.

Network Rail is carrying out essential work between 10-13 April at London Euston, in the West Midlands, the North West, Cumbria and in Scotland as part of Britain’s £113m Railway Upgrade Plan this Easter.

This includes a major junction being replaced at Euxton near Preston, track renewal work in Wolverhampton, and between Carstairs in Scotland and Carlisle in Cumbria, as well as upgrades to overhead lines, signals and points.

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West and Central region, said: “There’s never a perfect time to close parts of the railway to make improvements, but bank holidays and weekends are the quietest times when the fewest people use the railway. We work closely with our industry colleagues to get as much work done as possible during the closures and minimise its impact on people’s journeys.”

Sections of the line will be closed to trains with rail replacement buses running to keep people on the move.

Where the line is open, trains will be running but customers will experience service changes and have longer journeys with fewer available seats.

Passengers are advised to plan journeys in advance and to check before travelling at www.nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast.

Gus Dunster, executive director operations & safety for Avanti West Coast, said: “We know this will impact on customers’ travel plans, particularly over a Bank Holiday weekend. That’s why we have tried to give as much notice as possible. The best advice is to check before you travel and expect services to be busier than usual, with in some cases extended journey times.”

Following Easter, other key weekends of Railway Upgrade Plan work, agreed with the rail industry, are as follows:

  • 2–3 May
  • 9–10 May (after VE Day bank holiday Friday)
  • 23–25 May (late May bank holiday)
  • 10 weekends of work between Carstairs and Carlisle (Saturday 4 April – Sunday 7 June)

Parts of the West Coast main line will also be closed during these weekends with rail replacement buses in operation.

Passengers can check their journeys for those dates at www.nationalrail.co.uk.