Bank holiday upgrades for passengers

This Easter we'll deliver more than £100m of investment in a better railway.

Between Friday 19 and Monday 22 April inclusive, a 13,800-strong workforce will work around the clock to keep the railway open and deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and services for passengers.

It's part of our five-year railway upgrade plan -  that will improve passenger journeys in the months and years ahead.

As a result, we're advising passengers to check their journeys over the Easter bank holiday before they travel.

Most of the country’s services will be unaffected because this Easter’s engineering programme is the quietest for many years. However, some routes will undergo significant changes to normal services.

Check your journey

There are a number of ways you can check your journey before travelling. Please visit the National Rail Enquires below for travel and service information, or check for service changes by your train operating company. You can also follow #EasterRailWorks on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

What's happening across Britain this Easter?

  • Significant work along the route from London Euston to Glasgow – the West Coast Main Line – will mean closures of the line at London Euston, near Preston and Glasgow. There will be no trains running to or from London Euston station from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April.
  • Improving the reliability of the line between London Fenchurch Street station and Barking by replacing two bridges and renewing the track will mean no trains running to or from London Fenchurch Street. Instead, services will be diverted to and from London Liverpool Street station from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April and buses replacing trains between Barking and Aldgate East.
  • Significant electrification work (including installing foundations, masts, overhead line equipment and fencing) between Cardiff Central station and Severn Tunnel junction from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April will mean buses will replace trains between Bristol/Chepstow and Newport.
  • Upgrading the overhead wiring system on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment. This means buses will replace train services between Shenfield and Southend Victoria/ Southminster from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April.


We're carrying out significant upgrades between London Euston and Glasgow