Easter improvement work 2018

We’re working for a safer, more reliable network.

As part of our five-year Railway Upgrade Plan, our teams of engineers and contractors are working day and night to improve the rail network this Easter, from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018 inclusive (Tuesday 3 April for the Bristol area).

The railway will be running as usual across most of the rail network. Some routes will see significant changes to normal services and so passengers need to plan ahead this Easter. 

Why we carry out work at weekends and bank holidays

Plan ahead as some services will be restricted and some will not be running during this time. Remember to check your journey plans on the National Rail website now, before you travel. You can also follow #EasterBHWorks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Passengers reminded to plan ahead this Easter as Network Rail undertakes £118m railway upgrade

Easter by numbers

  • 15,000 strong workforce this bank holiday
  • £118m investment across Britain
  • More than 400 projects


Other work on the railway this Easter

See what else is happening in your local route this bank holiday. All dates inclusive. Rail diversions may be in place – please check your journey plans on Nationalrail.co.uk before you travel, for the latest travel information and updates.


  • Switches and crossings (track) renewal at Gidea Park from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April. This work will reduce the risk of summer speed restrictions and track defects
  • Bridge strengthening work between Colchester and Colchester Town from Saturday 31 March to Monday 2 April, to improve reliability
  • Preparatory work for level crossing renewal between Foxton and Royston on Sunday 01 April, to improve safety
  • Structure renewals and station enhancements between Bethnal Green and Cheshunt from Friday 31 March to Monday 2 April


  • Track renewal at Canonbury from Saturday 31 March to Monday 2 April to improve reliability


  • Rebuilding Livingston South station
  • Laying more than a kilometre of new track on the West Coast Mainline at Carstairs
  • £100m signalling system renewal around the south of Glasgow
  • In the South West, engineers will be laying new tracks and working on improvements to drainage systems underneath the West Coast Mainline at Lockerbie
  • In the North East, engineers will be altering five bridges between Aberdeen and Inverurie as they prepare to double-track the railway

South East

  • Drainage work through the 2 mile Sevenoaks Tunnel from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April
  • Maintenance work for improved safety between Brixton and Loughborough Junction, on Sunday 1 April
  • Track renewal from New Cross Gate to Brockley for improved safety, from Saturday 31 March to Sunday 1 April


  • Reconstruction of Fairfield Street Bridge at Wandsworth
  • Strengthening Hammersmith Road Bridge
  • Resignalling between Vauxhall and Barnes (extending to Richmond and Kew Bridge on Sunday 1 April) for more reliable infrastructure and improved safety