We’re making major improvements on the railway between London Euston and Scotland over Spring and Summer 2021

Over Spring and Summer 2021, we’re delivering a major programme of improvements that will make passenger journeys more reliable and ease pressure on the West Coast main line by adding more railway capacity.

This work is part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan and HS2 Phase One, and will be delivered over weekends, bank holidays and extended closures of the railway.

What’s happening?

HS2 work at London Euston

Two lines into London Euston station will be closed for two six-week periods to enable the new HS2 terminus to be built:

  • 2 April to 17 May 2021
  • 17 July to 31 August 2021.

Weekend work will also take place between April and the end of August.

Most train services will continue running while this work takes place, but there will be some timetable and platform alterations.

West Coast main line weekend and bank holiday upgrades

Other essential rail upgrades are planned over the Easter, Early May, Spring and August bank holiday weekends:

  • 2 to 5 April (Easter bank holiday)
  • 4 April to 4 June (Scotland rail renewal work over 10 weekends)
  • 1 to 3 May (early May bank holiday)
  • 29 to 31 May (late May bank holiday)
  • 28 to 30 August (Summer bank holiday).

These upgrades include:

  • Major track renewals between Rugby – Birmingham, Crewe – Warrington, Preston – Lancaster and Carstairs – Carlisle
  • Further work on the Bletchley flyover as part of the East West Rail project.

This means stations and trains between Euston and Scotland may be busier, services will change, journeys may take longer and in some instances, buses will replace trains.

The benefits

Better journeys for passengers

Improving infrastructure along the West Coast main line is vital to improve journeys for passengers by providing a safe, reliable railway.

More capacity

London Euston is a major interchange station and the gateway to the UK’s busiest mixed-use passenger and freight rail route. HS2 will provide much-needed capacity and ease pressure on the West Coast main line.

Planning your journey

The rail industry has worked closely to combine this work at Euston and other West Coast rail upgrades as much as possible to minimise disruption to passengers. By carrying out the work over longer periods of time, it will be completed more quickly. This means there will be less passenger disruption.

More information about the impact of this work on local timetables will be available closer to the time.