Replacing the Siddick bridge in Cumbria, early May bank holiday 2021

Our teams across Britain are preparing to carry out 620 projects worth £80m this late May bank holiday to give you better rail journeys.

Most of the railway will be unaffected but the works will impact some routes so please check your journeys before you travel.

Check with your train operator, via National Rail Enquiries, or by following #MayBHWorks on Twitter.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “We are continuing to invest in our rail network to provide a better service for passengers as they begin to return to the railway in greater numbers.

Why we carry out engineering works over bank holidays

Installing the new Bletchley flyover over the West Coast Main Line, May 2021
Installing the new Bletchley flyover as part of the East West Rail project, early May bank holiday

The major upgrade projects this bank holiday include:

  • Work in and around London King’s Cross as part of the £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade. This will enable more reliable journeys and more seats for you in the future. In fact, once completed, the East Coast Upgrade will enable an extra two long-distance services an hour into and out of London.
  • Track renewals and remodelling works between West Hampstead and Mill Hill Broadway in London to create space for the construction of the new Brent Cross railway station.
  • Installing new overhead line equipment – which gives power to electric trains – at Leeds railway station. We'll also move some of the signalling equipment, which gives trains the information they need to move forward safely, as work gets under way on a major project to upgrade the track layout.
  • Resignalling works at London Victoria to improve passenger safety and increase capacity on the line to East Croydon. As a result, there will be no Southern trains running to/from London Victoria between Saturday 29and Monday 31 May.
  • Track renewals and signalling upgrades on the West Coast Main Line, which runs from London Euston, to improve train service reliability.
  • Track renewals and tamping – to restore the line and level of the track- between Stowmarket and Norwich to improve the infrastructure's reliability.
  • Maintenance works between Guildford and Aldershot/Wokingham that will improve reliability.

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Looking after the railway

Planned works

May bank holiday engineering works

Living by the railway