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Early May bank holiday works

We’ll carry out 550 projects over the early May bank holiday.

Most of the railway will stay open but our works will affect some routes so please check before you travel with National Rail Enquiries or your train operator.

We also ask that you wear a face covering if you can as a courtesy to others.

The projects will include:

  • the commissioning of newly installed signalling equipment on the Northern City Line in London
  • resignalling and maintenance works between London Victoria and Balham in London
  • work to the roof at London Liverpool Street station
  • works between Manchester and Stalybridge
  • track, switches and crossings maintenance at Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire.
Rail workers in orange on new tracks during track installation at Watford over the Easter 2022 bank holliday

Why do we carry out engineering works during bank holidays?

Pre-covid, weekdays were by far the busiest times on the railway so weekends and bank holidays have traditionally been the quietest times for travelling. It’s also meant that carrying out our works over weekends has caused disruption to the fewest possible people.

Watch this video to find out more – and how we usually plan our bank holiday works years in advance:

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