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Passengers face rail delays during Euston closure

21 August 2018 08:09

Euston station will be closed for upgrades

Euston station will be closed for upgrades

Holidaymakers using the West Coast main line face delays this August bank holiday Monday as Euston station will be closed for upgrades.

The popular station will be closed for a total of three consecutive weekends this summer, including this weekend's busy bank holiday (August 25-27).

Network Rail is urging West Coast rail passengers to avoid all but essential travel to and from the capital over the holiday weekend.

The station will also be closed the following weekend, September 1-2


The station is closing as part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan, which includes Network Rail replacing North Wembley junction - a major intersection on Europe's busiest mixed-use railway.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail's London North Western route, said: "There is never an ideal time to shut the railway but these three weekends are the least disruptive times to do it.

"We have worked together for the past three years with train operators to carefully plan this closure of the railway in a way that minimises impact on customers.

"It's vital the track at North Wembley is replaced to continue to safely meet the huge demand of passenger and freight rail services on the West Coast main line. This work will result in better, more reliable journeys in future."

Plan ahead

Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations and safety at Virgin Trains on the West Coast line, said: With no services in to or out of Euston we strongly advise our customers to avoid travelling to London on the days affected.

"We know this will impact on people's travel plans, particularly over a bank holiday weekend, so we encourage customers to plan ahead and where possible travel at other times."

While trains are not running out of Euston, alternative options include rail replacement buses and tickets being valid on other reasonable journeys.

The closures will hit the busy Manchester to London route, with Virgin announcing that they will run their services to and from Milton Keynes via Crewe and to and from Rugby via Stoke.

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