It’s coming up to the Bank Holiday Weekend in England and Wales.
And that’s the “go” signal for engineering works on the UK Rail network.
Network Rail continues to insist that the railways are quieter than normal during bank holidays – and the perfect time to conduct engineering work.
Here are some of the big things that will hit you over the Bank Holiday weekend
Heathrow Express/TfL Rail
Normal service is expected to run
Gatwick Express/Southern/Thamslink (London to Gatwick)
Normal Service on Gatwick Express and Southern. Thameslink will operate a revised timetable.
East Coast Main Line
No services from Kings Cross…
There are no services from Kings Cross and Moorgate this weekend, with a reduced service on Monday. Passengers are asked to complete travel today, and avoid travelling during the weekend.
To re-iterate, no trains will operate between:
- Peterborough and London Kings Cross / London St Pancras
- Cambridge and London Kings Cross / London St Pancras
- Hertford North and Moorgate.
No Grand Central trains will run. Hull Trains will operate a very limited service. Thameslink will not run between Peterborough/Cambridge and London. Great Northern will run between Cambridge and Kings Lynn only.
LNER will run a very limited service from Scotland and the north of England to Peterborough. Trains will be extremely busy and you are advised to reserve a seat, otherwise you may have to stand for all or part of your journey.
There are also major works in the Newark Area too which will impact LNER and East Midlands Railway Services
West Coast Main Line
Two out of the four lines will be closed during the holiday between London and Milton Keynes Central. Most services are cut to 1 service per hour to most destinations
In addition, on Sunday until 08:30, buses will replace trains between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central / Northampton.
There will be additional capacity on Sunday to Manchester (for Pride celebrations), but expect congestions – and reserve your seat in advance
If the message isn’t clear – it should be now – plan ahead. A bank holiday is normally an excuse for the roads to get busy, trains to get crowded and some vastly unpleasant travel.
The full list is at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/222955.aspx, which if you have travel plans this weekend – I urge you to check before you travel.
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