Ma­jor rail de­lays over Easter pe­riod

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

COM­MUTERS are brac­ing them­selves for ma­jor Easter dis­rup­tion on the rail­ways as trains be­tween Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don Eus­ton are can­celled on one of the busiest week­ends of the year.

Train users are ad­vised not to travel on Easter Sun­day as en­gi­neer­ing work means Lon­don Eus­ton will ef­fec­tively be shut­down, with no trains run­ning in or out of the sta­tion.

Work is be­ing car­ried out at Wembley, ahead of a large-scale re­place­ment of the old, worn out junc­tion later in the year.

Eus­ton’s Easter Sun­day shut­down will af­fect ser­vices along the West Coast main line, in­clud­ing Birm­ing­ham, Coven­try, Manch­ester, Pre­ston, Carlisle and Scot­land. Ser­vices on Sat­ur­day, March 31 and Mon­day, April 2, will also be busier as fewer trains will be run­ning.

Com­muters are ad­vised Chiltern Trains will run a re­vised timetable over the whole week­end and ser­vices will be run­ning be­tween Birm­ing­ham Moor Street and Lon­don Maryle­bone.

Train travel will be ‘par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult’ over the Easter week­end, with en­gi­neer­ing work also af­fect­ing com­muters trav­el­ling be­tween Birm­ing­ham and Bris­tol.

From Fri­day, March 30, un­til the early hours of Wed­nes­day, April 4, en­gi­neers will carry out Net­work Rail’s largest ever up­grade of sig­nalling equip­ment at Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads.

Trains will op­er­ate from Birm­ing­ham New Street to Bris­tol Park­way, with rail re­place­ment buses then con­tin­u­ing un­til Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads.

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