Easter travel: All the cancelled trains and rail works happening this bank holiday weekend

By lunchtime on Maundy Thursday, London Euston station was exceptionally fast paced. From the close of expert services tonight, the terminus for the West Coastline primary line will not reopen until Tuesday 19 April.

Substantial-scale rail engineering function, ensuing in popular line closures, has turn out to be an Easter tradition, and this 12 months Euston is the concentrate on.

Considering the fact that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, travelling styles have altered – but the standard pattern of rail closures proceeds.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, reported: “There is hardly ever an best time to shut the railway and we have to very carefully balance the best time to do this critical function with the wants of our passengers.

“Long bank getaway weekends continue on to give our engineers the time they want to near the railway for intricate jobs like keep track of replacements and bridge overhauls when disrupting the fewest passengers.”

David Sidebottom, director at the unbiased watchdog Transportation Focus, mentioned: “For numerous of us, the Easter weekend is an opportunity to meet buddies and family and consider excursions. Getting able to count on trains operating when they are intended to, is vital.   

“Passengers comprehend that welcome improvements will signify some disruption, but they need to have a lot of information ahead of, during and following. This involves how their journeys are influenced and what their decisions are.

“It will also be important to have lots of staff on hand during the disruption, to information passengers and response any questions.”

What is taking place at London Euston?

The station, which typically hyperlinks London via the West Midlands and northwest England to Scotland, will be fully shut from Great Friday to Easter Monday (15 to 18 April inclusive). The perform is to swap observe and improve switches and crossings.

Avanti West Coastline, the inter-town operator, says: “Our trains will terminate at Milton Keynes or Rugby, in which connections into rail substitute products and services will be available.”

Buses will operate involving Milton Keynes Central and Bedford, connecting mainly into Thameslink trains, and amongst Rugby and Kettering, connecting into East Midlands Railway services.

Which trains are impacted?

  • Birmingham, Carlisle and Manchester expert services will start out or close at Milton Keynes.
  • Liverpool trains will get started/terminate at Rugby.

Moreover the London Euston closure, there will be numerous sets of engineering perform somewhere else on the West Coast key line, like the Coventry-Birmingham segment of the line on Saturday and Sunday (16 and 17 April) for bridge renewal and “HS2 enabling works”.

Crewe, Carnforth and Carstairs will also be influenced – the final of these closing the West Coastline most important line in between Carlisle and Glasgow/Edinburgh. A minimal assistance will run the pretty-but-sluggish way by means of Dumfries among Carlisle and Glasgow Central.

In which else will sense the most major consequences of rail closures?

Airport back links from London are poorly afflicted. The capital’s 3 busiest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – will all be disconnected from the normal community transport inbound links over Easter.

From 15 to 18 April – Very good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive – these strains will be shut:


Piccadilly line Tube trains will not operate in between Acton City and Heathrow. Transport for London (TfL) claims: “Customers for Heathrow are recommended to use TfL Rail or Heathrow Categorical products and services and substitution buses will work.”

TfL Rail departures from London Paddington run four times an hour to Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3, with two journeys every single hour prolonged to Terminal 5. The a single-way fare of £11.60 for TfL trains is a lot less than fifty percent the £25 Heathrow Categorical price.


No trains will run on the primary Gatwick Express/Southern route from London Victoria to Gatwick airport. Different rail companies will run from London Bridge.


Stansted Specific trains will not run, with rail substitution buses working from Waltham Cross to the Essex airport.

Countrywide Categorical supplies a mentor substitute.

Other educate issues?

From the UK’s busiest station, London Waterloo, the line west of Staines will be shut.

The route from Waterloo by way of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset to Exeter will be interrupted amongst Yeovil Junction and Honiton – which is a disgrace for the reason that it’s a wonderful way to vacation amongst the cash and southwest England.

No trains will between London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway by using Amersham.

What about Eurostar?

The educate operator linking London St Pancras with Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam is set for its busiest weekend for the previous two a long time.

On Friday, a Covid-era history of 14 trains will operate just about every way between the British and French capitals.

Eurostar is urging passengers to get there 90 minutes just before departure to move through security and passport checks.

A British pair booked on the 1.31pm on Thursday from London to Paris arrived at St Pancras at 11.45am and have been however some way from the entrance of the queue an hour later on.

They report that passengers booked on imminent trains are staying named ahead, slowing anything down for other passengers.