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Passengers reminded to ‘travel either side’ of Easter bank holiday

  • West Coast main line passengers are urged to travel either side of the Easter bank holiday (Thursday 14 April and Tuesday 19 April)
  • Between Good Friday and Easter Monday no trains will run to or from London Euston – services will start and finish at Milton Keynes
  • Liverpool and Manchester City FA Cup semi-final fans should avoid rail travel to Wembley on Easter Saturday
  • Easter £22m railway improvements will mean better future journeys for passengers and freight

Passengers travelling between London Euston and Scotland over the Easter bank holiday are being urged to travel either side of the long weekend

This Easter Network Rail is investing £22m to improve future journeys for passengers and freight on the West Coast main line and key routes in the Midlands and North West.

Between Good Friday (15 April) and Easter Monday (18 April), Euston station will be closed to main line train services due to major track upgrades in Watford, including work to build Britain’s new zero-carbon railway HS2.

Instead trains will start and finish at Milton Keynes.

Network Rail is advising that the best time to travel will be on Thursday 14 and Tuesday 19 April.

Passengers needing to travel on the days in between could have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.

To plan journeys and for the latest travel information visit:

Other essential work which will require the railway to be closed at points over the bank holiday include:

  • 1km of track drainage being replaced at Beechwood Tunnel between Birmingham International and Coventry
  • Bridge renewal works at Coventry South Junction and HS2 enabling works at Hampton-in-Arden*
  • Rugby Road railway bridge in Leamington Spa being replaced as part of a £2.4m investment
  • Signalling and track improvements on lines around Crewe station
  • Railway foundation stone upgrades on the West Coast main line at Carnforth
  • Track replacement on the West Coast main line in Carstairs in Scotland
  • Changes to trains between Liverpool and Manchester due to track maintenance around Liverpool South Parkway**
  • Manchester City and Liverpool football fans are being advised against travelling by rail to and from the FA Cup semi-final on Easter Saturday during the major railway improvements.

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