More than 500 rail projects planned for Bank Holiday weekend

Network Rail is investing £70 million on 550 projects to upgrade the railway over the May Bank Holiday weekend, but is urging passengers on some routes to travel on either side of the weekend if they can. About 95 per cent of the railway will not be affected by engineering work, but there will be no National Rail trains between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston, or between Waltham Cross and Stansted Airport. South of Watford Junction, London Overground and Bakerloo Line services will also mainly be replaced by buses. 

Newly installed signalling equipment is being commissioned on the Northern City Line, so services between Finsbury Park and Moorgate are suspended from 30 April to 2 May, with suburban trains from Hertfordshire diverted to King’s Cross. More resignalling as well as maintenance is being carried out between London Victoria and Balham on 1 and 2 May, so no Southern trains will serve London Victoria. c2c services to London Liverpool Street will be diverted to Fenchurch Street so that parts of the roof at Liverpool Street can be renewed.

In the north of England, work is continuing on the line between Manchester and Stalybridge as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, and replacement buses will run between Stalybridge, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge for connections with Manchester Piccadilly. Buses will replace trains between Newcastle, Sunderland and Hartlepool. On Sunday buses will also be replacing trains between Carlisle and Maryport and between Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.

Northern’s chief operating officer Tricia Williams said: ‘We know the bank holiday provides a great opportunity for people to get out, explore and enjoy all the North of England has to offer. We’re doing all we can to prepare for the weekend and are also asking our customers to plan ahead, expect services to be busy, allow extra time for journeys and, where possible, to avoid travelling during the busiest times.’