Rail users told to avoid travelling into London for three weekends later this month – NW Evening Mail



This means Euston station will be closed and trains from the North unable to stop in London.

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By Vanessa Sims

6 August 2018 4:01PM

PASSENGERS using the West Coast Main Line are being urged to avoid all but essential rail travel to and from London over three consecutive weekends starting later this month.

As part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is replacing North Wembley junction – a major intersection on Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway.

This means Euston station will be closed and trains from the North unable to stop in London.

Rail bosses said the junction is old and replacing it will mean passenger and freight users will benefit from better, more reliable journeys in future.

But unfortunately doing this vital job requires shutting the line.The closures will take place over the following three weekends:18-19 August, 25-27 August (bank holiday weekend), 1-2 September.

Martin Frobisher, managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “There is never an ideal time to shut the railway but these three weekends are the least disruptive times to do it.

“We have worked together for the past three years with train operators to carefully plan this closure of the railway in a way that minimises impact on customers.

“It’s vital the track at north Wembley is replaced to continue to safely meet the huge demand of passenger and freight rail services on the West Coast main line.

“This work will result in better, more reliable journeys in future.”Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations and safety at Virgin Trains on the west coast, said: “With no services into or out of Euston we strongly advise our customers to avoid travelling to London on the days affected.

“We know this will impact on people’s travel plans, particularly over a Bank Holiday weekend so to make it easier we are lifting peak restrictions on the Fridays before these dates from 09:30 for the whole day.”

Train passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast and using information on their train operators’ websites.

7 August 2018 5:01PM