Euston shut 18-19 + 25-27 August + 1-2 September.(Network Rail Image)
Passengers from the North West who are planning to use Euston station to travel to London over three consecutive weekends in August and September are urged to avoid rail travel to and from the station.
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.
The junction is old and replacing it will mean passenger and freight users will benefit from better, more reliable journeys in future.
Unfortunately doing this vital job requires shutting the line. The least disruptive time to do this work, jointly agreed by rail industry partners, is over the following three weekends:
- 18-19 August
- 25-27 August (bank holiday weekend)
- 1-2 September
The Euston shutdown will impact all services on the West Coast main line including trains serving Penrith, Oxenholme, Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Manchester, Liverpool, Stoke, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington and Blackpool.
Train passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk/
If customers cannot avoid travelling on these weekends and plan to attend cultural or sporting events including the Rugby Challenge Cup at Wembley and football fixtures in London, they’re advised to expect very different journeys to normal – busier trains and longer, diverted routes. The advice is, as always to ‘check before you travel’ at www.nationalrail.co.uk
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 the 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 we encourage customers to plan ahead and where possible travel at other times.”
Andrew Conroy, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway said:
“Our aim is to keep people moving if they have to travel on these dates. Improvement works are never convenient for anyone, but we have a tried and tested plan for operating buses to connect with alternative routes to and from London when Euston is closed. We still advise customers to travel on alternative days as these options will take significantly longer.”
Euston’s shops and access to London Underground will remain available throughout the three weekends.
All customers are urged to check www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Virgin Trains services will start and finish at a combination of Rugby and Milton Keynes, with a reduced service north to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Scotland.
London Northwestern Railway On 18 & 19 August services will start and terminate at Hemel Hempstead.
From 25 – 27 August, services will start and terminate at Hemel Hempstead. Buses will also replace trains between Birmingham International and Rugby due to work at Coventry.
On 1 & 2 September services will start and terminate at Milton Keynes Central.
During this work, buses will connect train services to Stanmore Underground station for alternative connections to and from central London.
The closures will impact all West Coast main line train services as far afield as Edinburgh and Glasgow and all services on other routes are expected to be busier and take longer than usual. Queuing systems will be in place at some stations, and bus replacements may also be used – passengers are urged to not travel on these three weekends unless essential.
A national advertising campaign was launched in early July to raise awareness about the changes to services. Adverts are on websites, at train stations and on commercial radio stations in areas serving the West Coast main line on the route to and from Euston. There are station announcements and train operating companies are reminding passengers of the closures.
There are programmes of events and sporting fixtures across the country over the three weekends. Network Rail is working with event organisers and clubs to help make sure that visitors are aware of the closures at Euston. Passengers should plan ahead and always check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk/