New track at North Wembley Junction.(Network Rail Image)
West Coast main line train passengers are being urged not to travel to and from London this weekend and next when Euston station will be closed.
Customers are instead being advised to plan their journeys on dates other than 25-27 August and 1-2 September – or risk far longer, busier and less comfortable journeys than normal.
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 weekends:
• 25-27 August (bank holiday weekend) • 1-2 September
Train passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Customers are asked not to travel this bank holiday weekend. If customers must travel, they’re advised to expect a very different journey to normal – busier trains, longer, diverted routes and train timetable changes.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route said:
Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations and safety at Virgin Trains on the west coast, said:
Andrew Conroy, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway said:
The first stage of the work was completed last weekend and the West Coast main line fully reopened on Monday (20 August) on time, as planned, with services running to a normal timetable.
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/