London Euston Closures.(Network Rail Image)
- London Euston station shut 1-2 September
- To allow Network Rail to replace North Wembley junction
- Train customers advised to travel on other days
Customers are instead being advised to plan their journeys on dates other than 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, has been over three summer weekends. Work to replace the junction has been progressing well and to complete the final stage of work, Euston will be closed this weekend (1-2 September).
Train passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Customers are advised not to travel by train on the West Coast main line to and from London this weekend. If customers absolutely cannot avoid train travel, they can 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:
“Our message to West Coast train customers this weekend (1-2 September) is: ‘Do not travel.’ Instead please plan your journeys on other days.
“If you absolutely cannot avoid travel on these dates, expect a very different journey to what you’re used to – busier trains, less chance of a seat, diverted routes taking far longer than usual.
“There is never an ideal time to shut the railway but these weekends have been 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, 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.”
The second of three stages of work to replace the junction was completed over the bank holiday weekend and the West Coast main line fully reopened on Tuesday (28 August) on time, as planned, with services running to a normal timetable.
Euston’s shops and access to London Underground will remain available this weekend.
All customers are urged to check www.nationalrail.co.uk/