FYLDE passengers heading to or from London this Christmas face long delays on the West Coast Main Line.
Network Rail has announced it is to carry out major engineering work as part of the £125m Bletchley resignalling project, designed to speed up trains on the line in the future.
The southern part of the line will be closed for several days and Network Rail said there will be no direct services from Euston to Manchester on Sunday and Monday December 23 and 24.
Hourly services, rather than the current three hourly trains, will run from Euston via an alternative route to Nuneaton where passengers will have to change for trains heading to all destinations.
Journeys throughout the period could be increased by around two hours.
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations at Network Rail, said: “We understand and regret the impact this will have on passengers and freight services. But we believe it is unfortunately necessary to achieve the long-term benefits this work will deliver for many years to come.”