Disruption for trains through Preston over Easter Bank Holiday weekend due to engineering works

Train users hoping to travel between on the west Coast Main Line on Easter weekend have been warned to expect disruption due to engineering work.
Train users hoping to travel between on the west Coast Main Line on Easter weekend have been warned to expect disruption due to engineering work.
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Train users hoping to travel on the West Coast Main Line over Easter weekend have been warned to expect disruption due to engineering work.

Network Rail has said that passengers travelling between London and Scotland via the West Coast Main Line from Saturday March 31 to Monday April 2 will be forced to use replacement buses between Glasgow and either Carlisle or Preston, depending on the day of travel.

More than 400 projects are to be carried out nationally as part of a £118 million investment by Network Rail.

London Euston - the UK's fifth busiest station - will be closed on Sunday April 1, with a reduced service on the previous and following day.

Significant work in the Bristol area means no trains will run between Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads and Yatton/Bath Spa from Friday March 30 to Tuesday April 3.

There will also be disruption to services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, as well as routes serving London Paddington.

The engineering projects will hamper the plans of many people hoping to take advantage of the four-day weekend by embarking on leisure breaks with family and friends.

Network Rail says it schedules engineering work for bank holidays as there are fewer passengers than normal on those days.

The public sector company's chief executive, Mark Carne, said: "This Easter, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of the £50 billion railway upgrade plan.

"This huge investment programme will provide faster, better services and help relieve overcrowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain's railways.

"While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this Easter."