Engineering work is again making life tricky for travellers as one of the UK’s busiest rail stations is shut for the bank holiday weekend.
No trains are running from London Euston until Tuesday, and Network Rail warns the closure will have a “major impact on journeys” as alternatives routes be busier and take longer than usual.
It is the second bank holiday – after Easter two weekends ago– that Euston has closed for the planned HS2 preparation work.
If you’re travelling on the West Coast Mainline taking passengers from Euston to Crewe, Virgin Trains has urged passengers to “avoid travelling on these dates unless you absolutely have to”.
The picture is similar for passengers travelling Birmingham from London, usually there would be three companies from two stations. With Euston closed, all passengers have left is Marylebone as the only surviving route.
Separate engineering work is taking place in the South West with bus replacement services being used between Bristol Parkway and Newport, South Wales.
In Essex, there is upgrading to overhead wiring taking place, meaning no trains on the Shenfield to Southend Victoria/Southminster routes. Thameslink services have also been amended due to track replacement work in London.
Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: “Passengers want and deserve a more reliable railway, and over the May bank holidays thousands of railway workers will be out on the track and working behind the scenes to deliver just that.
“While most of the railway network will be open as usual, some routes will be closed, so if you are thinking about travelling please plan ahead.”
On Sunday, travellers were dealing with the disruption as best they could.