May bank holiday rail users face disruption

 

Major London to Scotland rail routes as well as the main line to south west England are among train services that will be affected by engineering work over the May bank holiday weekend.

Travellers hit by disruption will include thousands of Liverpool fans heading to Wembley for their team's FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday May 5.

A total of around nine million passengers are expected to travel by train over the bank holiday weekend and the rail industry said the "vast majority" of them would be unaffected by the improvement work.

Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies added that there would be around 17% fewer replacement bus services than there were over the 2011 May bank holiday weekend.

The two companies also said that around 45% more trains would run this year than operated during the May bank holiday last year.

But nearly every passenger train company will be operating some replacement bus services over this year's May bank holiday weekend.

Engineering work on one of the main London to Scotland routes - the East Coast - will mean trains travelling towards London on Sunday May 6 will have journey times extended by an hour.

Three lots of engineering work on the other main London to Scotland route - the West Coast line operated by Virgin Trains - will affect passengers, including the Liverpool fans, especially as the cup final is starting at 5.15pm.

All but three of Virgin's Liverpool to London trains have been cancelled that day with the last return service leaving just after 8pm - meaning fans face being stranded in the capital.

The West Coast disruption will affect passengers travelling on London Midland services as well.

Some London Midland trains between London and Crewe/Birmingham New Street will start and finish at Northampton, with buses replacing trains between London and Milton Keynes Central/Northampton.

Virgin Trains is replacing trains with buses on some services between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street, Carlisle and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh.

First Great Western passengers will have to put up with engineering work between Reading West and Newbury in Berkshire with some Reading-Newbury services being replaced by buses.

Some services to and from London's Liverpool Street station will also be affected, with no trains running on Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in Essex on bank holiday Monday May 7.

First Hull Trains' services on Sunday May 6 will start and finish at Peterborough and not run to and from King's Cross.

On bank holiday Monday May 7, Gatwick Express will operate a reduced, half-hourly service until 4pm.

First TransPennine Express services will be affected by four lots of engineering work.

For much of the weekend, buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh and on Sunday May 6 there will be a bus replacement service between Preston and Carlisle.

Services operated by the Northern train company will also be subject to engineering work. Buses will replace trains between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough on Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend and there will be other bus-replacement services operated on some other Northern routes, including York-Poppleton and Whitehaven/Maryport and Carlisle.

On South West Trains, some services between Clapham Junction and Barnes in south west London will be replaced with buses, while on Southeastern buses will replace trains on some services between Strood and Gillingham/Rainham in Kent and on some between Tonbridge and Ashford International and Tonbridge and Maidstone West.

On services run by the Southern train company, buses will replace trains on some Sussex services between Brighton and Lewes and between Horsham and Littlehampton.

The Association of Train Operating Companies and Network Rail (NR) said: "The rail industry has cut its use of rail replacement buses by a third over the last three years.

"NR engineers will be working round the clock to lay new track, improve stations and repair bridges to help deliver a better railway for passengers."

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Life and Style
Suited and booted in the Lanvin show at the Paris menswear collections
fashionParis Fashion Week
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Kara Tointon and Jeremy Piven star in Mr Selfridge
tvActress Kara Tointon on what to expect from Series 3
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
News
An asteroid is set to pass so close to Earth it will be visible with binoculars
news
News
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Austen Lloyd: Private Client Solicitor - Oxford

Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...

Austen Lloyd: Clinical Negligence Associate / Partner - Bristol

Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Consultant - Solar Energy - OTE £50,000

£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...

Recruitment Genius: Compute Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project