PRN: Network Rail Improvement Work Means Changes to Virgin Trains' Services Over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend

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Network Rail Improvement Work Means Changes to Virgin Trains' Services Over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend

 
[27-April-2012]
 

LONDON, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

 Normal Service all day on Friday and Bank Holiday Monday Afternoon and Evening    

There will be alterations to services over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend because of route improvement work but the principal travel days of Friday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoon and evening will see full scheduled services operating.  

On the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the holiday weekend there will be work taking place at various times between Euston and Rugby, Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street, and between Crewe and Glasgow/Edinburgh.  

Friday, 4 May

There will be a normal Friday which includes extra services to Preston.

Saturday, 5 May

After 08:00 there will be no train services between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe although a replacement coach service will run serving Runcorn.  Passengers travelling from Liverpool to Euston should travel via and change at either Chester, Manchester Piccadilly or Stockport for the quickest services to Euston.  

Because of route improvement work between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay from 11:00 and between Crewe and Wigan North Western after 18:00, Birmingham to Scotland services will be diverted via an alternative route and will terminate at Carlisle.  Replacement coaches will then convey passengers to Edinburgh or Glasgow.  After 18:00 replacement coaches will also run between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay and between Warrington Bank Quay and Wigan North Western. Passengers travelling between London and Scotland are advised to use the East Coast route, althoug! h there will be three direct early morning services from Glasgow to Euston.

Sunday 6 May

Route improvement work will be taking place all day at various locations between Rugby and Euston.  An approximate hourly service will run from Nuneaton to Euston calling at Coventry for connections to the West Midlands and then diverted via an alternative route to London.  There will be connections at Nuneaton with trains to and from Manchester and connections at Coventry for connections to and from the West Midlands.  Chester and North Wales services will run between Holyhead and Crewe.

Trains will be unable to run between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street with Runcorn served by replacement coaches.  Passengers travelling between London and Liverpool are advised to travel via and change at Manchester and Nuneaton.

The route between Crewe and Glasgow is closed to allow Network Rail to carry out route improvement work at various locations.  Connecting replacement coaches will run in three separate sections - Crewe to Preston, Preston to Carlisle and Carlisle to Glasgow/Edinburgh.  Passengers travelling between London and Scotland are advised to use the East Coast route between Kings Cross and Edinburgh.  

Bank Holiday Monday 7 May

Route improvement work will be taking place between Crewe and Runcorn, Crewe and Warrington, and between Carlisle and Glasgow/Edinburgh, but in all cases this work is scheduled to be completed at 09:45.  This will mean that services on the Euston to Liverpool, Euston to Glasgow and Birmingham to Glasgow/Edinburgh routes will commence a little later than usual.

Two of the four tracks between Rugby and Euston will be closed until 12:00 while engineers carry out route improvement work.  During this time the Euston to Birmingham and Euston to Manchester services will have two services each hour instead of the normal three and North Wales and Chester services will only operate between Holyhead and Crewe.

For further information passengers should visit nationalrail.co.uk/easter or telephone +44(0)8457-484950.      

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