People travelling between London, the West Midlands, the North West and Cumbria are being advised to plan ahead with Network Rail’s busy period of Christmas engineering work less than a week away.
As part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan, a 25,000-strong workforce will be working across Britain to carry out more than £148m of vital work between Christmas Eve and 3 January.
Overall there will be less disruption for rail users on the London North Western route this year compared to last. Most of the investment work between Euston and Carlisle has been scheduled for when no trains will run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
However, passengers should check www.nationalrail.co.uk to plan their journey and for the latest information before travelling this Christmas.
Work on the West Coast main line and wider railway on the London North Western route includes:
- Track renewal at Milton Keynes Central station: between 9pm on Sunday 23 December and 6am on Monday 28 December. This will mean slightly longer journey times between the West Midlands and London Euston.
- Lineside drainage improvements near Hampton-in-Arden: from 9pm on Christmas Eve and 6am on Sunday 27 December on the line between Birmingham International, Coventry and Rugby.
- Preparation work for HS2 at London Euston: preparatory work will take place in sidings, some lines north of Euston in the Camden area, and on some platforms at Euston station over the Christmas period. Work includes cable laying, removal/installation of overhead line steelwork, and drainage improvement.