No rail travel between London and Milton Keynes over bank holiday due to works

Delays are anticipated throughout the upcoming bank holiday due to rail improvements at three different sites.

By James Lowson
Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:01 am

The works will take place at Milton Keynes London Euston and Watford forcing major changes to West Coast main line journeys.

This means services that would typically start from the giant London station will now start and finish at Milton Keynes.

London Euston train station will be closed between May 1-3 due to scheduled railway works.

Milton Keynes Central Railway Station

Network Rail is advising people, where possible, to travel Friday 30 April and Tuesday 4 May.

All main train services in Euston will be suspended, only Caledonian Sleeper services will run in and out of the station.

Passengers needing to travel between May 1-3 should expect longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.

Travellers are advised to make alternative plans and organise their journeys via the National Rail website here.

It is claimed that millions of pounds is being invested in this network improvement and that hundreds of railway engineers will grafting over the extended weekend.

Further work completed during the break will be done on reinstalling rail links between Oxford and Bletchley, services between the stations have been defunct for over 50 years.

James Dean, a Network Rail director, said: “There is never an ideal time to shut the railway and we have worked hard to minimise disruption across the spring and summer – including moving work over the Easter and Spring bank holidays.

“It is fantastic to see more passengers return to the railway and we want to make journeys as easy as possible for those travelling over bank holidays. We are carefully balancing that with the need to carry out essential railway improvements and maintenance to provide a safe and reliable railway for the future.

“The scale of work planned this May will mean changes for passengers, but we’re working with train companies to minimise disruption to people as much as possible.”

Three other pieces of railworks have been confirmed for the bank holiday by Network Rail:

-Track upgrades take place at various locations between Preston – Penrith

-Signalling upgrades continue in Trafford, Manchester.

-Work at Euston station to prepare it for HS2, Britain’s new high-speed railway.

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Rail staff will be working hard to upgrade the network over the May bank holiday to make future journeys more reliable, so we’re asking anyone travelling between 1 and 3 May to check before they travel.

"While extra cleaning and better information will help people travel with confidence, we ask passengers to wear their face masks and to consider whether their journey is really necessary if it will be affected by engineering work.”