London Northwestern Railway reminds passengers planning to travel over the Easter Bank Holiday that London Euston Station will be closed from Good Friday April 15 until Easter Monday April 18, with rail services commencing and ending in Milton Keynes instead.

The closure of London’s Euston station to mainline rail services is to allow essential rail improvements to be made.

Network Rail is investing £22m to improve future passenger and freight journeys on the West Coast Main Line and major Midlands and North West routes.

Work carried out during the closure includes:

  • major track upgrades at Watford;
  • work on building Britain’s new zero-carbon HS2 railway;
  • replacement of 1 km of track drainage at the Beechwood Tunnel between Birmingham International and Coventry;
  • bridge renewal works at Coventry South Junction;
  • HS2 enabling works at Hampton-in-Arden;
  • improved signaling and tracks on the lines around Crewe station;
  • changes to trains between Liverpool and Manchester due to track maintenance around Liverpool South Parkway.

Manchester City and Liverpool football fans are advised against traveling by train to and from the FA Cup semi-final on Easter Saturday due to the closure.

Dave Penney, Network Rail Passenger Director for the North West and Central Region, said:

“There is never a perfect time to close the track and we must carefully balance the best time to do this essential work with the needs of our passengers. Long holiday weekends continue to give our engineers the time they need to close the track for complex work such as track replacements and bridge overhauls with minimal disruption to people.

“Our advice at Easter is to travel either side of the bank holiday on Thursday 14th and Tuesday 19th April and plan ahead by checking national railway inquiries to see how your trip might be. affected by our essential £22m upgrades to improve the railway for the future.”

Passengers scheduled to travel on the affected days may have longer journeys, there will be fewer seats and they may have to use rail replacement buses. To plan journeys and for the latest travel information visit: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/wcml