A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley on the West Coast Main Line. Pic: Matt Buck

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Passengers in Lichfield are being warned of Easter disruption to West Coast Main Line services.
A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Matt Buck
Virgin Trains and London Northwestern Railway services from Lichfield Trent Valley will not operate to or from London Euston on Easter Sunday (April 1) due to rail upgrade work at Wembley. Travellers are being urged to travel on alternative days where possible, although services on March 31 and April 2 will also be busier as fewer trains than normal will be running. Peter Broadley, customer experience and commercial executive director for Virgin Trains, said: “We understand upgrade works on bank holidays can be frustrating, but we’re working with Network Rail to keep people on the move throughout Easter. “It’s likely many of our services will be busier throughout the weekend and travel will be particularly difficult on Easter Sunday. “If customers choose to travel, we strongly recommend they book tickets in advance, make a seat reservation and allow more time to get to their destination.” The cancellation of services will also allow preparatory work for the HS2 route to be carried out. Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “Our work this Easter is part of our joined-up industry plan. “HS2 Ltd is making use of this chance to prepare to build its new railway. “We have agreed with our partners at Virgin Trains and London Northwestern Railway to do this work on Easter Sunday as it is typically a far less busy train travel day than usual. Doing this on Easter Sunday means as few of their customers as possible will be impacted. It’s the least bad day for it.” For more details on the works and disruption visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/westcoast.

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