Lichfield Trent Valley station

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Passengers in Lichfield are being warned of disruption to West Coast Main Line train services over the Easter and May bank holiday weekends.

Lichfield Trent Valley station

Network Rail has confirmed that London Euston will be closed from 19th to 22nd April and 4th to 6th May.

The closure will disrupt services calling at Lichfield Trent Valley on services to and from the capital.

The work is part of the preparation for the construction of HS2.

Other sections of the West Coast Main Line in the north and south will be completely replaced, along with upgrades to signals and overhead lines.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “We recognise there is never an ideal time to shut the railway for our must-do work.

“Bank holidays are the least disruptive time to do it, when fewer passengers use the railway compared to the working week. That way we can do the maximum amount of work while impacting the fewest number of people.  

“Train companies and Network Rail have worked together to minimise disruption for customers. By doing a lot of work over the Easter and early May bank holidays, we can offer passengers better journeys over the late May and August bank holidays.

“The alternative would have been closing the line and Euston station over all of these weekends.”

Passengers are being advised to plan their journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk before they travel.

“Avoid travelling”

Where the line is open, trains will be running but customers will have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.

Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations and safety at Virgin Trains, said: “With no services into or out of Euston we strongly advise our customers to avoid travelling to and from London on the days affected.

“We know this will impact on people’s travel plans, so to make it easier we have removed afternoon peak time ticket restrictions on Maundy Thursday to allow customers to make an earlier start to their Easter weekend.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.