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Lichfield passengers warned to expect more Bank Holiday West Coast Main Line disruption

Lichfield train passengers travelling to and from London are being warned of more Bank Holiday disruption later this month.

Sections of the West Coast Main Line were closed over the past weekend to allow for maintenance to take place.

The London-bound West Coast Main Line platform at Lichfield Trent Valley
The London-bound West Coast Main Line platform at Lichfield Trent Valley

But rail bosses have warned more disruption is coming during the whitsun holiday from 25th to 27th May.

Parts of the line between London Euston and Milton Keynes will be closed, as will sections between Warrington and Cumbria.

Martin Frobisher, managing director of 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.

“Sometimes a closure is the only way we can carry out major work like replacing track or improvements to overhead electric lines.

“Train companies and Network Rail have worked together to minimise disruption for customers by doing a lot of work over the recent bank holidays. The alternative would have been closing the line and Euston station over multiple weekends throughout the summer.”

Passengers are being warned that 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.

Robert Nisbet, regional director for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “This vital engineering work is part of the rail industry’s plan to add more services, improve punctuality and make journeys better and as fewer people travel on bank holidays than on a normal weekday, we’re keeping disruption to a minimum.

“We encourage people who are planning to take the train over the May bank holidays to check before they travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk or speaking to their train operator.”

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