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Bank Holiday Rail Disruption Looms

Network Rail & Highways Agency LogosTrain passengers are due to be disrupted this August bank holiday weekend due to upgrades. There are expected to be huge delays, with 18 out of 25 operators being forced to reduce or cancel services altogether. Travellers will have to use replacement buses, while some journeys will double in time. There have been 3,428 buses scheduled to replace the rail disruption. This comes as about 5.5 million people will expect to be able to rely on the network for a getaway.

Those who want to travel by rail between St Pancras International in London and Luton Airport will have to take a bus for their whole journey for a majority of Sunday. This will affect flyers moving between the railway station and airport. Holidaymakers going to Cheshire’s Creamfields dance fete and sports fans heading for London for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final will have to deal with long West Coast main line delays for both Saturday and Sunday, which is the nation’s busiest line. Passengers will be forced to use replacement bus services around Crewe, making the journey between Glasgow and London Euston nearly seven hours and 54 minutes. This route usually takes around four hours and eightminutes. The line between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester, as well as Wigan and Crewe, will be suspended also.

The East Anglia region is also expected to get hit hard. Sections of the line between Norwich and Ipswich and London Liverpool Street will be closed Saturday through Monday. It will take those travelling to Norwich three hours and 23 minutes, as they will have to use two train, two replacement bus and London Underground services to get there. This journey normally takes just one hour and 48 minutes to complete.

Aside from these disruptions, services to the south-west are due to be very busy, while services between Bicester, High Wycombe and Marylebone will be suspended. Passengers have been warned to reserve seats; otherwise, they may have to stand for hours. The East Coast mainline route between Scotland and London King’s Cross will have reduced services and delays as well. Network Rail insists that travellers won’t have to deal with as much disruption this year compared to last year, as there are 1,700 more trains running 95% of normal services during the weekend. A spokesman says the company advises customers to check with National Rail Enquiries or their train operator before travelling, but they don’t expect huge amounts of disruption.

Rail travellers aren’t the only ones that will be faced with delays during this August bank holiday. The Highways Agency, which manages major roads and motorways, has revealed that motorists will have to deal with delays as well, as not all the roadwork projects could be suspended for the weekend due to safety reasons. The agency says that it would postpone as much of the roadwork as practically possible.

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