Travel disruption seems to hit during peak holiday periods and on Monday 29th August, this coming Bank Holiday, it’s happening again. This time, rail upgrades will mean that 18 out of 25 train operators will be forced to cut or replace services causing delays and possibly some level of disruption for the 5.5million passengers who use the rail network. Holidaymakers leaving for, or returning from, their timeshare resorts may be in for lengthy delays and would be advised to check ahead of time with National Rail Enquiries.
Those getting away in the car may also be affected by some works, as according to a report today in Metro newspaper, the Highways Agency says it simply cannot suspend all roadwork schemes for ‘safety reasons’.
Those who may be affected by the rail delays could include rugby fans from the north west coming into London to watch the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. The West Coast main train line will be subject to delays that whole weekend.
Euston – Glasgow trains
Others travelling between London Euston and Glasgow may be in for a journey time of almost eight hours, double the usual time the trip normally takes.
East Anglia, with parts of the line between London Liverpool Street and Ipswich and Norwich closed on Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and the bank holiday Monday.
The Liverpool Street to Norwich train journey will take 3hr 23min instead of 1hr 48min, and East Coast mainline users going between London Kings Cross and Scotland will also be subjected to reduced services.
The East Coast mainline between London King’s Cross and Scotland, used by people visiting the Edinburgh festivals, will also have delays and reduced services.
Network Rail says passengers would face less disruption than last year, with 1,700 more trains and 95 per cent of a normal weekend service running.
A spokesman said: ‘We advise passengers to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries before they travel – but there will not be huge amounts of disruption.’
For updated information on restricted services and changes, visitwww.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/seasonal/August_2011/mainpage.html