West Coast main line works to cause Easter break


New track being installed at Shawfield JunctionImage copyright
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New lane is being installed at Shawfield Toll over the holiday weekend

Engineering works on the West Coast Main Line should cause serious disruption to train passengers during the Easter holiday.

The Shawfield Tube, south of Glasgow, is undergoing a £ 4 million sign and track upgrade that will not be completed by Tuesday morning.

Passengers traveling between Scotland and northern England will be affected.

Network Rail admitted that work would cause outages, but said closing a short-term line is inevitable.

National Rail said travel times to or from Scotland can be considerably extended over the bank holiday weekend.

There are no rail services north of Lancaster, which means that train replacement buses will operate between Glasgow and northern England on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In addition, the closure of the London Euston station means that passengers will have to change service to reach the English capital.

Virgin Trains recommended that passengers avoid travel.

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The West Coast Main Line serves London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow

Donald Morris, Network Rail infrastructure program program manager, said: "Our engineers will work hard to complete this complex program as quickly as possible for the passengers.

"The West Coast Main Line plays a key role in the country's economic life – carrying passengers and cargo – and this work will help improve its reliability.

"We understand the inconvenience this job may cause to some passengers and residents, but such a large investment in the railroad can not be delivered without a short-term closure of the line."

Farther south on the West Coast main line, engineers will also be doing work between Beattock and Abington in South Lanarkshire.


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