People in Northampton advised to avoid rail travel during Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Rail commuters are facing long delays during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
Rail commuters are facing long delays during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend

People in Northampton planning to use the railways over the Easter bank holiday are being warned that a stretch of the West Coast main line will be closed.

Starting tomorrow (Good Friday), the railway line will be closed for four days between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston.

Train operator London Midland has arranged for its tickets to be valid on Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Trains and Thameslink services, as well as selected London Overground and London Underground routes.

During the closures, London Midland will be running train services as far as Hemel Hempstead and rail passengers will then have to use replacement bus services for Edgware underground station .

Passengers travelling from London will be able to use Overground services from London Euston to Watford Junction. Buses will run from Watford to Hemel Hempstead, calling at all stations, and trains will run north from Hemel Hempstead.

On Sunday, April 5, trains will run as far south as Northampton. Buses will run between Northampton and Milton Keynes Central. Trains will run between Milton Keynes Central and Hemel Hempstead. Passengers can join replacement bus services between Hemel Hempstead and London Euston in both directions (calling at all stations along the route) approximately every 30 minutes.

Terry Oliver, London Midland’s head of West Coast services said: “My advice to passengers would be to postpone travel to another date if possible.

‘London Midland will be running rail-replacement bus services over the Bank Holiday weekend, but journeys will involve changes and will take much longer than normal.

“If a journey is essential, remember to check before you travel, as there may be improvement work taking place elsewhere on the rail network.

The closure is part of Network Rail’s £81m improvement plan to replace nine miles of track, signalling equipment and overhead power lines in the Watford area.