Check before you travel by train this August Bank Holiday weekend

Rail works are taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend
Rail works are taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend

Rail travellers from Aylesbury Vale who are thinking of setting off from Milton Keynes or Leighton Buzzard are being urged to check before they do so.

Improvement work is planned in the Milton Keynes area as part of a £19m project which also takes in the Greater Manchester area.

Many of us heading to the north of England, Birmingham or Scotland may set off from Leighton Buzzard or Milton Keynes on our rail journey, and we are being advised to make sure that the services are not affected.

Network Rail says that the work (between Saturday August 24 and Monday, August 26) is essential to make the railway 'safe and reliable for passengers and freight in the North West & Central Region.'

The two biggest projects, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will see track replaced between Adlington and Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire, and between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard.

Passengers are being advised that some journeys could take longer but that the majority of the West Coast main line, Chiltern line, Midlands and North West routes will be unaffected.

David Golding, interim route managing director, said: “We appreciate there is never a good time to carry out large-scale improvements to the railway. I know that bank holiday engineering work can affect passengers who want to make the most of the long weekend but we plan the work to affect the fewest number of people.

“Thankfully, disruption for passengers travelling between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District is minimal. However, we are still urging passengers to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk as major work on other parts of the network could have a knock-on effect.”

More than 2,700 railway engineers will be working around the clock to improve the railway for passengers in the North West & Central Region over the bank holiday weekend.

Nationally a total of £97m is being invested as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Passengers are advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk to see if their journey will be affected.

More information can also be found by visiting nationalrail.co.uk/August and following #AugustBHworks on Twitter.