East Coast open for travel this August Bank Holiday
Train operator National Express East Coast is reminding customers that its route will be fully open for travel throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.
The news comes as engineers prepare to carry out track and signal repairs at two different locations on the West Coast Main Line, which will lead to buses replacing trains for sections of journeys across all or part of the same weekend.
The East Coast route will be fully open throughout its 920 miles from London to Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness – and with the exception of a small number of off-peak services to and from London which will not operate on Sunday, a full and normal timetable will be in operation across the whole Bank Holiday weekend.
The engineering work between Crewe and Warrington will directly affect those making long-distance Anglo-Scottish journeys via the West Coast Main Line – and National Express would like to remind travellers that the East Coast route is the alternative.
National Express East Coast managing director Susan Goldsmith said: “With the Bank Holiday approaching, many people will be planning holiday breaks, or trips to visit friends and family.
“We are geared up to meet customer demand and look forward to welcoming customers onto our trains”.
National Express East Coast will also be providing extra trains on Saturday, 29 August to help supporters travel to the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final when Warrington Wolves face the Huddersfield Giants at Wembley.
The extra trains will leave Leeds at 08.40 and 09.25, calling at Wakefield Westgate. Return extra services will leave London King’s Cross at 19.05 and 19.10, both calling at Wakefield Westgate and Leeds. The 19.05 will also extend beyond Leeds to York.
Note to editors:
Planned engineering work by Network Rail will see buses replacing trains on the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, August 29 to 31 – whilst further engineering work will also mean buses replacing trains between Milton Keynes Central and Birmingham New Street on Saturday and Sunday.