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Network Rail reveals Easter engineering works

Manchester Victoria station

Network Rail has revealed its latest plans for mammoth engineering works over the Easter period.

Over 15,000 site workers will be covering the four-day Easter weekend to deliver a £60M portion of the company’s £40bn upgrade plan.

Some 450 separate improvement projects will be carried out by the firm and its team of contractors across Britain over the period. 

The work is timed to take advantage of a relatively quieter time of the year when, on average, fewer than half the usual 4.5m people use the railway each day.

What are the key works?

In and around London

  • Overhead line renewals and Crossrail work on the Great Eastern Main Line near Brentwood and Gidea Park affecting services out of London Liverpool Street
  • Major renewals at Battersea means no Southern services from Victoria and much reduced services on Brighton Main Line
  • Thameslink work continues in the London Bridge area with Cannon Street closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • East Kent resignalling sees the Chatham main line closed between Swanley and Faversham
  • Crossrail and Western electrification work between Paddington and Reading will see reduced train services (two of four lines closed)

Long distance

  • One of two lines closed south of Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line means changes to services on Saturday and Sunday. Direct long-distance trains continue but local and some long-distance services are diverted via Cambridge 
  • The Stafford area improvement programme comes to a major milestone bringing into use a huge new flyover. Most long-distance services are being diverted via Stoke, which adds little extra time, but other services see significant changes


  • A major nine-day closure of Manchester Victoria for Northern Hub remodelling work kicks off on Good Friday with the station and railway reopening on Monday 4 April
  • Glasgow Queen Street station (high level) will close for 20 weeks from 20 March with services diverted to the low-level station or other Glasgow stations in many cases

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