Rail warning for passengers travelling on busy bank holiday weekend

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Agosto 25, 2017

London Waterloo services, which have been disrupted for more than a fortnight, have been reduced further until Tuesday....

Travelling by train may not be the best idea this Bank Holiday weekend, as Network Rail undertakes substantial engineering works worth £133m, affecting key stations in London.

London Euston, which links the capital with Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, will be closed tomorrow and Sunday to prepare for the new £55.7 billion high speed rail route HS2.

Network Rail said the work would bring positive changes to millions of passengers, with longer and more spacious trains running on the busiest lines.

National Express, the UK's largest coach operator, is putting on an extra 4,000 seats over the weekend to destinations affected by the Euston and Waterloo work.

Meanwhile, both London Bridge and Charing Cross will not be running Southeastern services, which call at stations such as Dartford, Tonbridge and Hastings, among others, from 26 August to 2 September.

Services between Cardiff and Newport will be reduced until September 3, while no trains will operate between Swindon and Bristol Parkway from tomorrow until September 17.

BANK holiday travel chaos is expected to hit the country today as nine million Brits are expected to escape via roads, planes and trains.

Some five million motorists are expected to embark on leisure journeys on Monday, up by almost one million on the 2016 figure.

The RAC recommended drivers wanting to beat the queues this weekend should avoid Friday afternoon and evening, and set off early if travelling on Monday.

The proportion of Britons planning an overnight United Kingdom trip this weekend has risen by more than a third compared with previous year.

Travel trade organisation Abta estimated 2.1 million British holidaymakers will travel overseas over the weekend with Spain, Turkey and Greece among the most popular destinations.

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