Cambridge rail passengers warned of eight days of disruption with strikes and engineering works

Rail passengers have been warned of disruption
Rail passengers have been warned of disruption -Credit:Reach Plc

Rail passengers travelling through Cambridge have been warned of eight days of disruption due to industrial action and engineering works. Network Rail said it will carry out 487 planned projects across the country between Saturday (May 4) and Monday (May 6).

This will include work at Cambridge South station near the Biomedical Campus. The second project which will see work over the bank holiday weekend is a re-signalling project to renew signalling assets in the area.

Network Rail’s system operator director Anit Chandarana said: “The vast majority of the railway will be open for business as normal. We know people want to travel by train and not replacement bus, and we do our best to fit as much work as we can into these closures to minimise the impact on passengers and freight customers.

“The work this month will see new track laid on one of the busiest mixed-use railways in the world – the West Coast Main Line – along with work to replace worn-out equipment at junctions at Crewe. We’ve also got more work to build a new station at Cambridge South, which will play a key role in developing the city and its new biomedical campus in a sustainable way.”

Members of the ASLEF union, which represents train drivers, will launch a six-day ban on overtime for 16 operators on Monday, which is expected to cause short-notice cancellations. ASLEF members will also hold three one-day strikes across different operators between May 7 and 9, meaning some parts of the country will have no rail services on those days.