Londoners warned of huge disruption on railways over Easter weekend

Patrick Grafton-Green
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Londoners face huge travel disruption over the Easter weekend due to planned works to the capital’s railways.

As a result, a number of services into and out of London will not be running between Good Friday and Easter Monday (April 14 to 17).

Network Rail said it is carrying out the work over Easter as fewer passengers use the railways during that period.

Some of the routes affected will be:

  • London Cannon Street: No Southeastern services arriving or departing on April 14 and 15. On April 16 and 17, trains will start and terminate at New Cross.
  • London Charing Cross: No Southeastern services arriving or departing on April 14 and 15. On April 17, there will be reduced services to London Bridge.
  • London Liverpool Street: No trains to/from Ingatestone or Billericay from April 14 to 17.
  • London Paddington: Reduced services to Heathrow Airport on April 15. Services to and from Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and will not stop at Bath Spa or Chippenham.
  • London Victoria: No Southern or Gatwick Express services on April 16.
  • London Waterloo: Reduced and diverted services from April 14 to 16.

More than 13,000 rail workers will be deployed on projects across the country between Good Friday and Easter Monday, which includes work on Crossrail.

Network Rail's managing director for England and Wales, Phil Hufton, said: "This Easter, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan.

"This will provide faster, better services in the long run and help relieve overcrowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain's railways.

"We know that many people want to use the railway during the Easter holidays and the good news is that over 95% of the network is unaffected by this work.

"But there will be some services that are impacted and so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys in advance."

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