'Check before you travel' warning for Northampton's key workers travelling by train over VE Day weekend

Massive cranes lift out sections of the Bletchley Flyover. Photo Network RailMassive cranes lift out sections of the Bletchley Flyover. Photo Network Rail
Massive cranes lift out sections of the Bletchley Flyover. Photo Network Rail | other
Bank holiday engineering works means special timetable on route into London

Key workers who need to travel by train are being urged to check timetables ahead of May's two Bank Holiday weekends.

Vital engineering works will continue over the VE Day weekend and the late-May holiday causing disruption to some services to London Northwestern Railway services from Northampton.

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Trains will operate to a special timetable and run less frequently between Castle Station and London Euston with some early-morning services on Sunday replaced by buses.

The essential upgrades have been carefully planned to ensure vital freight can keep moving around the country and people who cannot work from home can still get to their jobs.

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “The schemes we are carrying out over the weekends in May are all must-do work.

"We have planned it so as to minimise disruption to freight and those who do need to travel. It will help to ensure the railway is at its best when Britain emerges from this coronavirus pandemic.

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“Our mission-critical frontline colleagues, including railway upgrade engineers, signallers, maintenance, control room and operations staff, are Britain’s hidden heroes, helping to keep Britain connected in this time of need. And I’m proud of them."

Passengers are reminded to continue following Government advice regarding using public transport and only make journeys by bus or train when absolutely necessary..

Those who do need to travel over the affected weekends in May are being advised to check the National Rail Enquries online journey planner ahead of the engineering work.

Other work being carried out includes a major upgrade for one of the most iconic sights on the route to London.

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The 60-year-old Bletchley Flyover was built to allow trains to cross the West Coast Main Line without interfering with express services.

Eight huge sections — each weighing in at a hefty 295 tonnes — are being lifted out by some of the largest cranes in Europe to build the East West Rail route linking Northampton and Milton Keynes with Oxford, Bedford and Aylesbury.