London Euston station will close again this weekend after its closure over the bank holiday weekend caused disruption for passengers up and down the country.
The station will remain closed until this Sunday. It has been closed on certain weekends in August while rail workers carry out repairs on the North Wembley junction, one of the busiest in Europe.
This weekend, workers are upgrading the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton as part of a multi-billion pound investment programme to deliver electric trains in the north of England. The programme has already been delayed until November, and was blamed for the May timetable chaos.
Euston is one of London's busiest stations, with around 150,000 passengers using it during the weekends for services to the West Midlands, north west England and Scotland.
The station re-opened today after workers completed the second stage of repairs on the junction. The West Coast main line is fully open and services are running on a normal timetable.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director at Network Rail, said:
“This work is part of our ongoing railway upgrade plan which will provide customers with a better railway. There is never a good time to carry out work that affects services, but we worked closely with the train operators for it to cause the least amount of disruption. I would like to thank passengers for their understanding while we complete these vital upgrades.”
Andrew Conroy, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said:
“We put a lot of work into making sure that people who had to travel this weekend could keep moving. While we would all have preferred to be running a full train service , our customers responded well and we should also thank those who heeded the message to travel on alternative days.”