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The train lines to avoid this May bank holiday weekend

Find out if your route's affected and how to claim compensation if you're delayed

The train lines to avoid this May bank holiday weekend

Train passengers are being asked to check their journeys before they travel this weekend with more than 800 rail upgrades planned for the two May bank holiday breaks.

Rail users in Scotland, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester will be the most affected by the works.

And the rail link from Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, to Paddington won’t run on Sunday 6 May.

Meanwhile, Transport for London is also planning closures on the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City lines all weekend. Check its website for the full details.

There’s also a planned 24-hour strike action on Saturday 5 May on Greater Anglia in a long-running row over the role of train guards.

But Greater Anglia says it will still run a full service throughout the strike by using contingency conductors.

Which? Is demanding better rail services, and you can help – sign the petition now.

What’s affected by engineering works and where?

The following major projects are taking place over the Early May Bank Holiday:

  • No trains at London Cannon Street and through Lewisham from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May
  • Major modernisation work between London Paddington and Maidenhead from Saturday 5 May until 05:00 Tuesday 8 May
  • Amended service between Glasgow Central and Motherwell on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May

You can check the National Rail website for the full details of all the routes effected and to check whether your train journey is affected.

Why this weekend?

More than 32,000 workers will be out in force over the two May bank holiday weekends to work on projects for the Railway Upgrade Plan.

Network Rail, which manages most of the railways in the UK, says it plans works for certain times they know are the quietest so it causes the least amount of disruption possible.

Those times are usually bank holidays, Sundays and overnight.

Can I claim compensation if I’m delayed because of planned engineering works?

Yes – but only if there’s a delay to the temporary timetable. You can read more about this in our free guide to get compensation for train delays and cancellations.

As with any other Delay Repay compensation, it depends on your train company how long you have to be held up for before you can make a claim – but it’s usually for delays of 15 minutes or more.

How do I make a Delay Repay claim?

If your train is delayed and your journey is disrupted, Which? can help you easily make a claim.

We have a free guide on how to make a claim and a look-up section, so you can find the contact details of your train company.

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