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Rail travellers are being warned of significant disruption over the Bank Holiday due to a string of key routes being out of action over the three-day weekend.
Virgin Trains is one of the major rail providers to have issued an alert stating travellers should be wary that its services will be “very busy” over the August weekend.
A Virgin spokesman said: “We expect our services on both routes to be very busy from Friday to Monday, and are advising customers to avoid travelling on our west coast route on Saturday or Sunday unless necessary.”
Passengers travelling on routes from King’s Cross will face delays down to high demand for services because of the closure of Euston on Saturday and Sunday.
Rail passengers are being urged to book their tickets in advance and to allow for extra travel time to get to their destination.
In addition, delays are expected at Waterloo Station as an £800 million Network rail renovation is underway, which has forced the closure of ten platforms until Tuesday August 29.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “We apologise to our passengers for the added disruption to their journeys and thank them for their patience.
“This is all about delivering a bigger better Waterloo station fit for the 21st century.”
As part of the Thameslink upgrade, Southeastern services from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge (except trains to and from Hastings) will be suspended until September 2.
And ongoing Crossrail works will see no trains running between Ingatestone, Billericay, Shenfield, Barking and Liverpool Street on Sunday and Monday.
The RAC has also issued a warning to motorists travelling over the long weekend as the number of cars on the road is expected to rise by a fifth, compared to last year’s summer bank holiday.
Drivers are advised to avoid Friday afternoon and evening and set off early on Monday if they want to beat the queues.
An estimated 6.9 million adults are planning a domestic break over the last long weekend before Christmas.
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