August Bank Holiday: Rail bosses warn of long weekend delays

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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.

Transport hub: Euston is one of the stations closing over the weekend (British Transport Police)

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.

Bank holiday travel disruption 


No trains in or out on Saturday or Sunday because of High Speed 2 (HS2). Trains will be diverted to King’s Cross St Pancras and Marylebone. 

Charing Cross and Cannon Street 

No trains travelling to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge due to Thameslink upgrade. Cannon Street will be closed on Saturday and Sunday with trains diverted to and from London Victoria, London Blackfriars or New Cross. On Monday, trains will run from London Victoria or London Cannon Street and trains between London and Hastings will run to and from London Bridge via Redhill. There will be no southeastern trains at London Blackfriars. 


Platforms 1-9 have been closed, while platforms 20-24 will temporarily open with limited services operating. Passengers are advised to use alternative routes as Wimbledon, Earlsfield, Richmond, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall are set to be busier.

Liverpool Street

No trains travelling to and from Shenfield, Ingatestone, Billericay and Barking on Sunday or Monday due to Crossrail. Services running to Shoeburyness will be diverted to Fenchurch Street. 

TfL Rail

No service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield on Sunday. Replacement buses will operate between Stratford and Romford and Between Newbury Park and Shenfield. Central Lines will be running between Liverpool Street and Stratford or Newbury Park.

London Overground

No service between Romford and Upminster on Sunday and Monday. No service between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction on Sunday before 11am. Services between Gospel Oak and Barking will be suspended from 7pm on Saturday to 3.30pm on Sunday. No service running between South Tottenham and Barking until 7pm on Saturday. Rail replacement buses will be in operation.


Trains are suspended between Stratford and Bow Church on Sunday and Monday due to Crossrail works. There will be no replacement bus service operating so customers are advised to use local bus services. 

“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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