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All trains to and from Euston station are to be halted during the Bank Holiday weekend due to engineering works for HS2.
Passengers were warned against travelling in and out of the station unless “absolutely necessary” on Saturday and Sunday.
Passengers who do travel face extensive queues for replacement services and diversions as one of London’s busiest rail hubs is closed over the holiday.
To coincide with the closures, Network Rail is also carrying out maintenance work between Watford Junction and Euston.
National Rail has warned of problems on all routes into London as passengers are diverted to other stations in the capital.
The closures, taking place on one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year, will also clash with ongoing works at Waterloo and part-closures at Charing Cross and Liverpool Street.
A statement on the National Rail website said: “Network Rail is carrying out upgrade work at London Euston in preparation for your new high speed railway HS2, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
“As a result of this upgrade work NO trains will run to or from London Euston.
“To help minimise disruption to passengers, whilst the railway is closed Network Rail is also carrying out significant maintenance work between Watford Junction and London Euston
“If at all possible, you are advised not to travel on Saturday and Sunday and travel on the days either side of the Bank Holiday weekend.
“It is anticipated that trains on other routes will be very busy throughout the Bank Holiday.No trains will be running in or out of London Euston.”
Caledonian Rail sleeper trains from Scotland will be diverted to Kings Cross and services between Birmingham and London will only run as far south as Northampton.
There will be a half-hourly shuttle service between Northampton and Hemel Hempstead – where customers will then be able to use replacement buses to Stanmore and then access London Underground trains.
On Sunday the shuttle will run as far as Milton Keynes.
London Midland services from Northampton or Milton Keynes into London Euston will not run. Customers can use their tickets on certain Tube services.
London Overground trains will not run between Watford Junction and London Euston. Replacement buses will be in place taking customers to Harrow & Wealdstone.
Southern trains will run between Shepherds Bush and Clapham Junction on Saturday but there will be no service between Milton Keynes Central and Clapham Junction on Sunday.
Passengers are advised to use replacement buses to Stanmore where they can access the Tube.
Virgin Trains customers planning to travel in and out of London have been advised to seek alternative routes into Kings Cross, St Pancras or Marylebone.
And Chiltern Railways trains will only run into London Marylebone on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August.
Passengers are warned that all trains will be “extremely busy” and there are expected to be severe queues at alternative stations.
London Euston Tube station will be operating as normal.
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