Rail passengers face Easter chaos

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Rail passengers face Easter chaos

If you're planning to travel by train this Easter, you'd be wise to allow some extra time for your journey.

Even though seven million people are expected to travel between Good Friday and Easter Monday, Network Rail has scheduled 43 engineering projects. The work is planned for all six main lines, from London to the West, to Glasgow, the Midlands, Edinburgh, Norwich and Weymouth. Rail replacement buses will be operating, as some lines will be closed for the entire weekend.

The Daily Star reports that journeys form London to Reading on First Great Western usually take just 29 minutes. Over Easter, the same journey will take around one hour 17 minutes.

London Euston to Glasgow trains will stop about halfway through their journey on Easter Saturday and Sunday, with two replacement buses for the last 180 miles from Preston to Glasgow.

Although Watchdog Passenger Focus have warned of "major inconvenience", Network Rail insists that most routes will be operating normally.

A spokesman told the Daily Star: "Over 6,300 more trains are scheduled to run this year compared with last Easter.

"Massive strides have been made in recent years in reducing the impact of our work on passengers but we still advise anyone travelling over Easter to check with their train operator before travelling, to see whether there are any alterations."

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