Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Amended service between Crewe and Shrewsbury / Chester on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August

Start date
18/08/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Arriva Trains Wales between Crewe and Chester / Holyhead and also between Cardiff Central / Birmingham International and Chester

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Chester / Holyhead

TOC(s) affected
Transport for WalesVirgin Trains

Track maintenance is taking place between Crewe and Shrewsbury / Chester, closing various lines.

Arriva Trains Wales

All weekend, buses will replace trains between Crewe and Chester. Please allow for an extended journey time.

From 22:05, trains between Shrewsbury and Chester via Crewe will be amended with some trains diverting via Wrexham. Buses will be provided between Shrewsbury and Crewe for onwards connections to Chester.

Virgin Trains

Trains will operate between Crewe and Holyhead and are diverted between Crewe and Chester, extending journey times by up to 50 minutes. London Euston is also closed this weekend. Customers are to use alternative services between Crewe and London. More details can be found here.

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling with Virgin Trains, please use the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

If you are travelling with Arriva Trains Wales, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

Tracks are the rails on which the trains run and include the points that allow the trains to switch tracks. There are over 20,000 miles of track on the railway network. Just like the roads and motorways need resurfacing the rails and points require renewal and regular maintenance to ensure they meet the stringent safety standards on the railway. This means that trains can operate safely and reliably.