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Buses replace trains in the Stoke-on-Trent / Macclesfield / Stafford area from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August 

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Engineering work details

Starts 24 Aug 2024 to 26 Aug 2024

Route(s) affected

Avanti West Coast between London Euston / Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly

CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly

East Midlands Railway between Derby and Crewe

London Northwestern Railway between Birmingham New Street / Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street

Northern between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly


Engineering work is taking place between Alsager and Rugeley Trent Valley, closing some lines.

Avanti West Coast:

An amended train service will run between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly via Stafford / Crewe / Wilmslow.

Replacement buses will run between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent / Macclesfield, and between Wilmslow and Macclesfield.


Trains will not call at Stoke-on-Trent or Macclesfield.

Replacement buses will run between:

  • Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent / Macclesfield.

  • Wilmslow and Stoke-on-Trent / Macclesfield.

London Northwestern Railway:

Train services between Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent will not run. A replacement bus service will run between Crewe and Stafford calling at Alsager, Kidsgrove, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent and Stone.


On Saturday and Monday, buses will replace trains between Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.

On Sunday, buses will replace trains between Stockport and Stoke-on-Trent.

East Midlands Railway:

It is not yet known how East Midlands Railway will be affected by this engineering work.

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling with CrossCountry, London Northwestern Railway or Northern, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

If you are travelling with Avanti West Coast or East Midlands Railway, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

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

Please be advised that replacement vehicles may be busier than usual, and you should allow extra time for your journey.