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 services via Stoke-on-Trent / Macclesfield from 22:15 on Saturday 26 and all day on Sunday 27 September

Start date
26/09/2020  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Avanti West Coast between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly

CrossCountry between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Bournemouth / Southampton Central / Bristol Temple Meads / Reading / Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly

London Northwestern Railway between London Euston and Crewe / Liverpool Lime Street

Northern between Manchester Oxford Road / Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent

TOC(s) affected
Avanti West CoastCrossCountryLondon Northwestern RailwayNorthern

Engineering work is taking place between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, closing all lines form 22:15 on Saturday and all day Sunday.

Avanti West Coast:

On Saturday, the 20:20 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly service will be diverted to run via Crewe instead of via Stoke-on-Trent.

On Sunday, no trains will run via Stoke-on-Trent. Services will run to an amended timetable, and will operate via Crewe.


From 22:15 on Saturday and all day on Sunday, buses will replace trains between:

  • Stafford and Macclesfield via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport via Macclesfield.

London Northwestern Railway:

It is not yet known how London Northwestern Railway will be affected by this engineering work.


Buses replace trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent. 

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling with Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry or Northern, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correct, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

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.