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 at Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield on Sunday 3 October

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Route affected

Avanti West Coast between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston

CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street / Reading / Bournemouth / Southampton Central

London Northwestern Railway between London Euston and Crewe

TOC(s) affected
Avanti West CoastCrossCountryLondon Northwestern Railway

Engineering work is taking place between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, resulting in the closure of some lines.

Avanti West Coast:

Services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston via Stoke-on-Trent will now be diverted via Stafford, Crewe and Wilmslow.

Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent.


Trains will not call at Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield. Buses will be in operation between Wilmslow and Macclesfield and between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.

London Northwestern Railway:

Trains between Crewe and Stafford / Birmingham New Street, via Stoke-on-Trent will not run (except the 20:04 Crewe to Birmingham New Street and the 22:00 Birmingham New Street to Crewe services - which will be retimed at Crewe, diverted and not call at stations between Crewe and Stafford).

A rail replacement bus service will operate between Crewe and Stafford - calling at Alsager, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent and Stone.

Check before you travel:

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

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

If you are travelling with Avanti West Coast, 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.