Rail firms tell commuters to take the week off

Rail
firms have advised commuters to take the rest of the week off rather than face
travel disruption on the country’s busiest line.

Because
of major engineering works, the west coast main line between Milton Keynes and
Hemel Hempstead will be closed until Sunday.

Silverlink
said it would "not be possible to transport all passengers by coach
between Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead".

It
said: "While we are looking into alternative arrangements, many commuters
may prefer to arrange their holidays around this period to avoid what will
inevitably be a difficult four days for commuting."

There
will also be no Virgin trains from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, but there
are direct Virgin services to Manchester from London St Pancras which are
unaffected by the work.

The
company also recommended that people planning to use the Euston to Manchester
route take some time off work.

By Quentin Reade

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