Major railway lines set for closure this Easter bank holiday weekend

A Greater Anglia train through Tottenham Hale, between London Liverpool Street, Hertford, Cambridge and King's Lynn

Trains between Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and London are set for disruption over the Easter bank holiday weekend - Credit: Matt Buck

Railway lines between King's Lynn and London will be blocked this Easter bank holiday weekend.

Network Rail is planning to spend £83 million on upgrades throughout the country between Good Friday (April 15) and Easter Monday (April 18) alone.

Some of the works are taking place in the East of England, blocking lines through Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Greater Anglia passengers are set to face a full line closure all weekend at Bishop's Stortford - between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street.

A rail replacement bus will run between Stansted Airport and Waltham Cross, where passengers can pick up services into London Liverpool Street.

Commuters at London Liverpool Street station

There will be no direct trains between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge/Stansted Airport - Credit: PA/Aaron Chown

This is because Network Rail is replacing track in Hertfordshire across select weekends between March 5 and June 12.

The company has said that more than one mile of track and 11 points will be replaced over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Ellie Burrows, the Network Rail route director, said: "This year, most of the network will be available for passengers to enjoy days out by rail throughout the Easter holidays.

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"Those planning to travel on the West Anglia line and those planning to travel to Stansted should check how their journey might be affected by the works.

"I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this important work to renew the track to improve reliability on this busy line."

Littleport station, Cambridgeshire

Buses replace trains through Littleport - between Ely and King's Lynn - on Easter Sunday - Credit: Archant

On Easter Sunday (April 17), works are taking place on the line between Ely and King's Lynn.

There will be no Great Northern or Greater Anglia trains to Littleport, Downham Market, Watlington or King's Lynn when the line is closed.

A rail replacement bus is scheduled to run.

Elsewhere on the network, Thameslink and Great Northern have warned that amended Saturday timetables will be in place on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Buses will replace some early morning and late night Thameslink and Great Northern trains in Cambridgeshire.

Piccadilly line trains at the Boston Manor depot, London

Heathrow Airport trains on the Piccadilly line will not run over the Easter bank holiday weekend (File picture) - Credit: PA/John Walton

In London, the Hammersmith and City line - through Liverpool Street and King's Cross St Pancras - will be shut from Good Friday until the end of Easter Monday.

The Piccadilly line will be closed between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport.

Transport for London (TfL) has said that rail replacement buses will run.