The May Day Bank Holiday is just a week away.

If you’re travelling by car over the Bank Holiday, download the INRIX Traffic App from either the Apple iTunes App Store or for Android at the Google Play Store to see the best best time to start your journey and the possible hold ups along the way.

For those of you travelling via rail, more than 11,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working over the long weekend (30 April-2 May) to deliver vital elements of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan which will provide a bigger, better, and more reliable railway for passengers and businesses, so check your journey on the National Rail website prior to travelling!

Here’s some of the big projects taking place though that might affect your journey:

  • London Liverpool Street – Crossrail construction and overhead line work on the Great Eastern main line around Gidea Park, means no Abellio Greater Anglia ‘East Anglia’ services will run out of Liverpool Street on Sunday and Monday. Buses will operate between Chelmsford / Ingatestone / Wickford and Newbury Park (London Underground station) where passengers should change for London Underground Central Line services.
  • On Sunday, Southern services out of London Victoria will see substantial changes, including services to Gatwick running from London Bridge rather than Victoria. There will no no Gatwick Express from Saturday until start of service on the Tuesday morning.
  • London Paddington will see reduced services for Great Western Railway over the weekend as Crossrail construction and  electrification work continues. Heathrow Connect and Express services will run but to a reduced service.
  • East Kent resignalling sees rail replacement services for Southeastern between Sittingbourne – Sheerness and Gillingham – Faversham  on Sunday.
  • Work on the West Coast main line near Stafford and to the North of Lancaster will see changes and alterations to long distance CrossCountry, London Midland and Virgin Trains West Coast services for most of the Bank Holiday weekend
  • Major resignalling work on the Northern part of the Midland main line around Sheffield will mean substantial service alterations on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Operators affected include CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Transpennine Express and Northern.
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