Easter weekend travel: Everything you need to know – Evening Standard

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Easter weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with thousands of Londoners taking advantage of the long weekend and spending time away from the capital.

However, there are ongoing repairs and upgrades taking place on the rail network and on London Underground, which may make travel more difficult.

Those wishing to travel over the weekend have been warned to be aware of planned to closures and to plan ahead.


On the trains there will be no service Liverpool Street and Shenfield on Sunday and Monday due to planned engineering works, with TfL Rail replacement buses running instead.

From Friday to Monday, dast direct services between Gatwick Airport and London will be running from London Bridge instead of Victoria.

On the Gatwick Express there will be no service from Good Friday up to and including Easter Monday as there is engineering work taking place between London Victoria and Clapham Junction, meaning London Victoria will be closed to Gatwick Express and Southern services.

Passengers are advised to travel to London Bridge to use alternative Southern services or London Blackfriars to use Thameslink services. Overnight trains will be replaced by buses between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services will also be running fewer trains per hour than usual, but the Piccadilly line will be running to Heathrow as normal.

There will be also no Southern service to and from London Victoria from Good Friday up to and including Easter Monday while engineering work takes place between London Victoria and Clapham Junction. 

Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday London Bridge station will be closed to Southeastern services and there will be no trains serving London Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill, and Westcombe Park, and on Easter Sunday there will also be no trains between Hither Green and Dartford via Sidcup.

A four day project to replace Fairfield Street Bridge near Wandsworth Town station will mean that no South West trains will run between Clapham Junction and Barnes, from Friday to Monday inclusive.

No South West trains will run from Wandsworth Town or Putney stations, although London Underground stations East Putney and Putney Bridge will not be affected.

Spectators wishing to travel to watch Sunday’s Boat Race have been advised to allow extra time for journeys and take rail replacement buses between Clapham Junction and Barnes, which will call at Wandsworth Town and Putney.

South West Trains will also run to and from Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Chiswick, Kew Bridge and Mortlake stations throughout the day on Sunday to help spectators travel to watch the Boat Races.

However, services will be travelling via alternative routes, so may take longer than usual and may require changing trains.

C2C trains will be running a normal service on Easter Monday. However, trains are expected to be exceptionally busy on Easter Monday, and there may be a queuing system in place at Barking, as West Ham United have a home fixture and London Underground services will not be running.

Trains to and from London Liverpool Street will be diverted to and from London Fenchurch Street and call additionally at both West Ham and Limehouse on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. 

On Chiltern Railways no trains will be running between Marylebone and Amersham due to London Underground engineering work.

An hourly train service will operate across the weekend between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham, with a connecting bus between Amersham and Beaconsfield, for onward trains travel to and from Marylebone.

As of Thursday morning all Eurostar services are running as normal to and from all destinations, including Brussels.

However, following Tuesday’s Brussels attacks, passengers are advised to check in an hour in advance, because of extra security.

Passengers who no longer wish to travel to or from Brussels can change a booking within 60 days or claim a refund.


The District Line will also be partially closed, with no service between Aldgate East and Dagenham East on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Easter Monday, due to Crossrail work at Whitechapel and track and points replacement work between Bow Road and Barking. Replacement buses will operate instead.

The Crossrail works will also affect the Hammersmith & City line over all four days of the Easter weekend, with no service between Liverpool Street and Barking, while the work at Whitechapel is carried out as well as track and points replacement work between Bow Road and Barking.

Trains will be diverted to and from Aldgate, with replacement buses operating from Aldgate to stations east of Aldgate East.

There will also be no service over the entire four day weekend on the Metropolitan line between Moor Park and Amersham / Chesham while  bridge replacement work is carried out at Rickmansworth.

Replacement buses operate between Northwood and Chesham (via Amersham).

On the Overground from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive there will be no service between Camden Road and Stratford, while work in carried out at Highbury Corner, and replacement buses will operate instead.

There will also be no service between  Sydenham and Crystal Palace on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and on Sunday and Monday there will be no service between Romford and Upminster due to Crossrail works.

Finally, on Sunday morning there will be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking to help prepare the line for electrification.

Replacement buses operate until Overground services resume just after noon.


The AA expects more than 11 million drivers to take a trip over the bank holiday weekend, with the greatest number hitting the roads today.

There are no major planned closures to roads in the capital. However, the roads are expected to be busy on Sunday with 100,000 people heading to watch the Boat Race.

The Congestion Charge will not apply from Friday to Monday.

Coach company National Express is adding 13,000 seats to meet demand over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Easter weekend travel: Everything you need to know – Evening Standard