Three rail replacement coaches are running between Grantham and Doncaster, a National Rail spokesman said. Those wishing to travel to Wales, the west of England, and on the East Coast and West Coast main lines will be among those forced to find alternative routes or face the prospect of long delays and bus replacement services.
It said trains between Doncaster and Grantham were delayed by up to two hours or cancelled. A spokesperson for Virgin Trains said: "We're doing our best to keep customers moving during this disruption. Track renewals around Slough mean that First Great Western passengers travelling to Bath, Bristol and Cardiff will have to leave from Waterloo instead of Paddington, with journeys taking at least an hour longer.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has tweeted that the disruption means he will not be able to appear on Thursday night's Question Time. Jennifer Borer, of the Lakes Line User Group, said that the line closures were "just plum crazy at a time when we usually receive lots of visitors to the Lake District". The rail service between London's Liverpool Street station and Looling is closed and will be replaced by a bus service.
The BBC political discussion programme is being filmed in Sunderland. In a decision that has been described as "crazy" by passenger groups, Network Rail has announced a long list of line closures over the bank holiday, starting at midnight on Friday and continuing until early on Tuesday. A further three coaches are running from Newark but there is ror estimate as to when they will arrive as a result of a crash on the A1 near the town, he added.
No trains will run between Stansted and Harlow on the West Anglia route. People will be angry and frustrated.
People tend to have gone away by the Friday and many take the whole week off," said a spokesman. Paul Watters, the head of ro and transport policy at the Automobile Association, said that he Lookint a weekend of gridlock made worse by those abandoning trains and travelling by car. The expectations and faith in the transport system in Britain are at an all-time low.