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Whether you are having a meal with the family, meeting up with your friends or going on an Easter egg hunt with the kids, Easter can be a very busy period for us all. The information below is all you need to ensure you travel with ease on our trains over the Easter period. 

Secure your seat in advance

To ensure you have a reserved seat and are able to relax on your journey, book your tickets in advance via our website or Train Tickets app. We could even save you up to 70%* with CrossCountry Advance tickets.

You can find out all the details on our changes to train times page.

Check engineering work to help plan your journey

Please see the below map for details on Easter Travel disruptions 

To download this map, please click here for the PDF.


Saturday 11- Monday 20 April 2020

Rail replacement road transport will operate between Reading and Guildford. For more details on these works see our Major Engineering Works page.

Bristol Parkway 

Saturday 11 April 2019 – Sunday 19 April 2020

The 0520 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central (Monday to Friday) will not run. The 0700 Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly and 1705 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central will start and terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Bristol Parkway and Newport. 


Saturday 11 – Monday 13 April 2020

Rail replacement road transport will operate between
-Edinburgh Waverley and Motherwell (Saturday & Sunday).
-Motherwell and Glasgow Central.

Burton on Trent 

Sunday 12 April 2020

Trains to/from Scotland will divert not to call at Tamworth and Burton-on-Trent. Journey times will be extended by one hour. Reading – Newcastle trains will operate between Derby – Newcastle. Cardiff Central – Nottingham trains will operate between
-Cardiff Central and Tamworth.
-Derby and Nottingham.
Rail replacement road transport will operate between Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent and Derby.


Saturday 11 – Monday 13 April 2020


Trains will divert not to call at Wolverhampton. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Wolverhampton and Stafford.

Southampton Central 

Saturday 11 April 2020

The 1827 Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth will terminate at Southampton Central. Connecting rail service will operate from Southampton Central to Bournemouth.

Be flexible with your travel on a quieter train

We have created a table to quickly summarise how busy we expect our services to be over the Easter period, by time of day in a simple 'traffic light' format. If you are flexible with your travel arrangements,  please use this information to select quieter services. If you are more restricted, please ensure you book in advance to reserve your seat.  

Expected for plenty of seats to be available
Expected for some seats to be available
Expected to be limited seats available on these trains, book your tickets in advance to secure yourself a seat  
No Service 

  04:00 - 07:59 08:00 - 09:59 10:00 - 12:59 13:00 - 15:59 16:00 - 19:59 20:00 - 23:59
Wed 8 Apr
Thurs 9 Apr
Fri 10 Apr
Sat 11 Apr
Sun 12 Apr
Mon 13 Apr
Tues 14 Apr

Journey care 

If you need extra assistance to help you with your journey, we offer our Passenger Assist service. 

You can pre-book this service online when you buy your tickets on our website or you can call us on  0344 811 0125 (text phone users can call 0344 811 0126). So that we can arrange everything for you, please give us at least 24 hours notice before you travel (48 hours if booking online though CrossCountry trains).

Only bring luggage you can comfortably carry

We have a limited amount of space on our trains to store luggage, so please be considerate of other passengers and only bring what you can comfortably carry. Soft bags and small cases are easier to store. 

On our trains we have storage available:

  • Under the seat in front of you 
  • Above every seat in the overhead racks 
  • At the end of each coach for large luggage items 

Please visit our luggage page for more information. 


*Applies to CrossCountry journeys only. Average saving calculated by comparing Standard Advance Single ticket prices, purchased before the day of travel, for 4,893 CrossCountry journeys, to the equivalent price of a Standard Anytime Single ticket valid on the same service. Advance fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Please see website for full details.




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