The Cotswolds railway line will be closed over the Easter weekend

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A railway line in the Cotswolds will be closed over the Easter weekend.

Network Rail will renew track in the Pershore area, affecting trains between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Shrub Hill.

From Friday April 15 to Monday April 18, buses will replace trains between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Foregate Street. They will be timed to connect with trains which will continue to run between London Paddington and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Where buses replace trains, journeys will be extended by around 60 minutes. An alternative route to London via Cheltenham Spa and Swindon will remain open. Tickets valid through Evesham (excluding Advance tickets) will be accepted on this route.

GWR Station Manager for the North Cotswolds, Billy White, said: “This work is important in ensuring that we can continue to provide services on what is a vital rail link for the Cotswolds and we thank advance customers for their patience.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure people can be sure of safe travel, and that includes running as many trains and carriages as possible to make extra space, and replacement buses where the trains cannot run.”

Trains will run as planned elsewhere on the rest of the GWR network as planned.

The industry’s Book with Confidence program has been extended through the end of September so customers can change their travel plans up until the day before departure at no cost, or if they choose not to travel, can receive a refund on their unused ticket.

Stuart Stevens, Project Manager for Network Rail, said: “These significant track improvements will mean that passengers and freight users will continue to enjoy safe and reliable journeys in the future, as we strive to ensure the longevity of the line.

“I thank the passengers in advance for their patience; please check before travelling, as buses will replace trains while this work is being carried out.

For more travel tips and work information, visit GWR.com/NorthCotswolds.

For details on upcoming engineering work, visit gwr.com/travel-information/travel-updates/planned-engineering.

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