Easter Bank Holiday train delays – easy way to check if your journey is affected

Britain is in for some sizzling weather this weekend with temperatures set to be hotter than parts of Europe – and many of us will be celebrating at the seaside.

But, if that sounds like you, make sure you check your journey before travelling as National Rail has warned some lines will be affected by major engineering works.

Over the Easter weekend, Thameslink will be operating a reduced service, as will Great Northern, the TransPennine Express and South West Railway.

Meanwhile, no Gatwick Express trains will operate from Friday 19 until Saturday 20 April.

The London Underground will also be affected, with no service between Gospel Oak and Barking – while many other journeys will be operating replacement bus services, instead.

If you've a trip booked, you can keep an eye on all scheduled disruptions online here . For delays on the day, visit National Rail's twitter page which will include last minute changes to journeys and unexpected delays.

The rail network also now offers an Alert Me service that can notify you ahead of your journey if any delays or cancellations are likely.

It's a free service that's being rolled out as part of a new trial, and will give you personalised travel information through Facebook Messenger.

Customers who take part in the trial can sign up to receive free notifications about any possible disruptions to their journey – plus alternative routes.

"We are committed to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, which is why we’re investing to deliver new technology that will allow us to provide a more tailored service, keeping our customers informed during times of disruption. This new tool will provide customers with useful and relevant information so that they will feel in control of their journey," explained Crispin Humm at National Rail.

For those who are expecting delays, it's important to know your compensation rights, too.

If you've already booked a ticket and want to cancel your journey because of the delays, you can cancel and claim a fee-free refund under National Rail's Conditions of Travel.

However, if you choose to travel and then experience a delay, your refund rights will be slightly different.

If your train turns up even later than you've been warned about, you will have to claim compensation under Delay Repay (for journeys 15 minutes late or more).

You'll need to be delayed for long enough to qualify under that train company’s rules based on their revised timetable. This will be either a full or partial refund depending on the length of delay.

If your train is cancelled, you'll have to claim a full refund through Delay Repay .

You can read all about train refunds for delays and cancellations in our guide, here .

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