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Whether you are having a meal with the family, having a night out with your friends or going on an Easter egg hunt with your 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 be able to sit back and relax on your journey, book your tickets in advance online and we could save you up to 70%* with CrossCountry Advance tickets.

Check engineering work to help plan your journey

Please see the below map for details on Easter Travel disruptions Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017

To download this map, please click here


  Saturday, Sunday and Monday Trains will start and terminate at Edinburgh. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Glasgow Central and Motherwell. Connecting rail services will operate between Motherwell and Edinburgh.
  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Friday, Saturday and Monday Trains will operate between
-Reading/Southampton Central and Leeds calling at Wakefield Westgate but not calling at Doncaster. Passengers for Doncaster are to change at Sheffield.
-The South West and Scotland not calling at Wakefield Westgate and Leeds but will call additionally at Doncaster. Passengers for Wakefield Westgate and Leeds are to change at Sheffield. Rail services will operate between York and Leeds.
Trains will divert via an alternative route with journey times extended by approximately 30 minutes.

  Sunday Trains will divert not to call at Coventry and Birmingham International. Journey times will remain unaffected. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Leamington Spa, Coventry and Birmingham International.

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 - 7.59 08.00 - 10.59 11.00 - 13.59 14.00 - 16.59 17.00 - 19.59 20.00 - 23.59
Wed 12/04/17
Thurs 13/04/17
Fri 14/04/17
Sat 15/04/17
Sun 16/04/17
Mon 17/04/17
Tues 18/04/17

Journey care 

If you need extra assistance to help you with your journey, we offer our JourneyCare 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 stow. 

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. 


Please be aware that our First Class complimentary catering will be reduced to a bank holiday/weekend offer on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Please visit our First Class Food and Drink page for more details. 

*Applies to CrossCountry journeys only. Average saving calculated by comparing Advance standard single ticket prices, purchased before the day of travel, for 4,858 CrossCountry journeys to the equivalent price of an Anytime standard single ticket. Advance fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Please see website for full details.

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