London Midland wants month off for rail passengers

LONDON: The advance warning of London Midland saying millions of rail passengers not to travel for nearly a month because their rail line will be closed.
The advance warning was sent by rail company due to disruption being caused due to an £81million upgrade on railway line.
The work by Network Rail on 12 miles of track, signalling and overhead power lines through Watford will stop all travel in and out of London on the West coast Main Line which links the capital with Scotland. Other firms affected include Virgin Trains.
London Midland said it is working with the rest of the rail industry but admits that at the moment it cannot suggest alternative travel arrangements – and that it is ‘unlikely’ anyone will be compensated.
No passenger trains will run between Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction and London Euston on the following dates, which includes an 18 day period in August 2014, said the advance warning sent by London Midland. The dates include next year’s May day Bank Holiday weekend and Christmas week plus the period between late on Friday August 8 to noon on Bank Holiday Monday August 25.
“We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling during these periods which include an 18 day period in August 2014. Journey times will be much longer, and other routes extremely crowded, especially the London Overground service between Watford and London”, the London Midland said.
“I – and every other long-suffering passenger on this line –  have been advised to take 26 days off next year because the trains won’t be running. This shutdown includes a block of nearly three weeks” said a furious commuter, adding that he only get 20 days leave a year and he cannot take all this time off just to suit the rail companies.