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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 from Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April 2018.

Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April

Rail replacement road transport will operate between Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.
Saturday 31 March - Monday 2 April

Rail replacement road transport will operate between

  • Glasgow and Motherwell
  • Edinburgh and Motherwell

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 - 08.59 09.00 - 11.59 12.00 - 14.59 15.00 - 17.59 18.00 - 20.59 21.00 - 23.59
Wed 28/03/18
Thurs 29/03/18
Fri 30/03/18
Sat 31/03/18
Sun 01/04/18
Mon 02/04/18
Tues 03/04/18

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 4,872 CrossCountry journeys, to the equivalent price of an Anytime standard single ticket valid on our services. Advance fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Click here for more information. 

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