Rail passengers are being warned of major disruption in Lancashire as engineering works take place to upgrade the West Coast Mail Line.

Trains running through the region may not run at all over some weekends in the coming months due to works happening from London all the way to Scotland.

Network Rail has revealed its schedule of vital West Coast main line engineering upgrades this spring, to make the railway more reliable and improve future journeys.

The biggest change coming to the area is a major track overhaul on Euxton Junction, near Chorley.

Also in the North West is the removal of a railway bridge near Stockport station and signalling improvements in Ditton, Liverpool region.

For those of you hoping to get away further north towards Scotland for weekend breaks will also need to check before travelling.

Over 17km of track at over 20 locations will be replaced between Carstairs and the border on the West Coast main line, and a bridge renewal, embankment strengthening and drainage work will take place near Beattock in Scotland.

The route affected is London North Western.

The key weekends of Railway Upgrade Plan work, all agreed with train companies, are as follows:

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West and Central region, said: “There’s never a perfect time to close parts of the railway to make improvements, but bank holidays and weekends are the quietest times when the fewest people use the railway.

"We work closely with our industry colleagues to get as much work done as possible during the closures and minimise its impact on people’s journeys.

"Network Rail has also reorganised our Railway Upgrade Plan improvements to keep trains running for this year’s very special VE Day."

Susie Homan, director for planning, engineering and operations at the Rail Delivery Group, added: “Although there is a never a good time for improvement work, it’s essential to make journeys more punctual, maintain a safe railway and support our plans to run 11,300 more services by the mid-2020s."

Passengers can plan their journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk.