Doncaster rail passengers warned of train disruption over Easter weekend

Rail passengers in Doncaster and across South Yorkshire are being warned of rail disruption due to engineering works across the Easter weekend.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 9:30 am

Transport bosses are urging people to plan ahead and check before they travel over the Bank Holiday weekend, as essential engineering works will affect both rail and tram services in the region.

Works north of Sheffield rail station will affect rail services to Doncaster, Rotherham, Worksop, Retford, Meadowhall, Barnsley, Wakefield and Leeds on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 April. Rail replacement buses will be available for some routes, and some services will not call at all stations.

Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said: “These engineering works are essential to maintain our network and make our tram, Tram-Train and rail journeys more comfortable. They will take place over the Bank Holiday to minimise disruption to passengers but, as some services will be affected, we’d like to remind everyone to plan ahead and check their journey before they travel.”

Doncaster rail passengers are being warned of disruption this Easter weekend.

“As the network is still running at reduced capacity and social distancing guidelines remain in place, we’re also asking everyone to minimise their journeys where possible and consider if they can walk or cycle instead. If you do need to travel please remember to regularly wash or sanitise your hands, wear a face covering, unless you’re exempt, and keep your distance from others and leave windows open where possible, so everyone can travel safely.” concluded Tim.

Due to essential engineering works on the main track junction near Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge in Sheffield, all tram and Tram Train services will be suspended on Saturday 3 April around 8pm, resuming on Tuesday morning (6 April).

During this period, tram replacement bus services will run between Fitzalan Square/Pond Square and Manor Top (BL1) and Gleadless Townend and Halfway (BL2). Valid tram tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach and First buses in Sheffield and Rotherham where tram or Tram Train services usually operate and on Northern Rail’s train replacement buses between Sheffield and Meadowhall Interchange.

Passengers can check if their journeys will be affected via National Rail Enquiries, with their train operator or by following #EasterRailWorks on Twitter.

Bus services will operate a weekend timetable over the Bank Holiday. Full details on 01709 515151.