LONG-TERM plans to improve rail services in Lancaster will cause passenger misery in April and May.
Trains will not run through Lancaster for seven weekends during these months, with some Friday afternoon and Monday morning services also affected.
Network Rail is about to start an £8.6m project to improve speed and efficiency through Lancaster.
Currently, northbound trains can only call at platform three at Lancaster railway station, but engineers will start work at the end of February to upgrade existing tracks and signalling, enabling trains from both directions to stop at platform four, as well as platform five if necessary.
The works will run until June, and there will be a number of closures throughout April and May.
A spokesman for Network Rail said the closures were necessary to allow the work to be carried out safely and efficiently and .alternative travel arrangements will be provided.