Eurovision fans to face rail travel chaos on trains from London to Liverpool
Eurovision ticketholders say they can’t book trains to host city Liverpool on Trainline – as Network Rail sparks fan fury by announcing engineering works on key show dates
- Engineering works will be taking place on May 13 during the final of Eurovision
- They will cause chaos for song contest ticket holders travelling from London
Furious Eurovision fans say they are unable to book train tickets to Liverpool as they blast rail bosses for announcing planned engineering works on key show dates, sparking fears of travel chaos.
The international singing competition will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena later this year, culminating in the grand final on May 13, after Britain was asked to host the contest on behalf of war-torn 2022 winner Ukraine.
But ticketholders to the show say they can’t book onto train journeys between London and Eurovision’s host city during the big weekend.
And in a further blow to Eurovision fans, Network Rail, which maintains the railway tracks, says major engineering works are taking place in key routes, including between London and Liverpool.
One disgruntled fan thundered: ‘Putting on engineering works on a MAJOR line into Liverpool on the weekend/day of the Eurovision final is an absolute joke. They need to change this and fast.’
Eurovision fans hoping to travel from London to Liverpool have been left fuming after Network Rail revealed it was staging engineering works on the railway line during the weekend of the grand final
Meanwhile, those hoping to purchase train tickets in advance have also faced difficulties with Trainline appearing to show that tickets weren’t yet available and are ‘coming soon’
‘Literally knew this would happen,’ wrote another angry fan, while a third branded the situation ‘a big problem’.
However, others have claimed it may not be a complete disaster for Eurovision ticketholders, pointing out the routes impacted are mainly from London, so their are alternative ways to get to Liverpool.
‘It’s really only affecting London according to that info. Most north of London eg MK will be fine. Alternatively routes can be Marylebone to Birmingham and on to Liverpool or King Cross to Sheffield and across,’ one person wrote.
The engineering will impact the Avanti West Coast network, which runs from the capital to Liverpool and Manchester via Birmingham.
Those hoping to book tickets in advance via Trainline have been unable to do so, with a message saying tickets are ‘coming soon’. MailOnline has approached Trainline for comment.
Network Rail warned customers that lines between London Euston and Birmingham New Street, Crewe, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Preston, Carlisle, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh will be ‘affected’.
The travel firm added ‘it is not yet known how Avanti West Coast or London Northwestern Railway’ will be affected by the planned works that passengers are urged to check before they travel.
It is not known which trains will be affected beyond these routes, as the impact to services is not yet shown on the National Rail journey planner service.
Irish comedian and chat show host Graham Norton will be among the presenters leading this year’s action at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool in May
But fans hoping to travel from London to the Liverpool for the spectacle face rail travel chaos. Pictured is 2022’s runner up, Sam Ryder
A Network Rail spokesperson said: ‘We apologise for the inconvenience caused by our planned works.
‘These works are integral for the maintenance of infrastructure to ensure safety for all of the passengers that use our network.’
The news comes after fans attempting to buy their tickets for Eurovision faced an afternoon of chaos on Tuesday.
Tickets for the live shows in Liverpool went live from 12pm, but the Ticketmaster website – which is selling seats – appeared to struggle amid soaring demands.
Punters trying to log onto the webpage to get their hands on tickets were met with an error message, while others reported issues trying to set up accounts.
The online error left Eurovision fans furious, with some branding Ticketmaster a ‘dumpster fire’ and an ‘absolute joke’.
Ticketmaster insisted the site did not crash and said only a small number of fans had been affected.