RAIL passengers are being reminded to ‘check before travelling’ next weekend – October 26 and 27 – as work at Leeds Station will cause major disruption on the Airedale line.

Some services will not run at all and others will operate on a reduced timetable.

The disruption is due to the installation of overhead line equipment and the testing of signalling by engineers working on the construction of a new platform – platform zero.

On the Sunday morning, the station will be completely closed, and a replacement bus service will operate between Shipley and Leeds.

It will mean that just under half an hour is added to journeys from Skipton/Keighley to Leeds.

Passengers on the 10.30am service from Skipton, for example, will arrive in Leeds at 11.34am instead of the usual 11.06am.

People intending to travel on Saturday or Sunday are being urged to check, via National Rail Enquiries or with operator Northern, before they set off.

Network Rail says the changes to services and temporary total shutdown of the station are necessary to allow the work to be carried out safely.

The company adds that once complete, the new platform will provide extra space for trains and lead to improved punctuality of services.

Campaigners are highly critical of peak-time overcrowding on the Airedale line and have hit out at unreliable services.