Train journey could take 18 hours

A train company's website has caused confusion among its passengers buying tickets for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Northamptonshire-based East Midlands Trains advises its passengers to take an 18-hour trip on trains and buses from Kettering to London.

Usually the journey would take about one hour. But the website has not taken note of the replacement services following engineering works. A two-hour replacement bus service is being finalised, a spokeswoman said.

The suggested 18-hour route would have taken passengers through Derby, Crewe and Rugby before a five hour wait in Milton Keynes.

A spokeswoman said: "This is not something that we would ever recommend to passengers nor would we expect a passenger to use.

"The timetable for services on Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Monday 25 May is currently being finalised by Network Rail.

"Once this timetable is available, it will give East Midlands Trains passengers the option of travelling between Kettering and London St Pancras via one replacement bus service and an easy transfer onto a train between Bedford and London, taking less than two hours in total."