Rail passengers are being warned of rail disruption around Whitchurch and Wem over the bank holiday weekend while major track works take place.

Network Rail is set to carry out essential track renewals near Wem station and between Shrewsbury and Crewe during the late May Bank Holiday.

Buses are set to replace the regular service from May 25 to May 27, with stops at Yorton, Wem, Prees, Whitchurch, Wrenbury, Nantwich, and Crewe.

Workers will be replacing more than 260m of track, including switches and crossings.

Over 2,400 tonnes of new ballast will be added around the track by tamping machines.

Notably, Wem level crossing will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians.

Starting at 12.05am on Saturday, May 25 through to 4am on Tuesday, May 28, a signed diversion will be in place.

Marshals will only permit crossing if it's safe, otherwise, the walking diversion will lead through the footbridge between Isherwood Way and Aston Road.

Further disruption is looming for the following weekend, June 1-2, with the line between Shrewsbury and Crewe facing planned closures for more track renewals at Yorton, resulting in trains that run via Nantwich being rerouted via Wrexham and Chester.

Again, replacement buses will be operational.

Nick Millington, Network Rail Wales and Borders route director, said: "We are working really hard to improve train service punctuality and this essential work in Shropshire is a part of our commitment to do that.

"We recognise there is never a good time to close the railway, but we have planned the renewals to minimise disruption as much as possible.

"I would like to thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience during these works."