NO TRAINS will be running to and from Delamere station when thousands of music fans descend on the forest for a weekend of major concerts.

Due to engineering work on the Mid-Cheshire railway line, replacement bus services from Chester will be in place on both July 2 and 3.

Organisers warn this will limit the number of people able to travel to the station and increase journey times.

The works clash with indie band The Courteeners’ sell-out gig on the Saturday, as well as the following day when Simple Minds take to the stage.

Trains will be running as normal though when Erasure kick off the weekend of gigs at the Cheshire beauty spot on Friday, July 1.

Concerts at Delamere Forest attract up to 5,500 fans with the likes of Paul Weller, James Morrison, Doves, Elbow and Katherine Jenkins performing there in previous years.

The Forestry Commission has emailed customers warning them about the disruption.

A spokesperson said: “Due to important and essential emergency repairs, there will be no trains on the line.

“We have been working with Northern Rail and local partners to put together some alternative travel options.”

These include a park and ride facility at Blakemere Craft Centre in Sandiway where fans can travel to the venue on a minibus for £2 return.

A Northern Rail spokesperson said: “Due to scheduled engineering work we will provide replacement bus services throughout Saturday and Sunday to meet the demand at Delamere Forest.

“Passengers are advised to check for further details.”

Concert organisers are urging fans who are planning to walk home to wear reflective or hi-visibility clothing.

Those who are getting a lift or a taxi should arrange to meet at the signed pick up and drop off point, and this should be organised in advance as mobile phone reception is poor.

Car parking is available at Delamere Forest from 4pm over the three nights, with the arena then opening two hours later.