Essential upgrade work between Hull and Doncaster to result in changes to the rail services in May: New track being installed during engineering work

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Essential upgrade work between Hull and Doncaster to result in changes to the rail services in May

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Network Rail engineers will be working overnight across a weekend in May to carry out vital upgrade work to the rail network between Hull and Doncaster.

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May, engineers will be replacing track on platform 7 at Hull station which will mean more reliable and smoother, journeys for passengers travelling from the station.

On the same weekend, teams will be renewing switches and crosses through Howden, the specialist equipment used by trains to change tracks from one to another, resulting in smoother journeys for passengers.

Road closures are also planned over Howden station level crossing during the work with diversions in place for motorists.

Network Rail is working closely with train operating companies to help keep passengers on the move.

Hull Trains, LNER, Northern and TransPennine Express will be running an amended service with some rail replacement services running*.

Network Rail is advising passengers to check or with their train operator before they travel.

Lee Walker, Project Manager at Network Rail, said: “Our engineers will be working around the clock over this weekend to make essential improvements to the railway between Hull and Doncaster.

“The upgrades will improve the experience of passengers, resulting in a more reliable railway and smoother journeys.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding and we want to encourage passengers to check before they travel via National Rail Enquires or their train operator while the work is underway.”

Notes to Editors

* More detail on rail replacement provision

Hull Trains

Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull will be diverted via Goole and will start and end at Brough. Trains will not call at Beverley, Cottingham, Hull, Howden, or Selby.

Rail replacement buses will run between Brough and Hull.


Buses will replace trains for LNER customers between Hull and Doncaster.


No Northern services will run to or from Hull. Rail replacement services will operate between Goole / Selby / Beverley and Hull

TransPennine Express

Train services will start and terminate at Selby. Rail replacement buses will operate between Hull and Selby.

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