Further works to take place next week to restore services between Kings Lynn and Ely: Tamping machine track leveling

Friday 14 Oct 2022

Further works to take place next week to restore services between Kings Lynn and Ely

Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia

Network Rail will carry out further works next week to restore services between Kings Lynn and Ely, which will result in changes to the rail service.

Work to restore normal services has been completed, however a number of speed restrictions remain in place on sections of the line. This is because of track issues caused by the hot, dry summer.

Network Rail has planned additional track repairs to remove these restrictions to run a more reliable service.

To minimise disruption these repairs will take place overnight but will affect evening and late-night services from Monday 17 until Thursday 20 October. The last trains on these dates will operate as follows:

  • The last train departing Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross (via Ely and Cambridge) will depart at 19.40
  • The last train departing London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn (via Cambridge and Ely) will depart at 20:39

Great Northern is in the process of booking rail replacement buses between Kings Lynn and Ely and when confirmed they will appear in journey planners along with train service alterations which will start to appear in journey planners from Saturday 15th October. It is expected that a full service will begin again on Friday 21st October.

Closing the railway early is more efficient and allows for the work to be carried out quicker than in a series of shorter closures. This is because so much time is taken setting up and closing down each work site.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “We are sorry for further disruption to peoples’ journeys as we continue to repair the damage to the ground beneath the tracks. I’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience while we improve reliability on this line.”

Jenny Saunders, Great Northern and Thameslink’s customer services direction, said: “We're sorry that passengers will be disrupted but it's really good news that Network Rail will be removing speed restrictions which have been holding up our services and delaying our customers.”

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