Thursday 22 Oct 2020
No trains to or from London King’s Cross on November weekend and during six-day closure at Christmas as Network Rail makes progress on £1.2billion East Coast Upgrade
Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, and for a six-day period over Christmas, as essential work continues on the East Coast Upgrade.
The £1.2billion project will transform journeys between London, the North and Scotland. It will make way for more services on the East Coast Main Line to meet future passenger demand and bring a more modern, reliable railway.
Major progress has been made in and around King’s Cross, including work towards the re-opening of a disused railway tunnel which will allow more trains to enter and exit the station, as well as improvements to the track and signalling.
On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, Network Rail engineers will install overhead line equipment and make further improvements to the signalling system. This work can only be done safely when there are no trains in the area.
The following changes to services will be in place over the weekend:
- LNER services to/from the north will start/end at Peterborough. Rail replacement coaches will run between Peterborough and Bedford, where passengers can use Thameslink or East Midlands Railway services to/from London St Pancras.
- No Grand Central services will run between Bradford/York and London King’s Cross on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
- Hull Trains is operating an amended service to/from London St Pancras on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
In addition, there will also be a reduced service running on the East Coast Main Line over this weekend, and two additional weekends in November, as work takes place to improve and replace sections of track. On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, as well as on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, trains between Doncaster and Peterborough will be diverted via Lincoln, which will extend journey times.
Passengers who still need to travel to London over these weekends are strongly advised to check their journey via National Rail Enquiries, at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or with their train operator and allow plenty of time.
Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This work which is taking place over weekends in November is a vital part of the East Coast Upgrade. The project will bring a more modern, reliable railway for passengers.
“We are making as much progress as possible without disrupting services, but work on the overhead line equipment and improvements to the signalling system can only be carried out safely when there are no trains in the area.
“We thank passengers for their continued patience and strongly advise those who need to travel to or from London to check their journey and allow plenty of time.”
A spokesperson on behalf of train operators on the route, said: “We would like to thank passengers for their patience whilst these improvements are carried out as part of the East Coast Upgrade.
“We strongly advise people to check their journey before travelling via National Rail Enquiries, at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or with their train operator. Replacement buses will be running and some journeys will take longer.”
Further work is planned over the coming months and the dates of full and partial closures at King’s Cross have been announced up to June 2021. This includes an extended six-day closure between Christmas and the New Year. No services will be running to or from London King’s Cross from Friday 25 December until Wednesday 30 December. There will also be a reduced service on Thursday 24 December, and between Thursday 31 January and Sunday 3 January 2021.
There will also be limited services on the East Coast Main Line between Grantham and Peterborough during a nine-day period in January. Between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 January, major work is taking place at Werrington, north of Peterborough, on a project to build a dive-under. This new section of railway will mean slower freight services can go underneath the East Coast Main Line, making space for additional passenger services to help meet demand.
Passengers can find out more so they can plan their journeys in advance at eastcoastupgrade.co.uk
People are reminded that they must wear a face covering on public transport, unless they are exempt, or they could be fined up to £6,400.
Notes to Editors
Current key dates for the upgrade work:
(these are subject to change and passengers will be kept informed of any changes):
- Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November – Reduced service and extended journey times to and from King’s Cross Station to continue work on overhead lines and on signals
- Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November – King’s Cross Station closed for overhead line works. No services to or from King’s Cross Station or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park
- Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November – Reduced service and extended journey times to and from King’s Cross Station for work on track and overhead lines
- Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – An amended timetable will be in place
- Friday 25 and Saturday 26 December (Christmas Day and Boxing Day) – No services along the entire route
- Sunday 27 through to Wednesday 30 December – No services to or from King’s Cross Station
- Thursday 31 December through to Sunday 3 January – An amended timetable will operate
- Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January - Reduced service and extended journey times to and from London King’s Cross
- Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January - Reduced service and extended journey times to and from London King’s Cross
- Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January - Reduced service and extended journey times to and from London King’s Cross
- Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January – No services to or from King’s Cross Station, or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park
- Sundays 7, 14 and 21 February - Reduced service and extended journey times to and from London King’s Cross
- Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February – No services to or from King’s Cross Station or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park
- Monday 1 March through to Friday 4 June – A temporary, dedicated timetable will operate at King’s Cross station to support the relaying of the redesigned track layout with reduced services operating. At peak times such as between 8-9AM on weekdays, ten trains per hour will arrive at King’s Cross, two fewer than operate today, with a reduced impact at less busy times when fewer trains usually operate
- Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April – No services to or from King’s Cross Station for all three days or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park on the Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June – No services to or from King’s Cross Station or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park
Engineering work between Grantham, Peterborough and Stamford Stations for work at Werrington:
- Nine-day closure period from Saturday 16 January to Sunday 24 January 2021 – Limited services between Grantham and Peterborough, with many passengers needing to transfer to rail replacement services while work continues on a new section of railway at Werrington which will free up space for extra passenger services
- Friday 4 June to Sunday 6 June 2021 – No services between Stamford and Peterborough, no services between Grantham and Peterborough on the second two days, with many passengers needing to transfer to rail replacement services to complete the new infrastructure at Werrington
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