When not to take the train to London



The timetable for the next travel-disrupting work on the £1.2bn East Coast Main Line upgrade has been revealed.

Network Rail and train operators are urging passengers not to travel to or from London King’s Cross, on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, as vital work continues.

The huge package of works is being carried out to meet future passenger demand and create a more reliable railway.

Over the weekend, Network Rail engineers will carry out essential work to test the new signalling system and replace overhead wires in and around King’s Cross Station.

Further work is planned over the coming months, including another weekend closure at London King’s Cross on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 and an extended closure between Christmas and the New Year.

A partial closure of the station is also scheduled between Monday, March 1 and Friday, June 4, when individual tracks and platforms will need to be temporarily closed at different points over the three-month period.

There will be temporary changes to LNER, Great Northern, Thameslink, Hull Trains and Grand Central services.

Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We’re making good progress on the project to improve access into and out of King’s Cross. Unfortunately, while a lot of the work is being carried out with no disruption to passengers, some key activities just cannot be done safely while trains are running.

“On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October we need to make changes to the signalling and power lines, and we can only do that by stopping trains coming in and out of the station. We’re advising people not to travel to London over the weekend, but those who do need to should check their journeys via National Rail Enquiries, at www.EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or with their train operator and allow plenty of time.

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“Thank you for your continued patience as we progress with these vital improvements.”

Passengers will also not be able to use Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park.

A spokesperson on behalf of train operators on the route, said: “We would like to thank our passengers for their patience whilst this essential work is carried out in and around King’s Cross over the weekend.

“We are asking people not to travel to or from London on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October. Replacement services will be running for those making essential journeys, but these are expected to be busy and journeys will take significantly longer.”

Key dates for upgrade work:

  • November 14/15: Reduced service into King’s Cross Station to continue work on overhead lines and on signals
  • November 21/22: 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
  • November 28/29: Reduced service into and out of King’s Cross Station for work on track and overhead lines
  • December 24: Amended timetable will be in place
  • December 25/26: No services along the entire route
  • December 27/28/29/30: No services to or from King’s Cross Station



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