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Major disruption to trains between Yorkshire and London this weekend

Major disruption to trains between Yorkshire and London this weekend

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:00am 23rd August 2019.

Passengers are being advised not to travel to the capital by rail on Saturday and Sunday.

  • There'll be no direct trains to London from Harrogate, Skipton, York or Leeds this weekend
  • It's due to engineering work taking place between Peterborough and London King's Cross as part of a £1.2 billion upgrade
  • Anyone who does have to make the journey is being urged to plan ahead and allow extra time

Network Rail and train operators are reminding passengers of significant disruption to journeys this weekend with travellers in Yorkshire urged not to travel to/from London on 24th or 25th August.

Across Saturday and Sunday, there'll be no direct services to London at all from Harrogate, Skipton, York or Leeds, with only a limited service operating as far as Peterborough.

It's all because of engineering work taking place at the southern end of the East Coast Main Line, which is part of a £1.2 billion upgrade. The lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross and Cambridge and London St Pancras International will be closed for the first time in two decades, meaning no trains are able to run on this portion of the railway. As well as this, there'll also be work taking place at Stevenage and Newark.

Passengers are being urged not to travel on Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th August, and are being advised instead to travel today or on Tuesday 27th August

Work at Newark will be continuing on Monday, 26 August, when a heavily reduced service will be in place, meaning services will be incredibly busy.

If passengers must travel on 24th or 25th August, they are advised to plan ahead and allow additional time for their journey as travel times will be extended and they will need to change trains or use bus replacement services, both of which will be incredibly busy.

Network Rail say the East Coast Upgrade is a vital £1.2billion investment into the railway, which will bring significant benefits for passengers once completed. This includes faster and more reliable journeys, more seats and more frequent services, transforming travel along the route.

Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:

“We are reminding passengers that there will be significant disruption to journeys on the East Coast Main Line this Bank Holiday weekend, with customers urged not to travel on 24/25 August.

“If this is not possible, we are urging passengers to be prepared and to allow additional time for their journey. We understand that this work is disruptive and we are sorry for that, however this is vital work which will improve the railway and provide benefits for passengers in the long run. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who are impacted for their patience.”

A spokesperson on behalf of train operators on the East Coast Main Line, said:

“There will be major disruption to services on the East Coast Main Line over the Bank Holiday as Network Rail works on a £1.2billion investment into the line.

“Passengers are urged not to travel on 24/25 August whilst the work takes place. Other routes into London will be open, but will be significantly busier than usual, so passengers are urged not to travel if possible.”

 

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A tunnel at King's Cross which will be re-opened as part of the East Coast Upgrade