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Disruption to London train services to last well into 2021

Disruption to London train services to last well into 2021

Published by David Dunning at 2:10pm 21st January 2020. (Updated at 7:23am 25th January 2020)

There are no trains in or out of London King’s Cross this weekend as upgrades to improve services continues – and further dates of disruption have been announced for 2020 and into 2021.  

  • There are no trains in or out of London King's Cross this weekend because of signalling upgrades.  
  • Trains between Yorkshire and London will start and finish at Peterborough. 
  • Passengers are urged not to travel to or from London on the East Coast Main Line.

Over the weekend, vital upgrades to the signalling system will take place in the latest stage of the £1.2billion investment into the route.

The work will see Network Rail engineers move control of a section of the signalling system to a specialist centre in York, which will help to create a more resilient railway.

To allow this work to take place safely, no trains will be able to run on the southern portion of the route.

Passengers are urged not to travel to or from London on the East Coast Main Line.

The lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross will be closed for just the second time in two decades.

Kings Cross Network Rail Jan 2020

 

Passengers are advised to travel on either Friday, 24 or Monday, 27 January instead, although these services will be very busy and passengers should book in advance and reserve a seat where possible.

If passengers absolutely must travel, they should allow significantly more time for their journeys 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.

On Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March, there will also be no services in or out of London King’s Cross, with the same impact on services as this weekend.

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

“This weekend, we are continuing with vital work on the £1.2billion East Coast Upgrade, which is the biggest investment into the line in a generation.

We are urging passengers to heed the advice issued which is not to travel to/from London on the East Coast Main Line this weekend.

We know that this is disruptive and we do apologise for this.

Unfortunately, it is necessary to enable us to progress on this work, which will create more services, faster services and thousands more seats for passengers.”

 

Reduced service on East Coast Main Line as work on major railway upgrade continues (1)

 

Whilst still in the planning stages, the rail industry has released the next set of provisional dates which will impact on passenger services. These are:
  • No services to or from London King’s Cross on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 June.
  • A reduced long-distance service planned between Saturday, 5 September and Sunday, 13 September.
  • No services to or from London King’s Cross on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 September.

Whilst these dates are provisional and subject to change, Network Rail and train operators have announced them now to give passengers as much advance notice as possible.

There will also be a period of prolonged disruption from Saturday, 19 December 2020 through to late March 2021 affecting weekdays and weekends, with a mixture of reduced services and no services at King’s Cross.

Further information will be announced as soon as the details are available.