East Coast Main Line work will affect Grantham rail passengers this summer
Rail passengers using the East Coast Main Line - which links Grantham with Scotland and London - are being advised to plan ahead as work on the line will affect services during the July 13-14 weekend and the August bank holiday (Monday, 26).
Outside King’s Cross station work is under way to re-lay 1.5miles of track in a simpler layout and increase the number of tracks into the station from four to six by reopening a disused route through a railway tunnel. The project will also upgrade the signalling system and overhead line equipment.
During the weekend of July 13-14, Network Rail engineers will remove old signalling cables from the disused railway tunnel in preparation for laying new track, which will take place later this year. During this work the signalling which controls train movements will be out of service on some of the platforms which means a reduced service will run.
A dedicated website giving up-to-date passenger information has been developed and can be found here.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: "The work is part of the East Coast Main Line upgrade which, once complete, will enable two more long distance trains to run each hour and reduce journey times.
"The rail industry is working to package the projects which are under way at several locations on the line together to reduce the number of times that passengers are disrupted and allow them to plan their journeys with confidence."
The biggest impact on services will be during the August bank holiday weekend. Work will take place at various sites between Peterborough and King’s Cross and a complex track layout at Newark will be renewed.
This will result in significant disruption affecting the full length of the East Coast Main Line.
The train operators who serve London on the route are advising passengers not to travel on August 24 and 25. Work at Newark will continue on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, with a reduced train service running and operators are advising passengers to travel either Friday or Tuesday if possible.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform rail travel for the millions of people who use the East Coast Main Line every year.
“A project on this scale does inevitably bring disruption and we would like to reassure passengers that we are doing all we can to keep this to a minimum; this includes working incredibly closely with train operators to keep passengers informed of the changes to services.
“Once completed, the East Coast Main Line upgrade will ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of the communities and economies that our railway serves."
LNER safety and operations director Warrick Dent said: “Our new Azuma trains will be introduced from next month, and with new trains we need new infrastructure, therefore by upgrading the approach to King’s Cross we will unlock the full journey benefits of the fleet – delivering more trains and quicker journeys.
“We are working closely with Network Rail and the other operators to ensure that our customers are inconvenienced as little as possible throughout this key route upgrade.
“LNER customers, across our entire route, are strongly advised not to travel on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August; and we recommend that they travel Friday and Tuesday, booking a reservation to guarantee a seat, where possible."