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Full train service through Grantham resumes after East Coast line closed for major work

Network Rail says a full train service is now running on the East Coast Main Line following major engineering work over the bank holiday weekend.

Engineers worked round the clock to upgrade signalling between King’s Cross station, Cambridge and Peterborough. Network Rail says this phase of work has now been completed and has created a more reliable railway which will be 'more resilient in times of disruption'.

Engineers also carried out work to overhead power lines in readiness for improvements to the track layout and the power supply, which will take place at a later stage of the £1.2billion investment. Network Rail workers also made good progress on a major project to install a new platform at Stevenage station.

The East Coast Main Line was closed over the weekend for major engineering work. (15775714)
The East Coast Main Line was closed over the weekend for major engineering work. (15775714)

Work to renew a level crossing in Newark continued yesterday meaning that a reduced service ran. This work is also now completed.

Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Our engineers carried out a huge amount of work over the last three days and I would like to take this opportunity to thank travellers for their patience whilst this vital work took place and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“A full train service has now resumed following work on the East Coast Upgrade, which is a huge investment into the railway and will bring significant benefits for all users of the route. Such significant upgrades do bring some unavoidable disruption and we do understand that this can be frustrating. We will continue to plan this work meticulously and do as much work as possible without affecting passengers, and when this is not possible, make sure we carry out multiple improvements at the same time.”

A spokesperson for train operators along the route said: “We are working closely with Network Rail on the East Coast Upgrade and we would like to express how grateful we are to passengers for their patience and understanding. A full service has now resumed and we will continue to work collaboratively as a rail industry to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Further closures are planned from early 2020 and Network Rail and train operators will keep passengers informed. The latest information can be found at eastcoastupgrade.co.uk

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