No trains from Grantham to London at the end of the month as £1 billion rail upgrade continues
Rail passengers have been warned not to travel to London at the end of the month because of work on the lines at King's Cross.
Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line say no trains will be able to call at London King’s Cross on Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1, as vital improvement work continues as part of a £1 billion upgrade of the line.
Over that weekend, Network Rail will work to test signalling equipment at Stevenage station as part of work to build a new platform there. Work will also take place to install new overhead line equipment. To allow this work to take place safely, no services are able to run between Peterborough and London King’s Cross.
Network Rail says once complete, the upgrade will bring many benefits for the 20 million passengers who travel on the route each year, including faster journeys, more frequent and more reliable services, as well as up to 10,000 extra seats on long distance services every day.
Passengers are urged not to travel to or from London on the East Coast Main Line on February 29 and March 1 as the next stage of work takes place. Passengers are advised to travel on Friday, February 28, or Monday, March 2, instead. These services will be very busy and passengers should book in advance and reserve a seat where possible.
Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We know that there have been numerous changes to services to and from London over the past two months and we apologise for any inconvenience which this has caused.
“There’s never a good time carry out upgrade work on this scale. The work taking place on Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1, is absolutely vital to keep this scheme progressing well and we would urge passengers not to travel to and from London on the affected routes on these dates.
“This work is the final weekend which this project will impact on services until June and I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst we work on this project, which will bring huge benefits to passengers.”
Further periods of planned engineering work will take place later this year, with the next weekend of no services to or from London King’s Cross on June 20 and 21. For more information passengers are advised to visit www.eastcoastupgrade.co.uk
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