East Coast Main Line upgrade means no trains in and out of London King's Cross on Saturday, September 5, or Sunday, September 6
Train passengers are being urged not to travel to London King's Cross this weekend while vital work takes place in and around the station as part of the East Coast Upgrade.
Over the weekend, Network Rail engineers will be carrying out essential work towards the re-opening of a disused railway tunnel near King’s Cross, which will allow more trains to enter and exit the station.
Work will also take place to renew the tracks to certain platforms, make improvements to the signalling at the station and strengthen Camden Sewer which runs beneath the tracks, bringing smoother journeys for passengers.
As a result, there will be no trains in or out of London King's Cross tomorrow (Saturday) or Sunday.
People who need to travel to London from the north on the East Coast Main Line will need to change trains at Peterborough on to Thameslink services, which will run to St Pancras International on Saturday, and to Finsbury Park on Sunday.
Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This work which is taking place in and around King’s Cross station is an essential part of the East Coast Upgrade. It will allow further major improvements to take place, including the reopening of the railway tunnel, which will make space for more trains coming in and out of the station.
“We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling to London King’s Cross over the first weekend in September, as they will need to change trains and services which are running may be busy. Those who do need to travel to London should check their journeys and allow plenty of time.
“We would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst vital work on the East Coast Upgrade is carried out and we apologise for any inconvenience. The project will bring improved services, faster journeys and a more reliable railway.”
A spokesman on behalf of train operators on the route, said: “This work is really important and a vital step towards more reliable, frequent and faster services for our passengers.
“We would like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding whilst this part of the East Coast Upgrade is carried out. Passengers who need to travel to or from London should check how their journey will be affected by visiting EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk, National Rail Enquiries or checking with their train operator.”
Passengers are strongly advised to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries, at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or with their train operator, and to allow plenty of time.
The £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade is the biggest investment in the line in a generation. It will transform journeys on the East Coast Main Line and improve connectivity between London, the North and Scotland. Once complete, the upgrade will deliver improved reliability and punctuality for passengers and will ensure the route has the capacity to deal with future passenger volumes.