East Coast Main Line To Close On Bank Holiday Weekend

Passengers can see how their journey will be affected by visiting http://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/.

The biggest upgrade of the East Coast Main Line in a generation will see the first major closure of the route in 20 years this summer.

The £1.2bn upgrade plan is hoping to create capacity for up to 10,000 extra seats a day on long-distance services.

The first major engineering upgrade will mean no trains are able to travel between Peterborough or Cambridge and London King’s Cross or London St Pancras International during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “We are delivering the biggest upgrade to the East Coast Main Line in a generation to bring huge benefits for passengers – including additional seats, quicker journeys and a more reliable service.

“We know this work will have an impact on people who use the line – we’re doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, but passengers will need to plan ahead and check before they travel.

“Once completed, this upgrade will improve journeys and ensure we can continue to provide a service which meets the needs of the passengers, communities and economies we serve.”

As well as the August Bank Holiday closure, there will be a slightly reduced service on the weekend of 13/14 July for work to be carried out to remove signalling equipment from a disused railway tunnel ahead of laying new track.  It will eventually increase the number of tracks into King’s Cross station from four to six.

Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, major work is taking place between Peterborough and London King’s Cross, as well as a track renewal in Newark.  Passengers using services which start or terminate in the capital are strongly advised not to travel on 24/25 August and to instead travel on Friday, 23 or Tuesday, 27. Work at Newark will continue on Monday, 26 August which means a reduced train service will run.

Passengers can see how their journey will be affected by visiting http://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/.

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