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Spalding to Peterborough and London King's Cross rail services to be reduced next weekend (July 13 and 14) because of track upgrade




Rail passengers in South Holland are being warned to expect disruption affecting trains to and from London next weekend.

A £1.2billion scheme to upgrade rail tracks both in and out of London King’s Cross station means that services on LNER (London North Eastern Railway) journeys from Peterborough, Newark Northgate and Grantham will be reduced on July 13 and 14.

Anyone travelling to the Wimbledon tennis championships, London West End theatre shows, the British Summer Time Music Festival in Hyde Park, Kew the Music at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond and other events will be affected.

During this period, Network Rail engineers will be removing old signalling equipment from a disused railway tunnel at King’s Cross so that new track can be laid in the tunnel.

Rail passengers will face a reduced service on the East Coast Main Line on July 13 and 14.Photo supplied by Network Rail.(13219716)
Rail passengers will face a reduced service on the East Coast Main Line on July 13 and 14.Photo supplied by Network Rail.(13219716)

The work will increase the number of tracks into King’s Cross from four to six, helping to increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line.

Rob McIntosh, managing director (Eastern) for Network Rail, said: "This work is vital and will bring long-term benefits for all users of the route, including more seats and faster, more reliable journeys.

"These improvements will enable us to continue to provide a service which meets the needs of our passengers, communities and economies."

The work is part of the East Coast Upgrade, described by Network Rail as the biggest investment into the route for a generation.

Work is taking place this August Bank Holiday weekend to upgrade rail lines between Peterborough, Cambridge and London King’s Cross, St Pancras and Moorgate.Photo supplied by Network Rail. (13221999)
Work is taking place this August Bank Holiday weekend to upgrade rail lines between Peterborough, Cambridge and London King’s Cross, St Pancras and Moorgate.Photo supplied by Network Rail. (13221999)

As a result, major work will be taking place this August bank holiday between Peterborough and Cambridge and King’s Cross, St Pancras and Moorgate.

Passengers using services which start or end at London King's Cross are being told not to travel at all on August 24 or 25, but to make their journeys on Friday, August 23, or Tuesday, August 27 instead.

Mr McIntosh said: "As work on the East Coast Main Line gathers pace, it is really important that passengers check before travelling.

As part of a £1.2billion upgrade into the route, Network Rail engineers will work to remove old signalling equipment from a disused railway tunnel at London King’s Cross Rail Station.Photo supplied by Network Rail. (13220636)
As part of a £1.2billion upgrade into the route, Network Rail engineers will work to remove old signalling equipment from a disused railway tunnel at London King’s Cross Rail Station.Photo supplied by Network Rail. (13220636)

"This is the biggest upgrade to the line in a generation and projects on this scale inevitably bring some disruption.

"We do not want anyone to be disappointed and so we would urge passengers to plan ahead before theu travel."

Work will also be taking place elsewhere along the East Coast Main Line route in order to keep the number of times when passengers are disrupted as few as possible.

Passengers can check before travelling by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484950, visit http://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/ or https://www.lner.co.uk/

Upgrade of East Coast Main Line over August Bank Holiday weekend means reduced services



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