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East Coast Main Line upgrade means reduced services at weekends in early 2020, says Network Rail




South Holland rail passengers are being urged to plan ahead due to further work on a £1.2billion upgrade of the East Coast Main Line (ECML).

Journeys to and from London King's Cross, on a route linking the station with York, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh, will either be severely reduced or cancelled on each of the first nine weekends in 2020.

For passengers travelling from Spalding Rail Station to London after changing at Peterborough, no trains will stop at King's Cross over the weekends of January 25/26 and February 29/March 1.

Rail passengers will face either reduced or cancelled services on the East Coast Main Line during the first nine weekends of 2020.Photo supplied by Network Rail.
Rail passengers will face either reduced or cancelled services on the East Coast Main Line during the first nine weekends of 2020.Photo supplied by Network Rail.

Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: "We are working to provide more seats and more frequent, reliable and faster journeys for the millions of people who use the line every year.

"However, we cannot do that without causing some disruption and so anyone using the ECML at weekends over the coming months should check before travelling.

"We are really sorry for the disruption this work will cause but the line is long overdue an upgrade and we would ask passengers to bear with us while the next stages of work take place.

The East Coast Main Line serves stations, including Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate, Doncaster, York, Durham and Newcastle.
The East Coast Main Line serves stations, including Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate, Doncaster, York, Durham and Newcastle.

"In the meantime, we would like to thank passengers for their patience so far and assure them that we are doing our very best to keep them moving while the work is under way."

Part of the work, the first on the line for 30 years, involves the upgrading of overhead line equipment in the King’s Cross area.

Another aspect is the relocation of the line's signalling system to a new site in York and for more details, go to https://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/the-programme/



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