Upgrade of East Coast Main Line over August Bank Holiday weekend means reduced services for passengers from South Holland between Peterborough, London King’s Cross and Newark
Rail users in South Holland face disruption over the August Bank Holiday weekend due to a £1.2billion upgrade of the East Coast Main Line.
Services between London King's Cross and Edinburgh, with connections at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark and Doncaster, will be affected whilst improvement work takes place.
The biggest upgrade of the East Coast Main Line in a generation will result in the first major closure of the route in 20 years as capacity is created for up to 10,000 extra seats a day on long-distance services.
But as a consequence, no trains will be able to travel between Peterborough and London King’s Cross during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Rob McIntosh, Network Rail's route managing director, 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 and we are doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.
"However, passengers will need to plan ahead and check before they travel.
"Once completed though, this upgrade will improve journeys and ensure that 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 East Coast Main Line over the weekend of July 13 and 14 so that signalling equipment can be removed from a disused railway tunnel ahead of laying new track.
This will eventually increase the number of tracks running into King’s Cross from four to six.
Nevertheless, passengers using services which start or terminate in London are strongly advised not to travel on August 24/25 and should instead travel on August 23 or 27.
In addition, work at Newark Northgate Station will continue on Bank Holiday Monday itself, August 26, meaning that a reduced train service will run on that day.
A spokesman on behalf of train operators along the route, including LNER, Great Northern and Greater Anglia, said: "This is essential work that will allow more trains to run and provide quicker journeys on long-distance services.
"Passengers are strongly recommended to plan their journeys well in advance of the August Bank Holiday weekend because whilst other routes into London will remain available, they could be significantly busier than normal.
"New trains are going into service on the route, however, new trains need new infrastructure."