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Passengers 'frustrated' by festive travel disruption

David Sidebottom, passenger director at the independent watchdog Passenger Focus, said: "Investment in maintenance and improvement is necessary, and we passengers understand that.

"But overrunning works that disrupt already-limited festive travel are frustrating.

"Our research is clear: passengers want to be kept on the train wherever possible, they want to know before buying a ticket if part of the journey will be by bus, and they want plenty of staff on hand to signpost where to go and what to do.

"We will be looking to see that operators and Network Rail are doing all in their power to alert passengers, to help them make alternative arrangements and to make it easy for them to claim refunds or compensation."

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Network Rail confirms King's Cross cancellations

A view of the front of King's Cross station. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Network Rail confirmed that trains to and from King's Cross would be cancelled tomorrow due to the overrunning engineering works.

The railways operator said that the work was part of a £200 million Christmas investment programme.

It is one of 300 projects being undertaken over the holidays across 2,000 sites up and down the country by some 11,000 railway engineers.

A spokesman said: "What has happened is really regrettable and unfortunate, but it is a small part of a massive amount of engineering investment taking place over Christmas."

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Delays expected if travelling to or from King's Cross station

King's Cross Station Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Train services in and out of London King's Cross station have been cancelled tomorrow because of overrunning Network Rail engineering works.

Sources said that the station would effectively be closed throughout the day due to delays to works north of the station.

East Coast Trains said customers would need to start or finish their journey at Finsbury Park in north London, with at least one change of train.

A reduced service to and from the station will go ahead as planned on Sunday, with trains leaving up to 20 minutes earlier than normal from King's Cross.

East Coast spokesman, Paul Emberley, said: "Network Rail has apologised to passengers for the inevitable delays to their travel plans on Saturday as a result of the overrunning engineering works.

"East Coast is particularly sorry too for the inconvenience to its customers as a result, on what we know is an already very busy travel day immediately following the Christmas break.

"For customers intending to start or finish their journey at King's Cross, consideration should be given to deferring travel plans to either Sunday or Monday.

"We're working hard over the holiday period to make the necessary adjustments to our timetable as a consequence, and to provide as much information as we can."

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East Coast statement on engineering works

East Coast trains will run a revised timetable on 27 December Credit: ITV News

"Advance warning for Saturday 27th December: Due to overrunning engineering works north of London Kings Cross, we are expecting significant disruption to East Coast services.

"Customers are advised to defer travel where possible.

"A revised timetable is currently being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.

"Please check our websiteregularly for updates."

– East Coast Trains

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Stevenage: Historic comet landing named as Physics Breakthrough of the Year

A 10-year space mission to land on a comet for the first time has been named Physics Breakthrough of the year. Credit: Philae Lander

A 10-year space mission to land on a comet for the first time has been named Physics Breakthrough of the Year.

Scientists at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage built the 'Rosetta' spacecraft which carried a probe to the comet more than 300 million miles from earth.

The landing of the Philae probe which carried equipment built at the open university in Milton Keynes was watch by millions world-wide.

Major disruption on trains through Peterborough and Stevenage

A number of trains running through Peterborough and Stevenage have been cancelled and many services have been delayed by up to 60 minutes due to overhead line problems at Doncaster.

Delays are affecting East Coast Trains Credit: PA Images

The problems are affecting the following train operators and routes...

  • East Coast Trains: Between Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London Kings Cross.

  • Grand Central Trains: Between Sunderland, Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross.

  • First Hull Trains: between Hull and London Kings Cross.

First Hull Trains, Grand Central and East Coast passengers may use any service, East Coast passengers may also use Virgin Trains services on 'reasonable' routes.

Passengers may use tickets dated Thursday 27 November for travel today.

Disruption is expected until around 2pm this afternoon.

Click here to read more about disruption on East Coast Trains.

Click here to check your journey on National Rail Enquiries.

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