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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

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.

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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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Rail union: East Coast privatisation a 'national disgrace'

Rail union, the RMT, have criticised the government's decision to privatise the East Coast mainline and sell it to a consortium involving Virgin and Stagecoach.

Mick Cash described it as a "national disgrace" and said the current arrangement was earning the British people £1 billion:

It is a national disgrace and an act of utter betrayal that the government has confirmed that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction.

It is simply ludicrous to even contemplate re-privatisation when not only have there been two previous private sector failures on the East Coast route but when the public-sector rescue operation has been such a stunning success. This is pure industrial vandalism by a rotten government hell bent on wrecking successful public services in the name of private greed.

While domestic public ownership puts money back into the coffers that can be reinvested in our railways the private operators suck out colossal sums in subsidies and profits - that's what privatisation means.

The decision to hand this profitable and successful public rail operation back to the vultures from Virgin/Stagecoach is based purely on hard-right political ideology and RMT is committed to continuing the fight to block this betrayal right up to polling day and beyond.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT
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Virgin trains consortium chosen to run East Coast main line franchise

A consortium involving Sir Richard Branson's train company Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the consortium involving Virgin and transport company Stagecoach, who already run the West Coast line, will start the East Coast franchise in March 2015.

There has been speculation that a consortium of Eurotunnel and French company Keolis which is 70% owned by French state railway SNCF, had been chosen as the new East Coast operator.

But Eurotunnel/Keolis have now missed out, as have the other shortlisted bidder, FirstGroup (correct) which has recently also lost its First Capital Connect and ScotRail franchises.

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