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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."

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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Councils must encourage more 'free' ATMs says minister

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Councils should encourage shops to install free cash machines by offering business rate discounts, a Government Minister has said.

Local Government Minister Penny Mordaunt said that small shops often struggle with local rates payable on cash machines, so giving them an incentive to install free machines would help their businesses and consumers facing fees at the same time.

Ms Mordaunt said: "People should not have to pay through the nose to access their cash. Free-to-use cash machines are a vital service that we are asking councils to take seriously."

The suggestion was welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores, which said half of local stores now contained an ATM.

Despite the growth of cashless payment systems many small stores still rely on cash. But machines in shops can often charge fees of several pounds to users no matter how big the withdrawal.

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Archbishop of Canterbury diagnosed with pneumonia

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has been diagnosed with pneumonia after being forced to pull out of his Christmas Day sermon through illness, Lambeth Palace said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby missed the annual Canterbury Cathedral service after being unwell for a several days with what was thought at the time to be a "severe cold".

Lambeth Palace tweeted today:

Today, he was taking bed rest at home but a Boxing Day tweet was posted on his personal account, saying:

Man dies in three-car crash

A man died following a collision on the Southbound A1 near Scotch Corner.

The man, 72, from Darlington, was travelling with two other people in a red Ford Focus when the accident happened.

The two other occupants of the car were uninjured.

Two other cars - a Silver Peugeot 206 and a Black Nissan Qashqai - were involved in the collision. None of the occupants of either cars were injured.

The incident happened at around 7.40am on Boxing Day at junction 56 between Barton and Scotch Corner. Police are asking anyone who saw the red Ford Focus prior to the incident to contact them on 101.

Hundreds brave the cold in Boxing Day dips

Crowds in the sea at Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI
Boxing Day Dip at Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI
Sunderland RFC players get ready for the Dip at Sunderland Credit: Sunderland RFC
Hundreds head for the cold in Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI
Boxing Day Dip at Redcar Credit: Dave Cocks/RNLI

Hundreds of fundraisers braved the icy waters of Boxing Day to take part in Dips across the regions.

People of all ages donned fancy dress and crazy swimming costumes to participate in the 31st annual dip at Seaburn in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Redcar and South Shields among others.

Boxing Day Dip South Shields Credit: Keith Miller
Boxing Day Dip South Shields Credit: Keith Miller
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