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Rail passengers reminded no London King's Cross service on February 29 weekend

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Rail passengers are being reminded no trains will be able to call into London King's Cross on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1 as improvements, which will allow more trains to run between London and the north, continue.

Over the weekend work will be done to test signalling equipment at Stevenage station, where a new platform is set to be built, and to install new overhead line equipment.

These improvements are part of the East Coast Upgrade. Once complete Network Rail says it will lead to benefits including faster journeys, more frequent and reliable services and up to 10,000 extra seats on long distance services per day.

People are being advised to travel on Friday February 28 or Monday March 2 instead.

We know that there have been numerous changes to services to and from London over the past two months and we apologise for any inconvenience which this has caused.

There’s never a good time carry out upgrade work on this scale. The work taking place on Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March is absolutely vital to keep this scheme progressing well and we would urge passengers not to travel to and from London on the affected routes on these dates.

This work is the final weekend which this project will impact on services until June and I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst we work on this project, which will bring huge benefits to passengers.

– Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail

Further periods of planned engineering work will take place later this year, with the next weekend of no services to London King’s Cross on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.