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Kings Cross closure: what you need to know

Kings Cross station, which will be subject to engineering woks this weekend. Credit: PA Images

Rail passengers in our region have been reminded not to travel to London this weekend. Network Rail, the Government body responsible for the UK's rail infrastructure, is carrying out major engineering work at Kings Cross station.

As result of this, it has warned people not to attempt to travel to the capital.

A spokesperson said that this weekend, "vital" upgrades are being carried out to the signalling system as part of a £1.2bn investment into the route.

Control of a section of the signalling system to a specialist centre in York, with the aim of creating a more resilient railway.

No trains will be able to run on the southern portion of the route because of safety concerns. As a result, there will be no trains on the lines between Peterborough and Kings Cross on Saturday and Sunday.

Passengers are advised to travel on either Friday, 24 or Monday, 27 January instead. It is expected though that these services will be very busy and passengers should book in advance and reserve a seat where possible.

Anyone who does travel has been advised to allow "significantly" more time for their journeys as travel times will be extended and they will need to change trains or use bus replacement services, both of which are likely to be incredibly busy.

Passengers who must travel should plan ahead via National Rail Enquiries or via On Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 01 March, there will also be no services in or out of London King’s Cross, with the same impact on services as this weekend.

Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said:

This weekend, we are continuing with vital work on the £1.2billion East Coast Upgrade, which is the biggest investment into the line in a generation.

We are urging passengers to heed the advice issued which is not to travel to/from London on the East Coast Main Line this weekend. We know that this is disruptive and we do apologise for this. Unfortunately, it is necessary to enable us to progress on this work, which will create more services, faster services and thousands more seats for passengers.

We have also announced further dates later in 2020 and early into 2021 when services are likely to be affected. We want passengers to have as much notice as possible, which is why we have released these dates now. Further and more detailed information will be available in the coming months.

– Ed Akers, Network Rail

A spokesperson for train operators along the route said:

This weekend, significant work by Network Rail will mean widespread changes to services on the East Coast Main Line into King’s Cross, as well as between Hitchin and St Pancras, including the Moorgate Line via Hertford North.

This is a necessary part of the £1.2billion investment into the line and we strongly urge passengers not to travel and to seek alternate travel arrangements. We hope passengers can understand that we are doing all we can to minimise the impact on them which is why we have announced the next set of provisional dates when services will be disrupted. As an industry we are all committed to providing the best possible information to passengers while we work to significantly improve the service we can offer in future.

– East Coast rail operators