LNER has announced a list of cancellations for today (Thursday, 25 July) as temperatures peak.

As reported yesterday, the train company is advising people not to travel as record high temperatures are forecast across much of Britain.

As well as the cancellations, speed restrictions will be imposed between Peterborough and
London King’s Cross, which will also result in extended journey times.


Here are the confirmed cancellations for Thursday, 25 July:

Since this list was published the following services have also been axed:

  • 07:00 Hull to KingsCross
  • 11:56 Newark to KingsCross

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And this is the National Rail Enquiries page for updates across the network.

Limited to 60mph

This heat map shows the temperatures of a railway track in the sun
Network Rail says steel rails could top 50C in the sun – leaving the risk of buckling under pressure.

So to protect passenger safety, speed limits are being halved on the East Coast Main Line south of Peterborough.

This is set to lead to train cancellations, longer journey times and busier services on the network. The speed limit on the Midland Main Line will also be halved south of Leicester.

The speed limit of the East Coast Main Line is 125mph in normal circumstances. But the extreme weather is set to see that limit reduced to 60mph at the southern end of the line.

Warrick Dent, LNER safety and operations director, said:

  • We apologise to customers for the
    inconvenience the forecast record-breaking high temperatures will inevitably cause.

    Tickets for Thursday 25 July will be valid for travel on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Alternatively, customers can apply for a refund if they no longer wish to travel.