If you’re thinking of travelling by train to or from London this weekend, the advice is – don’t.
Network Rail is reminding passengers that there will be no trains in or out of London King’s Cross on Saturday 25 January or Sunday 26 January.
Over the weekend, upgrades to the signalling system will take place.
Network Rail engineers will move control of a section of the signalling system to a specialist centre here in York, a move designed “to create a more resilient railway”.
To allow this work to take place safely, no trains will be able to run on the southern portion of the route.
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Passengers are urged not to travel to or from London on the East Coast Main Line. The lines between Peterborough and King’s Cross will be closed for just the second time in two decades.
Passengers are advised to travel on either Friday, 24 or Monday, 27 January instead, although these services will be very busy and passengers should book in advance and reserve a seat where possible.
If passengers absolutely must travel, they should 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 will be incredibly busy.
On Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March, there will also be no services in or out of London King’s Cross, with the same impact on services as this weekend.
Full details are here.