22 FEBRUARY 2021
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Users of LNER East Coast Main Line should be aware that there will be significant disruption of services between now and June regardless of any consequences of the travel ban.
For some weekends both King's Cross and St Pancras stations will be closed. If you are planning on travelling, it is we recommended that you book ahead and set up a Ticket Alert as there will be limited capacity particularly over the Easter weekend.
These works are the latest part of the East Coast Upgrade, the ongoing £1.2bn investment into the East Coast Main Line that will improve capacity, create faster journeys and increase reliability on long-distance train services.
Network Rail is renewing the track, overhead wires and signalling on the approach to London King’s Cross station, as well as building a new tunnel, located just north of Peterborough, to remove constraints to the timetable caused by slower freight trains crossing over the high-speed East Coast lines at Werrington Junction.
The next major stage of the upgrade includes replacing tracks and a track layout which is nearly 50 years old on the 1.5-mile approach into King’s Cross. Once complete, it will help improve reliability and punctuality and will ensure the route has the capacity to deal with future passenger volumes.
In addition, the track is being re-laid in a new layout – improving journeys in and out of King’s Cross. A disused tunnel is being reopened allowing for six tracks into the station instead of the current four.
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David Starkie, London
Does the £1.2bn quoted include the cost of the new tunnel at Werrington Junction?
Andrew Sharp, United Kingdom
Whoa! King's Cross is closed, yes. But (generally) not St Pancras. Thameslink trains which normally run from St Pancras to Cambridge and Peterborough are cancelled because of the work outside King's Cross, but other Thameslink trains and East Midlands Railway trains - and what's left of the Eurostar service - are unaffected and will run normally.