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Rail travellers told to avoid the bank holiday weekend

Great Northern issues advice during upgrade work


East Coast Main Line do not travel notice

Great Northern is “strongly advising” against rail travel over the August bank holiday weekend.

There will be no service on the line between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August, and a reduced service from Moorgate on bank holiday Monday 26 August.

This is because of a work by Network Rail to upgrade the East Coast Main Line. According to Great Northern the programme includes:
  • Renewing track, signalling and overhead wire equipment on the approach to London Kings Cross station. The track is being re-laid in a new layout, with a disused tunnel being reopened, allowing for six tracks into the station instead of the current four.
  • A new platform being built at Stevenage for the Hertford North-Stevenage trains (buses are replacing trains between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage while construction takes place)
  • Relocating the control of signalling to Network Rail’s operating centre in York
  • Further improvement works are taking place further north of Peterborough
Great Norther says there will need to be some temporary changes to train services during the upgrade, including:


Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August (Bank holiday weekend)


Over the bank holiday weekend, track work will be taking place outside King’s Cross station and between St Neots and Peterborough. Alongside these works, the signalling system will be turned off and part of the control relocated to Network Rail’s operating centre in York, meaning no trains will be able to run.
  • No Great Northern or Thameslink services between London King’s Cross / London St Pancras and Peterborough.
  • No Great Northern or Thameslink services between London King’s Cross / London St Pancras and Cambridge.
  • No Great Northern service between Moorgate and Welwyn Garden City / Hertford North/Watton-at-Stone).
  • For essential travel a limited replacement bus service will be provided as shown on the map below. Tickets will be valid on the alternative bus and rail routes shown on the map.
  • London Kings Cross station will be closed. LNER trains will not run between Peterborough, Stevenage and London.
  • Great Northern trains will run between Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

Bank Holiday Monday 26 August


  • Reduced service on Great Northern & Thameslink services to/from London King’s Cross.
  • Reduced service on Great Northern services to/from Moorgate.
  • Reduced service on Thameslink services to/from St Pancras.
  • LNER, Hull Trains and Grand Central are also affected with reduced/retimed services.

East Coast Main Line do not travel map

For those wanting to travel to or from Brookmans Park or Welham Green on the bank holiday Monday 26 August you can check which trains are running on the Great Northern site. As you go through the process a warning notice pops up (see below).

GNR travel advice


 Great Northern is carrying out a survey of rail travellers to try to find out what the public thinks about the work.



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