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Railway passengers from Stamford and Oakham are being warned there will be no trains to London King's Cross from Peterborough due to engineering works on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1

Stamford and Oakham railway passengers are being warned there will be no trains to London King's Cross from Peterborough in a few weekends' time.

On Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1, there will be no Thameslink or LNER services to King's Cross.

Over the weekend, Network Rail will work to test signalling equipment at Stevenage station as part of work to build a new platform there.

LNER Azuma trains
LNER Azuma trains

Work will also take place to install new overhead line equipment.

To allow this work to take place safely, no services are able to run between Peterborough and London King’s Cross.

Network Rail say the work, which is part of the East Coast Main Line upgrade, will lead to more frequent services, more capacity and quicker journey times.

Passengers are urged not to travel to or from London on the East Coast Main Line on these two days as the next stage of work takes place.

They are advised to travel on Friday February 28 or Monday March 2 instead.

These services will be very busy and passengers should book in advance and reserve a seat where possible.

Principle programme sponsor for Network Rail Ed Akers, said: “We know that there have been numerous changes to services to and from London over the past two months and we apologise for any inconvenience which this has caused.

“There’s never a good time carry out upgrade work on this scale.

"The work taking place on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1 is absolutely vital to keep this scheme progressing well and we would urge passengers not to travel to and from London on the affected routes on these dates.

“This work is the final weekend which this project will impact on services until June and I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst we work on this project, which will bring huge benefits to passengers.”

Further periods of planned engineering work will take place later this year, with the next weekend of no services to or from London King’s Cross on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 June 2020.

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