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Rail passengers in Stamford, Rutland and surrounding areas warned about King's Cross train cancellations on June 20 and 21

Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London King’s Cross on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, as the next stage of planned work on the East Coast Upgrade continues.

The installation of new overhead line equipment over the affected weekend is the latest stage of the project which will eventually see a disused railway tunnel leading to King’s Cross reopened, allowing additional tracks to be laid so more trains can enter and exit the station.

When combined with upgrades elsewhere on the route, the £1.2 billion East Coast Upgrade will also allow operators to run more trains, adding an extra 10,000 seats every day, and quicker, more reliable journeys between London, the north and Scotland.

King's Cross will be closed on June 20 and 21
King's Cross will be closed on June 20 and 21

The station will need to be closed to train services for safety reasons.

  • On LNER services, rail replacement buses will operate between St Neots and Bedford where those still travelling can take Thameslink services into London
  • On the Govia Thameslink Railway network, no Great Northern or Thameslink services will run on the East Coast Main Line into King's Cross, St Pancras or Moorgate
  • Rail replacement buses will operate from Potters Bar and New Barnet to stations on the Bedford to St Pancras route and to London Underground stations for onward connections into London

Under the current Covid-19 guidance, people are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel.

Those who have to travel by train on the affected weekend should check their journey ahead of time via EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk, National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.

A spokesman on behalf of train operators on the route, said: “We appreciate any engineering work can cause inconvenience, but this work is really important to make sure we have a railway which can meet the needs of communities and economies along the route for the long term.

"We thank our passengers in advance for their understanding and flexibility.

“The work will mean more reliable, more frequent and faster services with more seats, improving travel for our passengers.

"We’d urge passengers to continue to follow the Government advice to only travel when necessary, and to avoid use of public transport where possible at this time."

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