King’s Uncrossed – Introducing the East Coast Main Line Upgrade

King’s Uncrossed – Introducing the East Coast Main Line Upgrade

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Please see attached briefing from LNER Trains on the cancellation of the Peterborough to London Kings Cross route from Peterborough Railway Station on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019.

The East Coast Main Line is one of the UK’s main railway arteries, with King’s Cross the 10th busiest station in the country serving 38.5m passengers a year. With demand, upgrades and improvements are essential. The East Coast Main Line upgrade is a £780m Network Rail investment into our route, which will deliver:

· Tracks on the approach to London King’s Cross station remodeled;

· New terminating platform built at Stevenage for London surburban services;

· Dive-under constructed at Werrington, just north of Peterborough, to remove conflicts with freight services.

This work, when complete, will allow us to run up to 8 long distance services per hour into and out of London, and will enable us to deliver quicker and better journeys for passengers across our route and more direct services to London.

Of course, we recognise that these works will result in disruption for passengers, but we intend disruption to be as minimal as possible by carrying out much of it during planned weekend closures of the railway between 2019 and 2021. This disruption is unavoidable if we wish to bring King’s Cross and the network into the 21st century and ensure the passenger journey continues to improve in the long-term.

King’s Cross Remodeling Programme

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The King’s Cross Remodeling Programme will involve all of the track, sub-systems and overhead line equipment being renewed in the station ‘bottleneck’ from King’s Cross to 1.5 miles out, whilst the approaches will also be enhanced for the first time since the 1970s, when much of the existing layout was installed by British Rail. A large number of switches and crossings currently located close to the platform ends will be re-sited either within the Gasworks Tunnel or in the cutting between Gasworks Tunnel and Copenhagen Tunnel, around a mile from King’s Cross.

As part of the works, the disused eastern Gasworks Tunnel will be reopened and used for rail traffic for the first time in almost 50 years. This will reduce conflicting train movements in and out of the station, and thus allowing the new Azuma fleet to utilise its increased acceleration.

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Network Rail are transferring the entire southern East Coast Main Line signaling to the Route Operation Centre in York. This will improve the long-term reliability of the route.

Stevenage and Werrington Projects

At Stevenage a new terminating platform is being constructed for London suburban services; and at Werrington a dive-under is being installed to take freight trains away from the mainline fast tracks.

These two pieces of work will be taking place to reduce the conflict between LNER services and local stopping-services at two major junctions on the southern part of the East Coast Main Line. This will give our trains a clear run on the southern part of the route, allowing us to unlock quicker journeys with our new Azuma trains.

You can find out more about The East Coast Upgrade at

King’s Uncrossed – Planned Disruption

Under the current proposals agreed with Network Rail, this project is anticipated to be completed in 2021. There are significant works taking place in August which will severely affect services.

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th August 2019

o LNER will not be running any trains between Peterborough and King’s Cross on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August. In addition, trains will be diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough as Network Rail carry out further upgrade work in the Newark area.

This will cause significant disruption across our entire route and we have therefore made the decision to issue a ‘Do Not Travel’ message to customers for this weekend.

Monday 26th August 2019

There will be a much reduced train service to/from King’s Cross on Monday 26th August with trains being diverted between Doncaster and Newark or Peterborough as Network Rail’s work in the Newark area continues. We will be strongly advising customers to travel Friday – northbound evening peak ticket restrictions will be lifted, and Tuesday where they can.

2020 and 2021

Throughout 2020 and 2021 the work will continue:

o At King’s Cross with planned platform track renewals, a pair at a time;

o with the completion of the work at Stevenage and Peterborough (Werrington); and

o with a 50% reduction in platform availability at King’s Cross from Christmas 2020 to March 2021 as the bulk of the remodeling programme is carried out.

In several instances during this period, King’s Cross will again be completely closed. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information and planned disruption through written briefings and information events with senior members of the LNER and Network Rail teams.


We understand these works will cause disruption for passengers across the route, so we are working closely with Network Rail throughout the works to ensure customers are informed every step of the way of works taking place.

In partnership with Network Rail, LNER are using a range of outlets to ensure passengers are aware of when the works are taking place and the disruption to be expected. We are communicating this through a wide range of channels, from our website and social media channels, to information at stations. We are also briefing our passenger facing and social media teams so that they can provide information to customers in real time, online and at stations.

We are aware of a number of large events taking place across our route over the Bank Holiday weekend. With this in mind, we have proactively contacted all event organisers and are working with their teams to raise awareness and encourage event goers to plan their journeys in advance.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information on the issues raised in this briefing paper, please do not hesitate to contact: