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      Travel to London: Warning issued as capital’s key rail route closed to cause chaos for two days

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      Passengers planning to travel on the East Coast Main Line this weekend are urged to plan ahead as the East Coast’s £1 billion digital program continues. Four train operators will run modified and reduced service on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, while Grand Central services will not operate at all.

      The disruption comes as the East Coast Digital Program aims to provide more reliable rail between London King’s Cross and Peterborough. The government-backed East Coast Digital Program aims to create the next generation of rail travel, according to Network Rail.

      In order for the work to be carried out safely, no trains will run between St Neots (south of Peterborough), or between Royston and London over the weekend. London King’s Cross and Moorgate stations will be closed this weekend and there will be no services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park.

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      Passengers should check with National Rail or their train operator’s website for the latest information on replacement train services.(Image: rail network)

      Passengers are urged to check with National Rail or their train operator’s website for the latest information on train replacement services. During the same weekend (18-19 February), a major track renovation program will start around Preston station which will affect services on the West Coast Main Line.

      The works come as a new signage system is being put into use in the area of ​​Wood Green and New Barnet in north London to prepare the area for future digital signage. New equipment and technology is also being installed alongside the line between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin in Hertfordshire, as this section will become the first part of the East Coast Main Line to operate with digital signage.

      Paul Rutter, Network Rail’s East Coast Route Director, said: “It’s exciting to see the East Coast digital program move forward as we get closer to offering passengers more reliable travel along a digital railway that it is fit for the future.


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