'No trains to London' warning for Doncaster rail passengers next month

Doncaster rail passengers are being warned there will be no trains in and out of London King’s Cross for two days early next month as vital work continues on a £1.2 billion upgrade.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 2:08 pm

Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers not to travel to London King’s Cross on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, while vital work takes place in and around the station as part of the East Coast Upgrade, which will improve journeys for passengers.

Over the weekend, Network Rail engineers will be carrying out essential work towards the re-opening of a disused railway tunnel near King’s Cross, which will allow more trains to enter and exit the station.

Work will also take place to renew the tracks to certain platforms, make improvements to the signalling at the station and strengthen Camden Sewer which runs beneath the tracks, bringing smoother journeys for passengers.

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Rail passengers in Doncaster are being warned there will be no trains in and out of London King's Cross on September 5 and 6.

In order for this latest stage of work to be carried out safely, there will be no trains in or out of London King’s Cross over this weekend. People who need to travel to London from the north on the East Coast Main Line will need to change trains at Peterborough onto Thameslink services, which will run to St Pancras International on Saturday 5 September and to Finsbury Park on Sunday 6 September. Fast Great Northern services from Cambridge will also finish at Finsbury Park instead of King’s Cross, which will extend journey times.

Passengers are strongly advised to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries, at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or with their train operator, and to allow plenty of time. All trains are expected to be busier than normal. Passengers travelling on LNER services must have a seat reservation, which can be made up to five minutes prior to departure.

People are also reminded that they must wear a face covering on public transport. However, some people are exempt, including young children and people with hidden disabilities or breathing difficulties. Anyone who does not wear one and is not exempt could receive a £100 fine from the British Transport Police.