Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) regarding significant Network Rail engineering works

13 Aug 2019 by Felix Shaw

I am writing on behalf of London North Eastern Railway (LNER) regarding significant Network Rail engineering works due to take place this summer which will impact the rail services used by customers in your network. Please find attached a briefing which provides further information. 

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Of particular note is the planned disruption on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August when LNER will not be running any trains between Peterborough and King’s Cross. 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. On Monday 26 August, a much reduced service will be in operation with trains being diverted between Doncaster and Newark or Peterborough as Network Rail’s work in the Newark area continues.

We are strongly advising customers to travel Friday, when northbound evening peak ticket restrictions will be lifted, and Tuesday where they can.

It would be very much appreciated if you could support our efforts to increase awareness by publishing these messages via your own social media channels. We are currently using the attached social content on our social media channels to get the word out. It would be very helpful if you were able to assist in sharing this content through your social media channels or by sharing some of LNER’s posts which are available here:



These engineering works will consist of essential remodelling work on the approach to King’s Cross station, which is a crucial part of the £780m Network Rail investment into the East Coast Mainline. This investment will deliver:

  • Remodelled tracks on the approach to London King’s Cross station;
  • A new terminating platform built at Stevenage for London suburban services;
  • Dive-under constructed at Werrington, just north of Peterborough, to remove conflicts with freight services.

Once complete, this 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.

Should you have any questions about the works or on how you can spread awareness, please feel free to contact me via email at lner@fieldconsulting.co.uk or on 0207 096 7734