Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work on the East Coast Mainline over the August Bank Holiday Weekend; Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August.
The route operates from London King’s Cross towards Grantham, Peterborough, Newcastle, York and Scotland.
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, the line will be closed between Peterborough and London and no trains will be able to run in either direction.
On Monday 26th there will be fewer services than usual and trains will also be diverted between Doncaster and Newark North Gate.
As there will be no services from London Kings Cross to the North, we expect customers who would usually travel on the East Coast Main Line will instead travel on East Midlands Trains services to/from London St Pancras.
However, this is one of the busiest weekends in the year and the number of customers likely to come from the East Coast as well as those travelling to the various special events, football matches and sporting fixtures mean our services are likely to be exceptionally busy.
East Midlands Railways said:
Nottingham – London St Pancras
‘Although we are doing everything we can to provide as many seats and services as possible the number of expected customers means you should avoid travelling with East Midlands Raiways throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend.
If you do travel, you are likely to experience any or all of the following:
- Queues outside and inside stations
- Extended waits on platforms to board trains
- Exceptionally busy trains with some customers likely to stand for their entire journey
- Your journey may also take longer than normal’
Travelling to the football?
In addition to the engineering works above, there are also several football fixtures which are expected to increase the number of customers wanting to travel on our services during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
We are advising supporters of all clubs not to travel by train to and from these fixtures.
We will also be working with the clubs to advise of alternative travel options.
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Derby County v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Leeds United
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Doncaster v Lincoln City
Barnsley vs Luton Town
Fulham vs Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield Town vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
Nottingham – Lincoln
On Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August route upgrade work will be taking place at Newark. This will affect train services on our Leicester-Nottingham-Lincoln and Matlock-Derby-Newark Castle routes.
Saturday 24th August
Leicester to Lincoln trains will run between Leicester and Nottingham only. Rail replacement coaches will run between Nottingham and Lincoln.
Matlock to Newark Castle trains will run between Matlock and Nottingham only. Rail replacement coaches will run between Nottingham and Newark Castle.
Grimsby to Newark North Gate services will run between Grimsby and Lincoln only. Rail replacement coaches will run between Lincoln and Newark North Gate.
Sunday 25th August
Nottingham to Lincoln trains will not run. Rail replacement coaches will run on this route.
Lincoln to Newark North Gate trains will not run. Rail replacement coaches will run on this route.
Monday 26th August
Leicester to Lincoln trains will run between Leicester and Nottingham only. Rail replacement coaches will run between Nottingham and Lincoln all day.
Matlock to Newark Castle trains will run between Matlock and Nottingham. Rail replacement coaches will run between Nottingham and Newark Castle all day.
Grimsby to Newark North Gate services will run between Grimsby and Lincoln only until 1030. Rail replacement coaches will run between Lincoln and Newark North Gate until 1030.