Harrogate rail passengers unable to travel to London on first weekend in September

Passengers wishing to travel to London Kings Cross from Harrogate and vice versa on the first weekend in September will be unable to do so.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 12:30 pm

All trains in and out of Kings Cross station on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 have been cancelled as works continue on the £1.2billion East Coast upgrade.

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.

Train operator LNER, which runs Azuma services directly between Harrogate and Kings Cross, has advised passengers to avoid London over the weekend wherever possible.

It tweeted: "There will be no trains to/from London King's Cross on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September due to essential @ECML upgrade work. We advise customers not to travel to/from London on this weekend unless necessary."

Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This work which is taking place in and around King’s Cross station is an essential part of the East Coast Upgrade. It will allow further major improvements to take place, including the reopening of the railway tunnel, which will make space for more trains coming in and out of the station.

“We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling to London King’s Cross over the first weekend in September, as they will need to change trains and services which are running may be busy. Those who do need to travel to London should check their journeys and allow plenty of time.

No trains will go in or out of London Kings Cross station between September 5-6.

“We would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst vital work on the East Coast Upgrade is carried out and we apologise for any inconvenience. The project will bring improved services, faster journeys and a more reliable railway.”

For more information, visit orlo.uk/cESu6 or LNER's twitter page.