Unlocking King's Cross station

More trains and quicker journeys will be unlocked by Network Rail’s planned work to untangle the tracks outside London King’s Cross train station.

When these works are complete we will be able to run over 25% more trains into and out of the station every day.

What work is being carried out?

While the station itself was modernised in 2012, the existing track and signalling layout has not been improved since it was installed over 40 years ago.

Network Rail are renewing the track, overhead wires and signalling on the approach to the station; and the track is being re-laid in a new layout, with a disused tunnel being reopened, allowing for six tracks into the station instead of the current four.

For more information visit the Network Rail website here

Will trains be impacted?

There will be times of planned disruption and we are working closely with Network Rail and other train operators to finalise our timetable to keep you moving.

We will communicate these dates and the alternative journey routes on this page when they are finalised.

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Dates affected by works

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019

On this weekend we will have a reduced LNER train service running into London King’s Cross while Network Rail carries out essential upgrade work. Please ensure you have reserved a seat if travelling on this weekend

  • On Saturday 13 July, trains won’t depart London King’s Cross until after 08.55
  • On Sunday 14 July trains won't depart London King's Cross until after 10.45.


August bank holiday weekend

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019

Severe disruption is planned for these dates, customers are advised not to travel.

  • Customers are advised to travel on the Thursday, Friday and Tuesday for this weekend.
  • On Friday 23 August there are no peak ticket restrictions in the afternoon travelling northbound.

Bank holiday Monday 26 August 2019

On this day we will have a reduced LNER train service to and from London King’s Cross, with trains diverted between Doncaster and Newark North Gate while Network Rail carry out track renewal work.

Please ensure you have reserved a seat and where possible we recommend travelling on Tuesday 27 August (usual ticket restrictions apply).

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Reserving a seat with your ticket

Our trains will be very busy during the planned engineering works because we have a reduced number of trains. We strongly recommend that you book in advance and reserve a seat. 

LNER Advance tickets come with a compulsory seat reservation, but flexible tickets like Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak and Anytime tickets don’t. The good news is that it’s completely free to reserve a seat.  Just remember to request one when you buy your ticket to ensure you don't end up standing or on a later train during these weekends.

How to reserve a seat

When you book an Advance ticket with us you'll have a seat reservation included. For all other ticket types it's best to check you reserved your seat when you were booking your ticket. 

You can add a seat reservation to your booking by visiting your local LNER station or by calling our customer solutions team on 03457 225 333.


Need extra help? Our Assisted Travel team are on hand to help

You can call the team on the number below or complete the online form if you need:

  • Advice at the stations you want to use
  • Help planning the best route and buying tickets
  • Assistance for when you arrive at the station, change trains or reach your destination 
  • Or reserved seats, including wheelchair spaces and priority seats for extra legroom.

Please contact the Assisted Travel team:

  • Telephone 03457 225 225, option 3
  • Text rely service 18001 03457 225 225
  • Fill in the online form here.

Phone lines are open Monday to Saturday from 8am - 8pm and Sunday 10am- 8pm

Frrequently Asked Questions

Why does the work need to be done, isn't King's Cross station finished?

Is the August bank holiday 'Do Not Travel' message just for travel from London?

Should I travel with another train company on the August bank holiday?