East Coast Upgrade

We are working in partnership with Network Rail to deliver their upgrades to the East Coast Main Line.

These engineering works will allow us to run more trains between London, the North of England and Scotland, and to deliver quicker, more reliable journeys across our route.

Dates affected by engineering works in 2021

Good progress has been made, but there’s still work to do. For those using LNER and other train operators, from January to June, there may be periods of significant disruption.

You must have a seat reservation to travel on any LNER train, including during engineering works.

More detailed travel advice to or from your station will be provided ahead of each works on the East Coast Upgrade website at www.eastcoastupgrade.co.uk.

Planned works that will affect LNER trains are expected on:

Please check your journey before you travel.

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January 2021 – Do Not Travel to or from London

Significant disruption with no trains to or from London King’s Cross, or to or from St Pancras via Finsbury Park. LNER services will terminate at Peterborough.

  • Substantial planned disruption due to track and platform upgrade work that requires the closure of all tracks serving London King’s Cross. These upgrades will improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • Those choosing to travel to or from London will to transfer at Peterborough for rail replacement coaches connecting to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International
  • Journey times will be significantly longer and should be avoided wherever possible
  • Alternative routes will likely be very busy and should also be avoided
  • Station specific travel advice is available at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk
  • You must have a seat reservation to travel on LNER trains

Sunday 7 February 2021 - Plan ahead to avoid disappointment

Extended journey times due to reduced trains into and out of London King’s Cross Station.

Sunday 14 February 2021 - Plan ahead to avoid disappointment

Extended journey times due to reduced trains into and out of London King’s Cross Station.

Sunday 21 February 2021 - Plan ahead to avoid disappointment

Extended journey times due to reduced trains into and out of London King’s Cross Station.

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 February 2021 – Do Not Travel to or from London

Three-day period of significant disruption with no trains to or from London King’s Cross, or to or from St Pancras via Finsbury Park. LNER services will terminate at St Neots and Peterborough.

  • Substantial planned disruption due to track and platform upgrade work that requires the closure of all tracks serving London King’s Cross. These upgrades will improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • Those choosing to travel to or from London will to transfer at St Neots for rail replacement coaches connecting to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International.
  • Journey times will be significantly longer and should be avoided wherever possible.
  • Alternative routes will likely be very busy and should also be avoided.
  • Station specific travel advice is available at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk.
  • If you need to travel you can create a Ticket Alert for these dates.
  • You must have a seat reservation to travel on LNER trains.

Monday 1 March 2021 through to Thursday 22 April 1 – Check Before You Travel and Avoid Busy Periods

Long period of significant disruption with limited capacity at London King’s Cross, particularly during the morning and evening peak periods.

  • Planned disruption due to ongoing track and platform upgrades at London King’s Cross that will, when complete, improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • It will be easiest to secure a seat during the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here to check for quieter services.
  • All LNER Lincoln services will start and terminate at Peterborough, with no services on Sundays.
  • No daytime LNER services to or from Harrogate but an early southbound and a late northbound service will operate on all days.
  • No daytime LNER services between Retford and London King’s Cross, with services only running to or from Peterborough. Some direct services will operate in the morning and evening on all days, with some daytime direct services on Sundays.

Friday 23 through to Sunday 25 April 2021 – Do Not Travel to or from London

Three-day period of significant disruption with no trains to or from London King’s Cross for all three days, or to or from St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park on the Saturday and Sunday. LNER services will terminate at Peterborough, Stevenage (Friday only) and St Neots (Saturday and Sunday only).

  • Substantial planned disruption due to track and platform upgrade work that requires the closure of all tracks serving London King’s Cross. These upgrades will improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • On Friday 23 April, those choosing to travel will need to transfer at Peterborough or Stevenage for alternative services between St Pancras International or Moorgate.
  • On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April, those choosing to travel will need to transfer at Peterborough or St Neots for rail replacement coaches connecting to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International.
  • Journey times will be significantly longer and should be avoided wherever possible.
  • Alternative routes will likely be very busy and should also be avoided.
  • Station specific travel advice is available at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk.
  • If you need to travel you can create a Ticket Alert for these dates.
  • You must have a seat reservation to travel on LNER trains.

 

 

Monday 26 April 2021 through to Thursday 3 June 2021 – Check Before You Travel and Avoid Busy Periods

Extended disruption with reduced capacity at London King’s Cross during the morning and evening peak periods.

  • Planned disruption due to ongoing track and platform upgrades at London King’s Cross. These upgrades will improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • The easiest times to secure a seat will be during the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here to check for quieter services.
  • All LNER Lincoln services will start and terminate at Peterborough, with no services on Sundays.
  • No daytime LNER services to or from Harrogate but an early southbound and a late northbound service will operate on all days.
  • No daytime LNER services between Retford and London King’s Cross, with services only running to or from Peterborough. Some direct services will operate in the morning and evening on all days, with some daytime direct services on Sundays.

Friday 4 and Sunday 6 June 2021 – Do Not Travel to or from London or Peterborough

Significant disruption with LNER services terminating at Peterborough and St Neots on Friday 4 June and no LNER services south of Grantham on Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 June. There will also be no trains to/ from London King’s Cross Station or to/ from London St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park.

  • Substantial planned disruption due to works to complete the installation of a new tunnel at Werrington, north of Peterborough, and to complete track and platform work at London King’s Cross. These upgrades will improve reliability and allow faster acceleration and deceleration of our Azuma trains.
  • On Friday 4 June, those choosing to travel will need to transfer at Peterborough or St Neots for rail replacement coaches connecting to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International.
  • On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June, those choosing to travel will need to transfer at Grantham for rail replacement coaches to either Peterborough (if that is their destination) or to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International.
  • Rail replacement journey times will be substantial.
  • There will also be no connecting trains between Stamford and Peterborough from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June.
  • Overall journey times will be significantly longer and should be avoided wherever possible.
  • Alternative routes will likely be very busy and should also be avoided.
  • Station specific travel advice is available at www.EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk.
  • If you need to travel you can create a Ticket Alert for these dates.
  • You must have a seat reservation to travel on LNER trains

Plan your journey

Alternative and rail replacement services will be available during these periods of disruption for those making essential journeys however they will be extremely busy.

All dates listed above are subject to change.

1. Book tickets well in advance

Buying your ticket in advance helps to secure your ticket and can also save you money. Busier trains, especially on Friday and Monday, will sell out.

You can check when tickets for your desired travel date are available and set a ticket alert on our future travel page.

Create a free Ticket Alert

2. Reserve a seat

If you book directly with LNER you will also have a seat reservation as standard. If you bought a flexible ticket, make your seat reservation before you travel.

Make a seat reservation

3. Stay longer

Where possible, extend your stay and travel either side of the planned engineering works. There's plenty of ideas of things to do along our route if you do decide to stay.

Assisted Travel during disrupted services

Every rail replacement vehicle is cleaned before and after use, so customers can be confident that safety is our number one priority.

Our rail replacement services are compliant with relevant government requirements.

If you or someone you know has restricted mobility or access needs, let us know as soon as possible and we'll help in any way we can.

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FAQs

What work is being done?

What is the work at Werrington for and what benefits does it deliver?

Do we know when the work at Werrington will take place?

What are the benefits of the East Coast Upgrade?

When will the work impact passengers?

What should I do if I need to travel on the impacted days?

Do I still need a seat reservation?

Wasn’t King’s Cross recently upgraded?

Why isn’t the work being completed overnight or over the weekend?

How are you managing customer demand?

What are you doing to rectify any disruption to people wishing to go to events?

How has the East Coast Upgrade been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?

Why is this disruptive work planned just as the railway is starting to get back to normal and people are travelling more?

Why are you carrying out work to increase the number of services when some existing trains are now very quiet?

How will passengers be able to adhere to social distancing rules during the work, particularly if there is a reduced train service?

Why have you issued a ‘Do Not Travel to London’ message during some of these periods?

Is it just LNER that is affected? Shall I travel with another operator on these periods?

How will this work impact passengers in Scotland who only travel as far south as Edinburgh?

Will train services be busier than usual during the disruptions?

Can I still travel to London over the affected dates?

You have issued a ‘Do Not Travel to London’ message; and yet you have put in place buses for a route into London?

Can I change my ticket or get a refund if I have accidentally booked travel on an affected service?

Will I be able to claim compensation for my season ticket because of all of this disruption?

How do I keep up with what's happening with further disruptions?

How will you be informing customers of the disruption?

Will this work mean that fares will be going up?