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 and Scotland, and to deliver quicker, more reliable journeys across our route. 

Dates affected by engineering works in 2020 and 2021

Good progress has been made, but there’s still work to do. For those using LNER and other train operators, services will be significantly disrupted on a number of weekends, over the Christmas period, and for extended periods in the first half of 2021.

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.

You can also create a Ticket Alert here to be notified when tickets for your travel dates are on sale.

Planned works that will affect LNER trains are expected on:

2020 planned works continued


Always check before you travel

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October – 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.

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  • If you’re making an essential journey this weekend, you will need to transfer at St Neots with rail replacement coaches connecting to Thameslink services between Bedford and St Pancras International
  • Journey times will be significantly longer with multiple changes required
  • Alternative routes will likely be very busy and should also be avoided
  • You must have a seat reservation to travel on LNER trains
  • If you do need to travel you can create a Ticket Alert for these dates.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 

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

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November – Do Not Travel to or from London

Significant disruption with no services to or from London King’s Cross, or to or from St Pancras via Finsbury Park

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November 

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

Tuesday 22 through to Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Avoid Travel to or from London

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

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 December (Christmas Day and Boxing Day) – No trains run on these days

Services will be very busy with extended journey times on Thursday 24 December due to reduced service into and out of London King’s Cross Station.

Sunday 27 through to Wednesday 30 December – Do Not Travel to or from London

Four day period of significant disruption with no services to or from London King’s Cross Station.

Thursday 31 December through to Tuesday 5 January 2021 – Avoid Travel to or from London

Services will be very busy with extended journey times from Thursday 31 December to Sunday 3 January due to reduced service into and out of London King’s Cross Station.

View the 2021 dates

2021 planned works

LNER services will be impacted on these dates, always check before you travel

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January 2021 

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

Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 January 2021 

Nine day period of significant disruption with very limited services between Grantham and Peterborough.

  • LNER passengers may need to transfer to rail replacement services while work continues on a new section of railway at Werrington which will free up space for extra passenger services
  • More detailed travel advice to be provided. Click here to sign up for ticket alerts.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January 2021 

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

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021 

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

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

Significant disruption with no services to or from London King’s Cross, or to or from St Pancras via Finsbury Park.

Sunday 7 February 2021 

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

Sunday 14 February 2021

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

Sunday 21 February 2021 

Extended journey times due to reduced service 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 services to or from London King’s Cross, or to or from St Pancras via Finsbury Park.

Monday 1 March 2021 through to Friday 4 June 2021 – Check Before You Travel and Avoid Busy Periods

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

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

Three day period of significant disruption with no services 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.

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2021 – Do Not Travel to or from London or Peterborough

Significant disruption with no services to/ from London King’s Cross Station or to/ from London St Pancras Station via Finsbury Park, with significant disruption on our route south of Grantham so Network Rail can complete the new infrastructure at Werrington.

  • There will also be no connecting trains between Stamford and Peterborough from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June.
  • More detailed travel advice to be provided
  • If you do need to travel you can create a Ticket Alert for these dates.

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.

Plan your journey

Due to the engineering works above, LNER services will be limited and busier than usual. Don't miss out and follow our recommendations for travel during engineering works.

1. Book tickets well in advance

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

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. 

Request assistance

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?