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?

The next planned engineering works take place over the August bank holiday. The graphic below highlights how our stations are affected. For further information please see the table below.

Route map for August bank holiday

Dates affected by works

August bank holiday weekend: 24, 25 & 26 August

Dates Travel advice 
Thursday 22 August Travel on this date for August Bank holiday
Friday 23 August Travel on this date peak ticket restrictions have been removed in the afternoon travelling northbound from London King's Cross
Saturday 24 August DO NOT TRAVEL: No trains to or from London King's Cross, because the station is closed.
Sunday 25 August DO NOT TRAVEL: No trains to or from London King's Cross, because the station is closed.
Monday 26 August

Trains will be very busy:

  • There will be a reduced LNER train service to and from London King’s Cross. 
  • Seats on most LNER trains towards London King's Cross are now fully reserved.
  • Please ensure you have reserved a seat on all other journeys and where possible we recommend travelling on Tuesday 27 August (usual ticket restrictions apply).
  • Trains will be diverted between Doncaster and Newark North Gate while Network Rail carry out track renewal work. Plan your journey here.
Tuesday 27 August LNER trains return to normal timetable, plan your journey here.

Travelling with a bike? If part of your journey involves a bus replacement you won't be able to bring your bike with you because there won't be suitable storage


Plan your journey here

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.

Seat availability

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?