SEVERE disruption is expected on the East Coast Mainline at the end of the month as no rail services will operate into London King's Cross.

Due to planned engineering works, LNER and Grand Central passengers are being advised NOT to travel on services to or from the capital.

The East Coast Mainline between Peterborough and London King's Cross will be closed by Network Rail on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1. 

The Northern Echo:

Those with rail tickets are being advised not to travel on the route during that time, and to travel on alternative dates.

A spokesperson for train operators along the route, said: “Significant work by Network Rail will mean widespread changes to services on the East Coast Main Line into King’s Cross.

“We would urge passengers to follow the travel advice issued, which is not to travel to or from London on this route and instead, to travel on alternative dates.

“We would like to thank all passengers for their patience and we look forward to them reaping the improvements when this project completes.”

The Northern Echo:

During the line closure, Network Rail is testing signalling equipment in Stevenage and working on new overhead line equipment. 

Apologising for the disruption, but confirming the work was 'absolutely vital,' Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We know that there have been numerous changes to services to and from London over the past two months and we apologise for any inconvenience which this has caused.

“There’s never a good time carry out upgrade work on this scale. The work taking place on Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March is absolutely vital to keep this scheme progressing well and we would urge passengers not to travel to and from London on the affected routes on these dates.  

“This work is the final weekend which this project will impact on services until June and I would like to thank passengers for their continued patience whilst we work on this project, which will bring huge benefits to passengers.”

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