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Warning of pre-Christmas disruption on West Norfolk rail link

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People planning a pre-Christmas getaway are being urged to check their travel plans after major engineering works were announced.

Industry bosses have announced plans to close Cambridge’s main station during the weekend of December 11 and 12 – just two weeks before the festive period.

The closure means trains will only run on an hourly basis between Lynn and Cambridge North.

Passengers should expect major disruption to train services on the penultimate weekend before Christmas.
Passengers should expect major disruption to train services on the penultimate weekend before Christmas.

Buses will then replace trains between Cambridge North and Royston. There will also be a regular shuttle bus service between the Cambridge and Cambridge North stations.

Officials say the closure is necessary to enable work on a new train depot, accommodating longer trains for new fleets of Great Northern, Thameslink and Greater Anglia rolling stock, to be completed.

The closure will also see a junction between the depot and the main line rebuilt, plus the completion of maintenance and preparation work by Network Rail ahead of a future re-signalling scheme in the area.

Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: “We thank everyone for their patience during this essential work to support our improved train service.

“Keeping Cambridge open and our customers moving over the weekend is important to us and we are working closely with our industry partners, the local transport authorities and bus operators to make journeys as smooth as possible.

“Details of train times will be available in online journey planners from late November.”

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “This work is necessary to improve rail services in the region. We’ve planned maintenance works to take place during the same closure to minimise the impact on passengers.

“Passengers are advised to check how this will affect their journeys before they travel.”

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