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West Norfolk rail passengers urged to avoid bank holiday journeys to London

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Rail passengers in West Norfolk are being urged not to travel to London during a period of major engineering works which are due to take place next month.

The East Coast main line is due to be completely shut for two days on August 24 and 25, during the bank holiday weekend.

Great Northern, who operate most passenger services between Lynn and the capital, say their trains, which normally travel into London Kings Cross, will only run as far as Cambridge while the works are taking place.

King's Lynn rail station (14103843)
King's Lynn rail station (14103843)

Greater Anglia services will continue to run to and from London Liverpool Street, though officials say they are likely to be far busier than normal.

Scott Brightwell, planning director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said today: “Customers should avoid travelling anywhere between Peterborough or Cambridge and London St Pancras, King’s Cross or Moorgate on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

“We thank our passengers for their patience during this essential work by Network Rail, which will result in more reliable services.”

Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, added: “We appreciate that this will impact on people.

“However, this work is absolutely to vital to make sure we continue to provide a railway which is fit for purpose and this upgrade will bring significant benefits to passengers once completed.”

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