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Lynn rail travellers can expect disruption

Rail passengers travelling from Lynn to King’s Cross and further afield will have their journeys disrupted over the weekend by work being carried out at the London station.

The station will be closed for three days until Sunday to pave the way for the latest stage in the £1.2 billion East Coast Main Line upgrade.

During this time there will be no trains running to or from King’s Cross, Moorgate or St Pancras International via Finsbury Park.

Some train travellers can expect delays this weekend
Some train travellers can expect delays this weekend

On Friday, trains to and from Cambridge and Peterborough will start and end at Potters Bar where passengers will be able to use replacement buses to connect with either alternative rail services or to link up with London Underground.

Tomorrow, trains to and from Cambridge and Peterborough will start and end at Stevenage.

On Sunday, Cambridge and Peterborough trains will start and end at Hitchin.

Network Rail advises that passengers who need to make essential journeys should check in advance via National Rail Enquiries at EastCoastUpgrade.co.uk or on the Thameslink or Great Northern websites and that they should allow plenty of time.

This weekend’s work will enable the start of the main thrust of the upgrade with the bulk of the work taking place from the beginning of March through to early June.

The work, to improve the track layout just outside King’s Cross, will see the current layout, which is 40 years old, lifted, replaced and realigned.

Work will also reopen a railway tunnel which has been out of use since the 1970s. It will provide two additional tracks, reduce congestion and make it easier for trains to get in and out of King’s Cross.

Once the work is complete in June, teams will have installed more than 6km of new track and 15km of overhead lines which are used to power the trains.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The work we are doing over the next three months is crucial piece of the puzzle on the upgrade.”

He said that other upgrades on the route will include improving the power supply and constructing a new dive-under tunnel near Peterborough.

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