Rail line warns of weekend may­hem

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RAIL pas­sen­gers plan­ning a bank hol­i­day get­away this weekend are be­ing urged to avoid the East Coast Main Line.

Train operator Lon­don North Eastern Rail­way (LNER) is­sued a ‘do not travel’ warn­ing for the route be­tween Lon­don and Scot­land via York on Satur­day and Sun­day. King’s Cross will be closed due to Net­work Rail en­gi­neer­ing work, mean­ing there are no trains be­tween Lon­don and Peter­bor­ough. LNER will run a se­verely re­stricted ser­vice from Scot­land and the north of Eng­land to Peter­bor­ough, but trains will be ex­tremely busy and pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to re­serve a seat or risk hav­ing to stand for the jour­ney.

All Grand Cen­tral ser­vices are can­celled and Hull Trains ser­vices will be di­verted to run to and from Lon­don St Pan­cras.

Other events and sport­ing fix­tures which will be af­fected by the rail dis­rup­tion in­clude Ed­in­burgh Fringe Festival, York race­course’s Ebor Festival, Cream­fields near War­ring­ton, Manchester Pride, the Ashes cricket Test in Leeds, rugby league’s Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley, Leeds Festival and a full weekend of foot­ball fix­tures.

Net­work Rail said: ‘ We are very aware that bank hol­i­day en­gi­neer­ing work affects many peo­ple who will have wanted to make the most of the long weekend. We do the work then is be­cause it affects far fewer peo­ple than a clo­sure on a nor­mal work­ing day.’

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