Rail line warns of weekend mayhem
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.’