Peterborough Rail passengers are warned of upcoming disruption to the East Coast Main Line

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Network Rail, Great Northern and Thameslink are advising passengers traveling on the Northern City and East Coast Mainline to plan ahead as work on the East Coast Digital Scheme intensifies.

The next stage of the innovative program will see the installation of new signaling equipment on the Northern City Line, which runs from Finsbury Park to Moorgate, as well as testing of the new equipment before it goes into service.

The newly installed equipment will eventually allow signallers to communicate with the latest in-cab technology on trains. Being able to react in real time will increase reliability and reduce delays, creating a more modern and reliable railway for passengers. The project will also improve worker safety, meaning they will spend less time on the track repairing equipment or maintaining the track.

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Crews will also work to upgrade tracks and install new signaling equipment on the route between Hatfield and Knebworth on the East Coast Main Line.

To ensure these vital improvements are carried out safely, changes will be made to weekend services for Great Northern and Thameslink passengers in February and March.

On 12/13 February and 12/13/20 March no trains will run between Finsbury Park and Moorgate.

Trains to and from Moorgate will be diverted to London King’s Cross.

On 20/27 February and 6/13/20/27 March, trains between London and Cambridge/King’s Lynn/Peterborough will run on a revised timetable

These services will be diverted via Hertford North – although not all will stop there

Buses will replace trains between Alexandra Palace and Stevenage via Welwyn Garden City

Buses will also replace trains between Hertford North and Stevenage

Passengers are advised to allow sufficient time for their journey and to check before traveling via National Rail Inquires’ online planner.

Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail‘s Director, Industry Partnership Digital, said: “The work we are carrying out over the next few months is crucial in enabling us to introduce digital signage, helping to improve travellers’ journeys.

“The nature of the work means there will be service changes and we are sorry for any impact this has. We encourage anyone traveling on these routes in February and March to check their travel in advance.

Great Northern and Thameslink’s Director of Customer Services, Jenny Saunders, said: “The work being done by Network Rail will help create the railway of the future, delivering more reliable services to passengers and, on the main line of the east coast, the potential for more frequent services in the future.

“Please check how your service may be affected by visiting National Rail Inquiries‘ online journey planner. We really appreciate your patience.

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