Network Rail are continuing with work on the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) in December as they confirmed line closures between London and Peterborough.
The major engineering works for ECDP are due to take place in the Cambridge area on Sunday 3 December with no Great Northern or Thameslink trains operating between the following stations;
- Potters Bar and St Neots
- Potters Bar and Cambridge
- Hertford North and Stevenage
The work on the ECDP, which is being carried out between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin in Hertfordshire, will see new equipment and technology installed in preparation for trains to operate using digital signalling in this area from 2025.
At the same time, work is also being carried out to continue the new Cambridge South station and the Cambridge re-signalling project. Greater Anglia services will operate between London Liverpool Street and Audley End where passengers can connect onto rail replacement bus services to and from Cambridge North.
Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail’s East Coast Digital Programme, said: “This work is vital for the introduction of digital, in-cab signalling on the East Coast Main Line which will provide a better service for passengers and reduce carbon emissions.
“Wherever possible, we seek to avoid engineering works on nearby routes happening at the same time but on this occasion this has not been possible.
We want to thank passengers for their patience and understanding ahead of this work and understand that journeys will take longer than they normally would.”
The engineering work will also affect LNER and Lumo services, with LNER operating a reduced service and Lumo terminating services at Peterborough
Dr Linda Wain, Engineering Director at LNER said: “We recognise this important work will see some changes to our services on 3 December.
“The East Coast Digital Programme is taking our railway into a digital age and will bring long-term benefits for our customers, while also enabling our Azuma fleet of trains to realise their full potential.”
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