Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Amended service at Newcastle from Monday 8 until Sunday 14 January

Start date
08/01/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Southampton Central / Reading / Plymouth / Penzance and Newcastle / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Aberdeen

Northern between Carlisle / Hexham / Metrocentre and Newcastle

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport / Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle

Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Newcastle / Edinburgh / Inverness / Aberdeen

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryNorthernTransPennine ExpressVirgin Trains East Coast

Engineering work is taking place near Newcastle station, reducing line capacity at the station throughout the week.


Journey times will be extended by up to 10 minutes. Trains which usually run between Reading / Southampton Central and Newcastle will terminate at Durham. Customers can use other services between Durham and Newcastle.


Buses will replace trains between Metrocentre and Newcastle throughout the week.

TransPennine Express

Most trains with the exception of some earlier morning and late night, will not run between York and Newcastle. As a result, there will be a greatly reduced service at Thirsk, Northallerton, Darlington, Durham and Chester-le-Street.

Replacement road transport will run between Durham and Newcastle. Customers can use alternative trains between York and Newcastle, these are provided by CrossCountry and Virgin Trains East Coast. Customers can also use Northern between Darlington, Durham and Newcastle.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Services will be diverted, extending journey times for Northbound services by up to 15 minutes.

Southbound services from Edinburgh will run 15 minutes earlier until Newcastle, thereafter they will run as scheduled.

From 12.15 Saturday 13 until 13.00 Sunday 14 January, Virgin Trains East Coast will run an hourly service between London Kings Cross and the Newcastle / Scotland taking a diversionary route between York and Newcastle with journey times extended by approximately 60 minutes, other services from London King’s Cross will start / terminate at Darlington.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.