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.

Buses replace trains between Peterborough and Ely on Sunday 3 March

Start date
03/03/2019  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Cambridge / Stansted Airport

East Midlands Trains between Liverpool Lime Street / Nottingham and Norwich

Greater Anglia between Peterborough and Ipswich / Colchester

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryEast Midlands TrainsGreater Anglia

High Output Ballast Cleaning is taking place between Peterborough and Ely, closing all lines.


Buses will replace trains between Peterborough and Ely, calling at March. 

East Midlands Trains:

Trains between Liverpool Lime Street / Nottingham and Norwich will be revised to terminate / start at Peterborough.

An express rail replacement service will operate between Peterborough and Norwich, in both directions.

Greater Anglia:

Buses will replace trains between Peterborough and Ely.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


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.

Project information:

Over time, ballast wears down and becomes rounded. The pieces of ballast then fit together less easily, reducing the ballast’s effectiveness.

Ballast cleaning removes this worn ballast, screens it and replaces the ‘dirty’ worn ballast with new angular ballast.