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East Coast Digital Programme Upgrade Work

Major upgrades affecting services to and from London Kings Cross on Sunday 3 December 2023

On Sunday 3 December the East Coast Main Line will be closed between London and St Neots, south of Peterborough, meaning there will be no direct services to and from London King’s Cross.

What does this mean for passengers travelling to and from London King’s Cross with Grand Central, Hull Trains, LNER or Lumo?

Journeys to and from London will take considerably longer than normal and passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Grand Central

There will be no Grand Central services.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains will be running a reduced train service which will divert and terminate in St Pancras.


LNER will be operating a reduced service with train services starting and terminating at St Neots. If travel is essential, bus replacements are in place between St Neots and Cockfosters (London Underground), but with extremely limited availability and will take considerably longer (approximately 2 hours).


Lumo services will terminate at Peterborough and a limited replacement coach service will be in operation.

What does this mean for Great Northern and Thameslink services?

The ASLEF union has announced that strike action will take place on Thameslink and Great Northern on Sunday 3 December. There will be no Thameslink or Great Northern services operating.

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About the East Coast Digital Programme

Work on the East Coast Main Line is taking place as part of the Government-funded transformational East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP), that will see state-of-the-art digital signalling introduced, providing continuous, real-time information to the driver’s cab. This is aimed at improving reliability for passengers, while also reducing emissions. The digital technology is already close to being implemented for Great Northern passenger services between Finsbury Park and Moorgate in London.

If you would like to know more about ECDP please visit the East Coast Digital Programme website(external link, opens in a new tab).