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Train passengers urged 'not to travel' on East Midlands Rail services over bank holiday

East Midlands Railway are telling passengers across the region not to travel by train during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work on the East Coast Main Line during the weekend. The route operates from London King's Cross towards Grantham, Peterborough, Newcastle, York and Scotland.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no trains between Peterborough and London and there will also be fewer services than normal on the Bank Holiday Monday

In addition, there are numerous major events taking place across the East Midlands network which are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people across the weekend.

As a result, far more passengers than usual are expected to travel on East Midlands Railway services throughout the weekend.

If at all possible, passengers are therefore advised not to travel on EMR services between Saturday 24th and Monday 26th August.

Passengers who do travel during this weekend can expect:

  • Queues outside and inside stations
  • Extended waits on platforms to board trains
  • Exceptionally busy trains with some customers likely to stand for their entire journey
  • Your journey may also take longer than normal


Sarah Turner, General Manager for East Midlands Railway said:  “Asking passengers not to travel with us is never a decision we take lightly.

“However, the unique combination of the first major closure of the East Coast Main Line for decades and the major events on our network means we fully expect our services and stations to be exceptionally busy. Therefore, if possible our passengers should avoid travelling with us this weekend.

 “We are doing everything we can to reduce the disruption as much as possible. We will have staff out and about across the network to provide as much help and support as possible and we are also working closely with our neighbouring train operators to make sure our plans are coordinated and robust.

“Nonetheless, passengers who do travel can expect queues at stations, extended waits on platforms and exceptionally busy services.”

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