This August bank holiday weekend a huge workforce will deliver vital upgrades to enable better journeys for passengers.

Our teams will carry out works that will lead to more reliable infrastructure and improved facilities from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August inclusive.

The railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays so doing work at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers.

Why we carry out major improvements over weekends and bank holidays

Most of the country’s services will remain unaffected but there will be significant changes to some routes’ normal services so we advise passengers plan ahead.  

What are we doing this August bank holiday?

The major investment projects include:

  • Significant work taking between Peterborough and Cambridge and London King’s Cross, London St Pancras International and Moorgate stations. Passengers using services which start or terminate at London King’s Cross or London St Pancras are strongly advised not to travel on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August and to instead travel on Friday 23 or Tuesday 27 August. The work is part of the East Coast Upgrade which is the biggest investment into the route in a generation and will provide more seats, quicker journey times and a more reliable service when it completes in 2021.
  • Upgrading the overhead wiring system and renewing the track on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment. This will see buses replace train services between Shenfield and Southend Victoria/ Southminster from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August.  

Find out more

You can find a breakdown of how some journeys will be affected by visiting and following #AugustBHworks on Twitter.