Transforming travel to and from King’s Cross

A major, multimillion-pound investment into the infrastructure at King’s Cross railway station will transform train travel to and from London on the East Coast Main Line by replacing track, signalling and overhead line equipment outside the station.

The project is set to provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve this vital part of the rail network, which carries trains bound for as far afield as northern Scotland, as well as many commuter services across the South East, and prepare the infrastructure for the future.

What the work involves

We are simplifying the approach to King’s Cross station.

The track layout has reached the end of its design life and become harder to maintain. While the station itself was modernised in 2012, the existing track and signalling was installed over 40 years ago and is nearing the end of its operational life.

The project will see a-mile-and-a-half of track, signalling and overhead line equipment re-thought, re-planned and re-laid to reduce the long-term cost of operating and maintaining the railway into the station.

At the same time we will also be opening two new lines by re-opening a disused tunnel on the approach to King’s Cross.

Benefits to passengers

Replacing infrastructure installed in the 1970s with modern equipment will improve track and signalling on this key route into London to meet the future demands at one of the busiest UK train stations, which currently sees 33.8million passengers a year.

Further benefits include:

  • Reduced journey times and separation of traffic flows which can allow for a more efficient timetable to be run through the area.
  • The investment at King’s Cross, combined with the introduction of new trains, other schemes on the route and revised timetables will not only create space for additional train services between London and the North, but will also help ease congestion and reduce journey times.

Once the upgrade is completed, the station will benefit from more passenger services, and a simpler, more reliable and resilient track layout for faster, smoother journeys.

August work

Work took place over two weekends in July and August 2019.

Over the August bank holiday major progress was made on the project, including track renewal in Copenhagen tunnel, transfer of overhead lines and moving control of part of the railway from King’s Cross signal box to the new Rail Operating Centre in York.

January and February 2020

Following the work done in August, the next date that there will be some service disruption is on the morning of Friday 27 December, following the holiday closure for Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.

Operators have limited access into King’s Cross at the start of service until 13.00 on Friday 27 December and they will be running a reduced timetable.

Work is also taking place during the weekends in January and February, which will mean there is a reduced service. There will be no trains in and out of King’s Cross during the two weekends below:

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January
  • Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March

There will also be five weekends when there is a reduced service on the East Coast Main Line. Passengers along the route are urged to check before travelling, and to allow additional time for their journey, as the trains will be busy and are likely to take longer than usual.

The weekend dates are:

  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January
  • Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February

Please check the East Coast Upgrade website for the latest information.

Contact us

Please visit our contact us page or call our national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.