Passengers are being reminded to plan ahead and check before they travel if they are using the East Coast Main Line over the August Bank Holiday weekend as key engineering work for the billion-pound East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) takes place.
From late evening Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August 2023, engineering work will focus on a stretch of line between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin in Hertfordshire, in preparation for digital signalling to be used from 2025.
Peterborough’s power signal box will be closing on the evening of Friday 25 August, moving local signalling control up to York’s modern rail operating centre, allowing for trains to move more efficiently across junctions and to reduce delays.
Passengers are being reminded that rail replacement buses and coaches will operate from late evening Saturday 26 August to early morning Monday 28 August. No train services will run from Peterborough with bus services operating between Grantham, Royston and Potters Bar/Hertford North, as well as between Grantham, Leicester and Ely.
Delivering ECDP will result in a more reliable railway with lower emissions thanks to digital signalling being introduced. Signalling information will be fed directly to a screen in the driver’s cab, replacing traditional lineside signals.
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