News from East Midlands Trains

08.06.2015

Major Changes to East Midlands Trains services to and from London 20 and 21 June


  • Services will start and finish at Luton
  • Buses will run between Luton and London St Pancras in both directions
  • Significantly reduced service north of Luton throughout weekend
  • Services will be busier than usual
  • Part of major investment to improve the railway
  • Check before you travel

East Midlands Trains is urging customers to check before travelling on 20 and 21 June during a weekend of Network Rail engineering work to improve services in the future.

East Midlands Trains will start and terminate at Luton, with no services in or out of London. Buses will run between Luton and London St Pancras International in both directions and a significantly reduced service will operate north of Luton.

Customers should check before travelling and leave more time to make their journey. Services are also likely to be busier than normal.

Steve Hughes, Area Director for Network Rail said: “We are completing many different upgrades to our rail network over the weekend of 20 and 21 July.  This will bring real benefits for passengers, both in improving day to day reliability and providing an improved network which can run more and faster services in the future. 

“By completing all of these items of work over a single weekend we minimise the impact upon passengers and we have worked hard with operators to make sure that good alternative travel routes are available. I thank passengers for their patience during this essential work.”

Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Experience and Commercial Director at East Midlands Trains, said: “This work is extremely important to improve the railway, which will improve reliability and help to increase services in the future.

“In the short term, we understand it will have an impact on customer journeys and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Customers who are travelling on 20 and 21 June should check before leaving and allow extra time for their journey.”

Further travel information:

Saturday 20 June

If you are travelling Southbound:

-       The train service will be significantly reduced, with one train per hour running between Sheffield / Derby and Luton, and one train per hour running between Nottingham and Luton.

-       Additionally, hourly train services will run between Nottingham and Kettering and between Corby and Kettering to connect with services to and from Luton.

If you are travelling Northbound:

-       The 00:15 St Pancras to Leicester service will not run

-       The train service will be significantly reduced with one train per hour running between Luton and Derby / Sheffield, and one train per hour running between Luton and Nottingham.

-       Additionally, hourly train services will run between Kettering and Nottingham and between Kettering and Corby to connect with services to and from Luton.

Sunday 21 June

If you are travelling Southbound:

-       The train service will be significantly reduced, with one train per hour running between Sheffield/Derby and Luton.

-       Additionally, an hourly train service will run between Nottingham and Leicester to connect with services to and from Luton.

-       A rail replacement bus service will run between Corby and Kettering.

If you are travelling Northbound:

-       The train service will be significantly reduced, with one train per hour running between Luton and Derby/Sheffield.

-       Additionally, an hourly train service will run between Leicester and Nottingham to connect into with services to and from Luton.

-       A rail replacement bus service will run between Kettering and Corby

The work scheduled for the weekend of 20/21 June includes:

  • Demolition and reconstruction of Robinsons pedestrian bridge to the north of Elstree and Borehamwood station. 
  • Bringing into service a new servicing facility for Thameslink trains at Cricklewood .
  • Track renewals at Radlett, Harpenden and Derby.
  • Renewal of overhead line electrification equipment between Mill Hill and Scratchwood.
  • Drainage improvements near Wellingborough.
  • Work on new, modern signalling equipment between West Hampstead and Radlett Junction as part of the Thameslink programme.

 

For more information, please visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk or National Rail Enquiries website where details of alternative transport are detailed http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/currentAndFuture.aspx