Further Northern City Line Closures Announced to Keep East Coast Digital Project on Track

Network Rail and Great Northern have confirmed that there will be additional weekend closures of the Northern City Line in the coming months.

This is to allow work on the East Coast Digital Programme ­to remain on track.

Moorgate station

Moorgate station

Three weekends of additional closures will take place this year, with trains diverted into King’s Cross station.

Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said:

“Working with Network Rail, we have been able to confirm additional dates in August and October when the route between Finsbury Park and Moorgate will have to close at the weekend. There may be more alterations later in the year and we promise to keep everyone updated.”

 

The weekend closures will take place on 10–11 July, 7–8, 14–15, 21–22, 28–30 August, 4–5 September and 2–3 October.

Reliability benefits will be felt on the line as early as next summer as work to upgrade track and signalling on the route takes place. The Northern City line will be fully digitally signalled in 2023 and will see trains fitted with the latest in-cab signalling technology and old lineside signals removed.

This will mean that signallers will be able to communicate with trains continuously rather than only at fixed signal points, responding in real time, which will benefit passengers by reducing delays and significantly improving performance.

Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail’s Director, Industry Partnership Digital, said:

“The East Coast Digital Programme will transform this stretch of railway and provide significant improvements to reliability from next summer. We’d like to thank all those impacted for their patience during this time and we look forward to them reaping the benefits of this work.”

 

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