The East Coast Upgrade

As a vital part of the multi-million-pound East Coast Upgrade investment, Network Rail are remodelling the track approach into London King’s Cross station. The current track and signalling was installed over 40 years ago and it is in need of renovation. The work will consist of replacing 1.5 miles of track, signalling and overhead line set-up, making it easier to maintain. 

This means there will be track closures throughout the duration of the project. Our Engineering Works page will inform of any alterations to our services.

Hull Trains Services

Hull Trains services are subject to change due to the works taking place as part of the upgrade. This usually happens over weekends and bank holidays.

You can find amended timetables on our Engineering Works page as soon as they are confirmed by Network Rail.

The East Coast Upgrade

Network Rail are undertaking the vital renovation of the London King's Cross station approach.

This is part of the East Coast Upgrade ProgrammeMore information about the project can be found here


Network Rail are undertaking essential upgrades to the railway approach at London Kings Cross station as part of the East Coast Mainline upgrade to improve travel in and out of London Kings Cross. The project includes the renewal of 1.5 miles worth of track, overhead wires and signalling on the approach to London Kings Cross station, along with the re-opening of a disused tunnel. Further details can be found here.
The East Coast Mainline along with London Kings Cross station will be affected. The East Coast Mainline is a key route in rail, connecting the North to the South, which services over 20 million passengers a year. 
The existing track and signalling systems have not been improved since installation over 40 years ago and are coming to the end of its operational life, while the station itself was upgraded in 2012. By re-opening a disused tunnel, 2 additional tracks will be created alongside the existing tracks. Replacing the old infrastructure and making it simpler will make the upkeep easier and more efficient, improving both the long-term cost of operating and maintaining the railway into the station.
Engineering works will affect some weekends where very limited or no trains will be able to run into London King's Cross station. The upgrade will limit the capacity the station can hold. Network Rail are working closely with other train operations, including Hull Trains, to ensure customers are kept well informed and to minimise disruption as much as possible. Confirmations of any amended Hull Trains services will be communicated via our Engineering Works page. Further details can be found on the East Coast Upgrade travel information page.
With the renewal and straightening of the tracks on the station approach, services will benefit from quicker acceleration and de-acceleration. Additionally, less services will get in each other's way making for a quicker and more reliable journey into and out of London King's Cross. The upgrade will also ensure the new layout will allow for the introduction of new "digital railway" signalling technology.
This will enable quicker arrival and departure times at London Kings Cross station, making for a more reliable and pleasant journey for passengers. The additional tracks will allow for more long-distance passenger services and the new layout will create the operational flexibility and resilience to run our new fleet and will be especially beneficial for long distance operators such as ourselves. This will help to meet future passenger demands with passenger numbers expected to increase by 30% by 2023.


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