Network Rail has issued a warning to passengers travelling on the Midland Mainline on weekends this August as extensive engineering works may cause disruption.
So works are carried out safely, sections of the Midland Mainline between Sheffield, the East Midlands and St Pancras International will be closed.
Services on East Midlands Railway and Govia Thameslink Railway through Bedford may be affected.
You may also be affected if you’re travelling further afield on CrossCountry trains.
The work includes:
- 1 to 2 August – Work will take place ahead of the construction of the new Brent Cross West station, which is expected to open in 2022.
- 8 to 9 and 15 to 16 August – Work will be carried out to renew the track on the approach to St Pancras International station.
- 22 to 23 August – Network Rail engineers will test and commission new overhead line equipment on the route.
- 29 to 31 August – Major work will take place to commission the overhead lines and signalling system, as a vital part of the construction of Brent Cross West station.
- 29 to 31 August – Work will be carried out to renew the track, and replace the sleepers and ballast which support it, between Mill Hill Broadway and St Pancras International.
Network rail say the work is vital and passengers may need to change trains or use bus replacement services.
Network rail says these projects will bring “smoother, more reliable services and better connections”.
A spokesperson on behalf of train operators on the route, said: “We understand that that any engineering work can be inconvenient, and we would like to thank our passengers for their patience whilst these improvements are carried out on the Midland Main Line.
Passengers are advised to check with their train operator for each individual journey ahead of time and leave plenty of time as they may need to change trains, use alternative routes or use bus replacement services.