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East Coast Digital Programme

East Coast Digital Programme

We're working with colleagues and partners across the rail industry to modernise signalling on some of our Great Northern and Thameslink routes.

This means that traditional lineside signals, many of which were installed in the 1970s, will be replaced by state-of-the-art digital signalling – creating a better performing East Coast Main Line for our customers and everyone else who uses it. 

There will be engineering works to allow this to be carried out. Here, you will find information about how your journey is affected. You can also find out more information about the programme, including answers to your frequently asked questions.

The next phase of the East Coast Digital Programme

Sunday 3 December

There will be an extremely limited service, with some stations not being served for the whole day.

Due to the limited service, we encourage you to travel on Saturday 2 December instead, if possible. See below for a summary of our service on 3 December.

Journey planners will be up-to-date from Monday 9 October. Please plan ahead and check your journey at

No trains will run between:

  • Potters Bar and St Neots­
  • Potters Bar and Cambridge
  • Hertford North and Stevenage

A limited rail replacement bus service will run between:

  • St Neots and Bedford
  • Luton Airport Parkway and Hitchin, via Stevenage
  • Cambridge North and Audley End, via Cambridge
  • St Albans and Welwyn Garden City

Services will be busier than usual, so queueing systems may be in place and you may not be able to board your chosen service.

Your tickets will also be accepted on Thameslink services between Bedford, Luton Airport Parkway and London St Pancras, at no additional cost.

Trains will run between:

  • Kings Cross and Potters Bar (Semi fast)
  • Moorgate and Potters Bar (All stations)
  • Moorgate and Hertford North (All stations)
  • St Neots and Peterborough
  • Cambridge North and Kings Lynn

The following stations will have no service for the whole day:

  • Arlesey
  • Ashwell and Morden
  • Baldock
  • Biggleswade
  • Foxton
  • Huntingdon
  • Letchworth Garden City
  • Meldreth
  • Royston
  • Sandy
  • Shepreth
  • Brookmans Park
  • Hatfield
  • Knebworth
  • Watton-at-Stone
  • Welham Green
  • Welwyn North

There will be NO alternative travel options from these stations.

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