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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.

Saturday 17 February – Tuesday 20 February

During the works, the extremely limited rail replacement bus service is likely to be very busy over the four-day period and we are encouraging customers to travel later in the week if they can.

We’d urge people to work from home on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 February if possible, to keep replacement bus services free for key workers.

We also encourage customers with access to their own transport who need to travel to make their own way to a station with a rail service, for example driving and parking at a station on the Thameslink route between Bedford, Luton and St Albans City.

No trains will run between:

  • Potters Bar and Peterborough
  • Potters Bar and Royston
  • Hertford North and Stevenage

Additionally, on Sunday 18 February only, there will be no trains between:

  • Alexandra Palace and Potters Bar
  • King's Cross and Finsbury Park

On Saturday 17, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 February, an amended train service will run between:

  • King's Cross and Potters Bar
  • Moorgate and Potters Bar
  • Moorgate and Hertford North, via Alexandra Palace
  • Royston and Kings Lynn

On Sunday 18 February only, an amended train service will operate between:

  • Moorgate and Alexandra Palace
  • Moorgate and Hertford North, via Alexandra Palace
  • Royston and Kings Lynn

An extremely limited rail replacement bus service will run between: 

  • Peterborough and Bedford via Huntingdon and St Neots
  • Peterborough and Hitchin
  • Royston and Hitchin
  • Stevenage and Luton Airport Parkway via Hitchin
  • St Albans and Stevenage via Welwyn Garden City (Saturday 17, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 only)
  • Potters Bar and Hitchin
  • Hertford North and Stevenage

In addition to the above, the following rail replacement services will also run on Sunday 18 February:

  • Alexandra Palace and Welwyn Garden City via Cockfosters
  • Potters Bar and Cockfosters via Hadley Wood

Ticket acceptance will be in place on the following routes:

  • Greater Anglia services between Cambridge / Cambridge North and London Liverpool Street
  • London Underground between Kings Cross / St Pancras and Tottenham Hale
  • London Underground between Kings Cross / St Pancras and London Liverpool Street
  • Elizabeth Line between Farringdon and London Liverpool Street
  • Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras/Farringdon

In addition to the above, the following ticket acceptance will also be in place on Sunday 18 February:

  • London Underground between Kings Cross / St Pancras and Cockfosters

Please plan ahead and check before you travel - and if you are travelling during this four-day period, leave extra time to complete your journey.

The next phase of the East Coast Digital Programme

The next set of major engineering works will be taking place on Sunday 28 April.

More information and details will be added soon. Please check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions