Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Travel Advice

Be very careful travelling by road over the next 48 hours. I have just recieved the attached update from East Coast Mainline, who are being very helpful given the difficulties with train travel at the moment, which is good:
Christmas travel advice


Travel today and tomorrow, 23 and 24 December
Passengers are urged to check before setting out as weather is worsening on the East Coast route.
Ticket restrictions have been lifted for the rest of today and tomorrow to help people get home and to onward destinations for Christmas.
As a precautionary measure, Network Rail, which is responsible for the track and other infrastructure of the railway, has imposed speed restrictions on the line, with services currently restricted to 50 mph south of Peterborough.
East Coast is now operating a reduced timetable of four trains per hour from London King’s Cross, having maintained the published timetable until 16.00 today.

Services on 27 December
The East Coast Main Line will be closed between Grantham and Huntingdon on Friday 27 December with a rail replacement coach service in operation for all journeys between Huntingdon and Grantham.
Journey times will be significantly extended as Network Rail will close the route from 25 to 27 December inclusively as it carries out upgrade work at Peterborough as part of a £43 million investment in improving train services at this important rail hub.

East Coast has been advising passengers to defer travel to an alternative day where possible. Additional services will be operating on Saturday 28 December to help cater for additional demand and provide extra travel opportunities.

Services between 28 December - 1 January 2014
The usual ticket restrictions will continue to be lifted until 1 January inclusive. This means that all time restrictions on Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day tickets will be lifted on East Coast services.

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