Advice from Network Rail: Passengers are urged to check weekend travel plans this spring as Cambridge area rail upgrades gather pace

Major rail projects to improve the railway infrastructure in the Cambridgeshire area are planned to be carried out between Saturday 11 March and the late May bank holiday. The work will affect passenger services via Cambridge station on most weekends in the period.

Passengers should allow extra time when travelling via Cambridge at weekends as bus replacement services will be operating along some routes to allow Network Rail engineers to carry out important renewals and upgrades to the railway.

Passengers using Greater Anglia, Great Northern, Thameslink and Cross Country services via Cambridge are likely to experience longer weekend journey times. The affected weekend dates are:

  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2023
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2023
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023
  • (Good) Friday 6 to (Easter) Monday 9 April 2023 (Bank holidays)
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April 2023
  • Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2023
  • Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May 2023 (Bank holiday)
  • Sunday 7 and Monday 8 May 2023
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2023
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2023
  • Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May 2023 (Bank holiday)

Work to replace ageing signalling equipment is under way as part of a huge scheme to update the signalling systems in the wider Cambridge area. The Cambridge Re-signalling project is delivering state-of-the-art signalling technology which means better reliability and reduced maintenance, while providing a platform ready for digital technologies such as the European Train Control System (ETCS).

Other planned work will also take place at the same time to make best use of the access to the railway while trains are not running to reduce overall disruption to passengers. These additional works include early enabling work and site set-up for the Cambridge South station project, vital track renewals, drainage, surveys and structures.

This is the first phase of closures required to allow this major improvement work to progress. Further closures will be needed later this year and will continue into 2024.

Impact on train services

In order to undertake the planned engineering work there will be various weekend closures of the mainline that will affect Greater Anglia services (between London and Peterborough via Cambridge and Ely), Great Northern and Thameslink services (between Kings Cross / St Pancras and King’s Lynn via Cambridge) and also Cross Country services (between Birmingham and Stansted Airport via Cambridge) at certain times.

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