Railway works in Peterborough to cause disruption this month

The ongoing works at WerringtonThe ongoing works at Werrington
The ongoing works at Werrington
Major works on the East Coast Mainline will cause disruption to some rail services travelling to and from Peterborough later this month.

A new section of railway is being built at Werrington, with works set to start on Saturday, January 16, lasting for nine days, and ending on Sunday, January 24.

During the nine days, there will be limited services on the East Coast Main Line between Grantham and Peterborough. Passengers who have to travel are strongly advised to plan their journey in advance and allow more time.

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The works are part of a major scheme that has been taking place in the area over the past few months - including the building of a 'dive under' for train services

REVEALED: Inside the giant engineering project taking place underneath our feetMeanwhile, works on the £1.2 billion East Coast Mainline upgrade took a step closer to completion over the Christmas period as a central London sewer was diverted and rebuilt in just nine days .

As part of the huge project, the way trains enter and exit King's Cross station is being completely revamped- meaning major work on a sewer running beneath the tracks.

A hugely complex engineering challenge meant teams had to remove all four tracks into the station for the first time in 40 years; dig out Camden Sewer from beneath them; divert, rebuild and strengthen the sewer; then relay the tracks in time for passenger services to resume on Monday morning.

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3,200 litres of water per second passes through the sewer, the equivalent to around 12,800 five-minute showers. Teams also had to remove 850 tonnes of spoil from the sewer as part of the work.

Work was also carried out to install new overhead line equipment, renew some of the tracks around the station and install over 100 new pieces of signalling equipment, which will bring more reliable journeys for passengers.

The COVID-19 pandemic and government guidelines brought changes to the programme of work on the East Coast Upgrade. This complex part of the project was re-planned and completed on time, ready for a reduced service to run from Thursday 31 December and a full service to resume from Monday 4 January.

People should continue to follow the latest Government guidance by staying at home to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 and only travelling if they have to.