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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.

Sunday 24 December

No trains will run between:

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

A limited rail replacement bus service will run between:

  • St Neots and Bedford
  • Hitchin and Royston
  • Hitchin and St Neots
  • Stevenage and Luton Airport Parkway via Hitchin
  • Hitchin and St Albans City via Welwyn Garden City
  • Potters Bar and Stevenage
  • Hertford North and Stevenage

Trains will run between:

  • London Kings Cross and Potters Bar
  • Moorgate and Hertford North
  • Finsbury Park and St Pancras

Services on all routes will finish earlier on Christmas Eve.  All services will finish by around 21:00, but on some routes it may be earlier.

There are also no services on Monday 26 December.

The next phase of the East Coast Digital Programme

The next set of major engineering works will be taking place on Saturday 6 January and Sunday 7 January.

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

Frequently Asked Questions