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Published on : Friday, June 5, 2015
Thameslink rail passengers, in particular those connecting with Luton Airport or Eurostar, should allow up to 75 minutes longer to travel during a weekend of Network Rail engineering work to improve services.
The multi-million pound investment programme includes new sidings at Cricklewood for Thameslink’s replacement fleet of trains arriving next year and upgrades to sections of railway track, signalling and overhead power supplies, all aimed at improving passenger services.
Buses will replace trains between St Albans City station and St Pancras International from 11.15pm on Friday 19 June until the start of service on Monday 22 June 2015. In addition, on Sunday morning, 21 June, until 9:30am, these buses will be extended to run between St Pancras International and Harpenden.
Coaches will also replace East Midlands Trains (EMT) between Luton and London St Pancras International for the same period.
Thameslink trains will run from St Pancras International for Gatwick and Brighton but there will be rail replacement buses between Tulse Hill and Sutton via Mitcham Junction because of further engineering work in that area.
Steve Hughes, Area Director for Network Rail said: “We are completing many different upgrades to our rail network over the weekend of 20 and 21 June. This will bring real benefits for passengers, both in improving day to day reliability and providing an improved network which can run more and faster services in the future.
“By completing all of these items of work over a single weekend we minimise the impact upon passengers and we have worked hard with operators to make sure that good alternative travel routes are available. I thank passengers for their patience during this essential work.”
Source:- Network Rail