Service alteration details

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Disruption between Ely and Kings Lynn until the end of the day on Sunday 18 September

Incident created
01/09/2022 07:24
Last updated
09/09/2022 10:52
Route affected

Great Northern between London Kings Cross and Kings Lynn

TOC(s) affected
Great Northern;

A speed restriction is in place over defective track between Ely and Kings Lynn. As a result, trains running between these stations may be delayed or revised.

Disruption is expected until at least the end of the day on Sunday 18 September.

Customer Advice:

Great Northern are currently having to run an amended timetable between London Kings Cross and Ely / Kings Lynn. This will be ongoing until at least 18 September.

Journey planners will be updated 24 hours in advance, so please ensure that you check before travelling.

  • London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn services will run between Kings Lynn and Cambridge only
  • London Kings Cross to Ely services will not run
  • There will be very few 'fast' services between London Kings Cross and Cambridge. You should travel from London St Pancras International, or use stopping services from London Kings Cross
  • There will also be very limited non-stop services between Kings Cross, Royston and Letchworth, as the majority of these trains are running between Cambridge and Kings Lynn only. You should travel via St Pancras where semi-fast services to and from Cambridge are available.


What does this mean for my journey?

Journeys between King's Lynn and Cambridge will be extended by up to 20 minutes due to the speed restriction. If you are travelling between London and Kings Lynn, you will need to change trains at Cambridge. This could increase your journey time by an additional 60 minutes.

What alternative trains can I use?

You can use the following services at no additional cost:

  • London Kings Cross - Cambridge (stopping service)
  • Brighton - Cambridge (using London St Pancras International as a changeover point)


Why is this happening, and what about next week?

Network Rail has identified a number of track defects on the line between Cambridge and Kings Lynn. These defects are a result of the recent spell of prolonged hot weather, which has dried out the ground beneath the track. This can cause the track to move, making it unsafe to run trains at full speed.

Network Rail are currently working on a repair, and will update you as work progresses.

Check before you travel:
You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

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You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.