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Passengers urged to check before travelling over next two weekends

Network Rail is urging passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends to check their journeys, as vital work continues on the £1.5billion Midland Main Line Upgrade.

On 18/19 and 25/26 July, Network Rail engineers will carry out work to install the final section of the overhead line equipment on the route.

There are various changes to services between Sheffield/Nottingham/Derby and London St Pancras International over the two weekends to enable to work to be completed safely.

Network Rail, East Midlands Railway and Govia Thameslink Railway are urging passengers to check before travelling and allow plenty of time for their journeys. Jenny Saunders, passenger services director for Thameslink and Great Northern, said:

“Buses will replace Thameslink services between Bedford and Luton on both Sundays, between Bedford and St Albans during the night of Saturday 25 July, and between Hendon and St Pancras in the early morning of Sunday 19 July.

“If you do have to travel during any of these periods, please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.”

Details of the service changes:

Saturday, 18 July

Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Market Harborough. Road replacement services will be in place between Market Harborough and Bedford, and between Corby and Kettering. Thameslink services will run between Bedford and St Pancras.

Sunday, 19 July

Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Market Harborough. Road replacement services will be in place between Market Harborough and Luton and between Corby and Kettering. Thameslink trains will run between Luton and St Pancras.

Thameslink services will not run between Bedford and Luton and road replacement services will be in place. Road transport will also replace trains between Hendon and St Pancras until 08:55. Thameslink services between Bedford and Gatwick Airport via Redhill will not run. A road replacement service between Gatwick Airport and Purley will call at Redhill.

Saturday, 25 July

Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Leicester. Replacement road services will be in place between Leicester and Bedford, and between Corby and Kettering. Thameslink services will run between Bedford and St Pancras.

Thameslink services will not run between Bedford and St Albans from 23:00 on Saturday, 25 until 09:30 on Sunday, 26 July. Road replacement services will be in place.

Sunday, 26 July

Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Leicester. Replacement road services will be in place between Leicester and Luton, and between Corby and Kettering. Thameslink services will run between Luton and St Pancras. Road replacement services will be in place between Bedford and Luton.

Network Rail is asking passengers to continue following Government guidance around the use of public transport. Passengers who do travel should wear a face covering on train services and any replacement bus services.

However, some passengers are exempt, including young children and people with hidden disabilities or breathing difficulties.