Rebuilding work taking place this weekend between Cambridge and Cambridge North
There will be no train services between Cambridge and Cambridge North this weekend (December 11-12). This is to allow rebuilding of the junction from the main line to the train depot, which is being expanded.
Passengers are being urged to plan ahead of the work that will also greatly reduce rail services between Cambridge and London. Govia Thameslink Railway is finishing a major upgrade to Cambridge’s train depot, creating servicing facilities and stabling (parking between turns of duty) for the new fleets of Thameslink, Great Northern and Greater Anglia trains.
A reduced service will run between London and Cambridge. Journeys that would normally pass through Cambridge, such as those between Ely and Royston, will need to use replacement bus services between Cambridge or Royston and Cambridge North. The following train services will be running:
- One Thameslink train per hour between London King’s Cross and Cambridge
- One Thameslink train per hour between Brighton and Cambridge via St Pancras International
- One Great Northern train per hour between Cambridge North and King’s Lynn
- Two Greater Anglia trains per hour between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge
- One Greater Anglia train per hour between Cambridge North and Norwich
- One Greater Anglia train per hour between Cambridge North and Ipswich
- One cross country train per hour between Ely and Birmingham New Street
A regular shuttle rail replacement bus service will operate between Cambridge and Cambridge North and Great Northern will also run a bus service between Royston and Cambridge North, connecting with the Fen Line services to and from King’s Lynn. This is to avoid longer-distance customers needing to travel through Cambridge and to provide a faster journey time.
Jenny Saunders, customer services director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: “We thank everyone for their patience during this essential work to support our improved train service. Keeping Cambridge open and our customers moving over the weekend is important to us and we are working closely with our industry partners, the local transport authorities and bus operators to make journeys as smooth as possible.”
Jamie Burles, managing director of Greater Anglia, added: “We realise this is very inconvenient for customers. Cambridge station will be busy on that weekend and we advise people to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys.
“We will make sure that customers can still complete their journeys, but there will be fewer trains and some services will be replaced with buses, so it is very important that people check before they travel using our app or website.”