LNER: Major Network Rail planned engineering works to affect journeys from Newcastle - here’s when it is

The dates coincide with the RMT and ASLEF strikes in October

London North Eastern Railway has confirmed that major Network Rail planned engineering works will start in the Newcastle area in October.

The planned works will also coincide with industrial action planned on Saturday, 1 October and Wednesday, 5 October which is also expected to cause widespread disruption.

An LNER spokesperson said: “During this period, we are advising customers to check before they travel and ensure they have a  seat reservation  as we are expecting trains to be extremely busy.”

The LNER spokesperson also added that “These essential works are being carried out by Network Rail to create a more reliable and modern railway”

When are the works taking place?

The works will be taking place for nine days, starting on Saturday, 1 October and ending on Sunday, 9 October.

What routes are set to be impacted by the works?

Journeys between Newcastle and Edinburgh are set to be affected during the dates when the work is in progress.

Some services will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line or by coach replacement. This will result in longer travel times.

As well as Newcastle, other LNER services to and from the north, including Harrogate, Bradford, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Hull, Selby, Brough and Sunderland will also be affected.

What does the work involve?

During the nine days, extensive changes will happen. On their website, the LNER says they will be “renewing the tracks as well as five sets of switches and crossings, which allow trains to transfer between tracks, in addition to work being completed on overhead lines and level crossings”.