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Hull Trains to run reduced service next week while engineering works take place

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Hull Trains will be running a reduced service with extended journey times when engineering work takes place midweek for the first time.

Routine engineering work is usually carried out at weekends and Bank Holidays as, historically, this has been a time when fewer people travel. However, travel habits have changed following the pandemic so Network Rail will try carrying out work midweek to reduce disruption for passengers.

The work will take place on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday May 17 and will see improvements to the East Coast Main Line tracks, as well as overhead line equipment, which provides power to trains.

As a result of the work, Hull Trains will be running a reduced timetable with services unable to call at Retford and Grantham due to trains needing to take a diversionary route between Doncaster and London King’s Cross via Lincoln. Train services must be run with extra capacity to compensate for the reduced service.

Due to the extension of journey times, Hull trains will also be unable to serve Cottingham or Beverley on its journey which usually extends north of Hull on both of the affected days.

Customers of Hull Trains are encouraged to plan ahead and check before travelling. Services will return to normal on Thursday 18 May.

Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director, said: “We appreciate that these engineering works will still affect some Hull Trains customers, so we apologise in advance for any disruption it may cause. We have made some timetable changes to try and keep moving, including using the diversion route around the works, and advise all passengers to check ahead before travelling. 

We are, however, pleased to see Network Rail work with train operators on the plan to carry out these vital works on quieter midweek days, as opposed to traditional approaches, reflecting the changing travel patterns and the increase in leisure travel at weekends, in turn impacting fewer customer journeys.”   

Passengers can check their individual journeys by visiting https://www.hulltrains.co.uk/travel-information/engineering-works or www.nationalrail.co.uk

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