Newcastle Track Upgrade

Between Saturday 1 and Sunday 9 October, essential work will be taking place on tracks near Newcastle.

There will be a change to services affecting LNER trains north of Darlington and Newcastle, as well as changes to trains between London and Harrogate, Bradford, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Hull, Selby, Brough and Sunderland.

On Monday 10 October, in the unlikely event that the work is not complete, there may be some last minute cancellations and changes. Please check before you travel.

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What work is being carried out?

Network Rail is making essential upgrades to the track in the Newcastle area to create a more reliable and modern railway. The work involves 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.

Will trains be impacted?

There will be times of planned disruption and we are working closely with Network Rail and other train operators to finalise our timetable to keep you moving.

Please see our timetable and the effects of the work below for your day(s) of travel below.

For further information about the Newcastle Track Upgrade, visit the Network Rail website.

If you want to travel on these dates

Below we have outlined how each day has been affected by the upgrade work.

Please be aware that services are expected to be extremely busy and we strongly recommend reserving a seat. Those without a seat reservation may have to stand.

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Check your travel date for engineering work

Saturday 1 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Edinburgh, stopping at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Reston and Dunbar
  • Between London and Newcastle there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual on Saturday
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen/Inverness

LNER Timetable Saturday 1 October 2022

Sunday 2 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Edinburgh, stopping at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Reston and Dunbar
  • Between London and Newcastle there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual on Saturday
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen/Inverness

LNER Timetable Sunday 2 October 2022

Monday 3 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line or by rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Morpeth and onward train services between Morpeth and Edinburgh, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will only be a small number of direct trains all day, and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Morpeth and an onward train service between Morpeth and Edinburgh, stopping at intermediate stations. The journey time via this rail replacement route will be at least 60 minutes longer.
  • Between London and Newcastle, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London, Darlington and the stations between will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Thornaby
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to and from Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston

LNER Timetable Monday 3 October 2022

Tuesday 4 October

There will be a reduced service between Newcastle and Edinburgh and other LNER services will also be amended:

  • Between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Middlesbrough and Thornaby
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Sunderland
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to and from Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston

LNER Timetable Tuesday 4 October 2022

Wednesday 5 October

There will be a reduced service between Newcastle and Edinburgh and other LNER services will also be amended:

  • Between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Middlesbrough and Thornaby
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Sunderland
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to and from Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston

LNER Timetable Wednesday 5 October 2022

Thursday 6 October

There will be a reduced service between Newcastle and Edinburgh and other LNER services will also be amended:

  • Between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Middlesbrough and Thornaby
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Sunderland
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to and from Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston

LNER Timetable Thursday 6 October 2022

Friday 7 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line or by rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Morpeth and onward train services between Morpeth and Edinburgh, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will only be a small number of direct trains all day, and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Morpeth and an onward train service between Morpeth and Edinburgh, stopping at intermediate stations. The journey time via this rail replacement route will be at least 60 minutes longer.
  • Between London and Newcastle, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London, Darlington and the stations between will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Middlesbrough and Thornaby
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Sunderland
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to and from Stirling and Falkirk Grahamston

LNER Timetable Friday 7 October 2022

Saturday 8 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Edinburgh, stopping at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Reston and Dunbar
  • Between London and Newcastle there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual on Saturday
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen/Inverness

LNER Timetable Saturday 8 October 2022

Sunday 9 October

LNER trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be diverted via the West Coast Main Line, meaning longer journeys. Other LNER services will also be amended.

  • Between Newcastle and Edinburgh, there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two and journeys will be at least 90 minutes longer as they will go via Carlisle
  • There will also be rail replacement coaches between Newcastle and Edinburgh, stopping at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Reston and Dunbar
  • Between London and Newcastle there will be one train per hour instead of the usual two
  • Services between London and Leeds and London and Darlington and the stations south of Darlington will be normal for most of the day, but train services in the early morning and late evening may be affected
  • There will be fewer Harrogate-London services than usual
  • There will be fewer Bradford-London services than usual on Saturday
  • There will be no direct LNER Lincoln-London services
  • There will be no direct LNER services to or from Hull, Selby and Brough
  • There will be a reduced service running north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen/Inverness

LNER Timetable Sunday 9 October 2022

Ticket and refund information

Please be aware that Advance tickets are non-refundable. You may be able to change your ticket, but this may incur an industry-standard £10 admin fee after 30 September.

For journeys where rail replacement coaches will be in operation, tickets will be valid on them.

There is no ticket acceptance with other train operators in place.