Without knowing your exact date of travel, I suspect the problem you have had in finding affordable train tickets is because of all the engineering work taking place on the East Coast Mainline this year, and into next.
Far from ideal, I know, but once timetables have been finalised, cheaper advance tickets *should* be released, though that could be as late as March, if you are prepared to risk it. If you do decide to book now, only for cheaper tickets to become available later, LNER will allow you to cancel the original booking without charging its usual fee.
In my somewhat limited experience, travelling north from London on a Saturday afternoon is often reasonably quiet. The day trippers and football supporters return on later trains, and the weekenders and students travel back on Sunday.
Thanks terribly for the help guys! Knew I could count on ya.
So I knew of these King's Cross closures following the LNER Twitter and that but wasn't terribly concerned thinking "oh it's just a bit of routine engineering work, no big deal" ... until I looked properly and found out this is, as TallPaul said, a MASSIVE mainline upgrade that's happening throughout the majority of 2020. Yay! Like the sound of the Two Together Railcard, which reminds me of that very tempting 26-30 card... which I still haven't gotten round to purchasing... But yeah I think I might wait it out. I wasn't sure when the advance singles got released so that is a HUGE help, thanks. I found it peculiar that Grand Central have already got that weekend date available whilst LNER apparently haven't.
Nice to know that Saturday afternoon travel is quiet, make sense of course. Great news for the mother. (Once I had to get an Sat evening train home and while I didn't get football hooligans etc, I did get this strange guy in his early twenties pottering about up and down the aisles shouting Love Island quotes and accidentally breaking an armrest off one of the seats, whilst his mum and dad (sat in front of me) just laughed at him.)
And I wasn't aware there was already a thread for this, thanks for merging!
They've now added warnings of no trains on 20 and 21 June into/out of Kings Cross, which is West End Live weekend for those interested. Also 5 and 6 September as part of ten days of work. And a very tricky looking period of "planned disruption" from 19 December to late March 21.
Oh great. Looks like I'll be spending more time than usual on the slower Liverpool Street line in the next year. As if I don't spend enough time on trains already! Given, as far as I can see, the work is to improve the East Coast mainline & not the branch to Cambridge, it doesn't look like I'll even be getting any long-term benefit from it.
it doesn't look like I'll even be getting any long-term benefit from it.
I remember having about three years of rail-replacement bus services on the west coast main line, all for a decrease in journey times of about 5% and one fewer train each hour. Passengers on the Virgin trains from the north west saw far more benefit in decreased journey times and more services, but of course they weren't the ones who'd suffered all the disruption.
The train journey times between Cambridge & Kings Cross have actually got longer over the last few years. At one point they got down to 45-48 minutes on average but now 50-55 minutes is the average. So whatever they're doing it's not exactly helping!
We're at risk of going off-topic again, but the new tracks into King's Cross are on the left (travelling from the north), but don't trains from the east mainly terminate at the platforms to the right?
At some point, faster northern trains and slower eastern trains will still have to cross, just as they do now.
I'm sure the experts have it all worked out...oh, wait!
Mine arrive/depart from any platform from 0 to 11 with no pattern that I've ever been able to discern but I think you're right that the LNER East Coast mainline trains seem to use only platforms 1-8. I have a vague idea they might sometimes sort out the crossing over where the lines join north of Hitchin though. I know that on occasion I've been on trains that have been delayed going slowly around Hitchin/Stevenage while LNER trains have thundered past to the left (facing south).
I do hope the Euston Arch gets rebuilt, regardless of what happens with HS2.
Anyway, getting back on track (pun intended), I'm another Grand Central fan. Are *we* all aware that if you book direct, you get a 20% discount on your next trip?
If it's of use to anyone travelling from London to all points west (or east to London), GWR has a sale running for a few more hours. Book by 23:59 on 26 January, for travel until 3 April 2020. More at gwr.com/sale
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