5 minute read – Network Rail and Busk In London team up to provide summer of music at London King’s Cross station

Performers at King’s Cross: @John_Clapper @Lucymaywalker

Network Rail and Busk In London have joined forces to create a summer schedule of music for travellers at King’s Cross station.

Running throughout August and September, there will be more than 60 musical performances on a newly installed stage on the concourse in King’s Cross station to help welcome back passengers to the railway following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

The performances will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12:00 and 18:00 until Saturday, 11 September and will showcase the best busking talent which the capital has to offer.

John Clapper performing at King’s Cross

Laura Murphy, King’s Cross station manager for Network Rail, said: “We’re really excited to have partnered with Busk In London to provide free, in-station entertainment for our customers.

“It’s great to see more passengers using the railway following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and we wanted to put on these events to provide a warm welcome back for all those visiting us this Summer.”

Lucy May Walker performing at King’s Cross

Kate Jones, Programme Director for Busk in London, said: “Busk in London is delighted to be working with King’s Cross station to present a diverse range of high quality performances from artists on the Busk in London scheme.

“After many months of no live music, our artists are thrilled to be back doing what they do best. Whether passengers are arriving or departing or just visiting King’s Cross for the many retail and dining options, our performers will provide a fantastic soundtrack throughout August and September.”

5 minute read – West Coast main line flood repairs to impact London Euston trains

Rail passengers are being warned of changes to trains in and out of London Euston so urgent repairs can take place after severe flash flooding.

The deluge in the capital on Monday 12 July caused an electricity substation to catch fire disabling London Overground services to Watford.

Urgent repairs need to take place to pump away any remaining standing water and fix cables damaged in the electrical fire.

The work means all lines in and out of London Euston must be closed between 11pm on Wednesday 14 July and 6am on Thursday 15 July. Passengers are being asked to travel early on Wednesday night.

The urgent repairs will impact Avanti West Coast, London Northwestern Railway, Caledonian Sleeper and London Overground passengers at the end of tomorrow and first thing on Thursday morning.

Bus replacement services will be in place to keep passengers on the move and people are being urged to check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “I’m sorry that your journeys have been disrupted this week. Our engineers will be making critical repairs on Wednesday night. 

“The floods made the railway look like a swimming pool, but with 750 volts of electricity running through it. We’ve had to make the site safe before going in and pumping away the remaining flood water and repairing the fire damage.”

For more information on how Network Rail deals with flooding visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/looking-after-the-railway/delays-explained/flooding/