RAIL services throughout East Lothian will grind to a halt over the weekend as works on the East Coast Main Line continue.

Teams from Network Rail are working on the northern end of the busy line between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

It means that trains will not run between North Berwick and Edinburgh, as well as Dunbar and the capital.

Instead, replacement bus services will be in place.

Upgrades to the track, including work to renew switches and crossings are being carried out.

Teams will also be improving overhead line equipment, as well as working to improve drainage and remove vegetation.

Work has been carried out over the last two weekends and will continue today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday), as well as October 7 and 8.

During that time, a replacement coach service will be in place between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Jason Hamilton, route programme director for Network Rail’s east coast route, said: “This work is vital and will help to boost reliability on this historic rail route, and improve journeys for all those using the East Coast Main Line.

“These upgrades do mean there will be significant changes to services on these dates, so we would urge passengers to plan ahead and check before travelling so they can see how their journeys are going to be affected.

“We’d like to thank all those impacted for their patience whilst this crucial work takes place.”