East Coast Upgrade

The £1.2bn upgrade plan is set to create capacity for up to 10,000 extra seats a day on long-distance services, it will also mean faster journeys and increased reliability for passengers.

Early route improvement works have already taken place to get the line ready for the new train fleets. Now the work is focused on three key areas of the route, London King’s Cross (hyperlink the word’s Kings Cross to link to King’s Cross programme page), Newark and Stevenage.

  • Newark – we’re replacing the points, which are sections of track that allow trains to move from one line to another.

  • Stevenage Turnback – We’re building a new platform and track at Stevenage station so trains using the Hertford Loop can turn around. This work will enable more services to run in the future. At the same time, we’re improving resilience and reliability at the station.You can find out more information on the Network Rail website


Other projects to upgrade the East Coast Main Line include:

  • Werrington Grade Separation – The improvement will see a new rail line built to dive under the East Coast Main Line, linking the Stamford lines and the Great North Great Eastern lines at Werrington Junction near Peterborough, removing the need for freight trains to pass over the East Coast Main Line.The project will mean greater capacity for passenger services on the route. You can find out more information on the Network Rail website.

  • Power Supply Upgrade – We’re upgrading the power supply on the East Coast Main Line to enable faster, quieter and cleaner trains to run. The upgrade paves the way for the introduction of the new electric trains.You can find out more information on the Network Rail website.