We transformed travel to and from London King’s Cross through a multi-million pound investment to renew signalling and overhead line equipment on the approach to the station and replace a complex track layout, which was life-expired and tricky to maintain, with a re-designed, simpler layout.
This work has been done alongside the re-opening of a third tunnel closed in the 1970s to add two extra lines into the station and rebuilding of the Camden Sewer beneath the tracks. Together, the work increases capacity at the station, improves reliability and enables trains to arrive and leave the station more rapidly, helping to keep trains on time.
Our new platform and track at Stevenage station has enabled trains from the Hertford North line to terminate and go back towards London without using up capacity on the East Coast Main Line tracks. This enables more services to run while improving resilience and reliability.
At King’s Cross our work will cut congestion and speed up arrivals and departures, deliver improved reliability and punctuality for passengers and will also ensure the route has the capacity to deal with future passenger volumes.
Our work to construct the dive-under tunnel at Werrington to divert slow moving freight trains beneath the East Coast Main Line and to increase the number of tracks in and out of London King’s Cross frees up space for more long distance passenger services, which will add additional seats every day between London, the North of England and Scotland.
We’re boosting the overhead power supply along the East Coast Main Line to enable faster, quieter and more environmentally friendly electric trains to run. This has already paved the way for the introduction of new trains, such as LNER’s Azuma and Hull Trains’ Paragon fleets, and will enable additional electric trains to run in the future.