Key projects

We are investing £1.2 billion to upgrade the East Coast Main Line. Once complete, our programme of engineering works will improve the reliability and punctuality of passenger journeys, ensure we have the capacity to transport more passengers in the future and upgrade the power supply to enable faster, quieter and more environmentally friendly electric trains to run.

Key projects of the East Coast Upgrade in detail:

London King's Cross
A major part of the East Coast Upgrade was the work to transform travel to and from London King’s Cross through a multi-million-pound investment in renewing track, signalling and overhead line equipment on the approach to the station.
Werrington, north of Peterborough
We built a new section of railway to dive under the East Coast Main Line at Werrington so trains, particularly slower freight trains, can reach the line to and from Spalding (known as the Great North Great Eastern line, or GNGE) without having to cross the main line. Now finished, it has freed up space on the East Coast Main Line for extra passenger services.
A new platform and track at Stevenage station opened in early August 2020 so trains from the Hertford North line (known as the Hertford Loop) can terminate and go back towards London without using up capacity on the existing tracks. This enables more services to run in the future while improving resilience and reliability.
Newark Flat Crossing
Over August Bank Holiday 2019 we replaced and upgraded the Newark Flat Crossing; a unique piece of infrastructure needed to enable the Nottingham to Lincoln line to cross the East Coast Main Line.
Power Supply Upgrade
We’re boosting the power supply along the East Coast Main Line to enable faster, quieter and cleaner trains to run by carrying out work at a total of 46 sites along the whole route. This upgrade 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.

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