First phase of the Greater Lincolnshire Upgrade project completed30 December 2015
lines serving the busy port of Immingham have reopened on time following five
days of engineering work in Greater Lincolnshire, part of a £96.5m upgrade
project in the area.
- The first freight train on the resignalled line, pictured passing through Barnetby station
The first train to travel along the newly resignalled section of track, a single engine, left Immingham at 05:16 this morning (Wednesday 30 December) on the way to pick
up steelwork wagons.
This first phase of the engineering work began on Christmas Eve and focused on replacing the 100-year-old signalling on the freight lines to and from the port, from which around 25 per cent of the UK’s rail freight enters the country.
As part of resignalling the 60 miles of track between Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes, 13 signal boxes have now been closed and signalling control transferred to a computer-based system at the York Rail Operating Centre to improve reliability.
In addition, Network Rail assisted Highways England in building a new road bridge under the
railway at Immingham this Christmas to help improve access to the port, which handles up to 55 million tonnes of freight per year, including 20 million tonnes of oil and 10 million tonnes of coal. Two other underbridges were also replaced.
Work on resignalling passenger lines and upgrading level crossings in north Lincolnshire, north east
Lincolnshire and other parts of the Lincolnshire region will continue until Monday 11 January, with bus replacement services in operation on some routes until then.
This major upgrade of
the railway has been two years in the planning with the support of the port,
industry and local authorities. With the majority of the work being carried out
over Christmas – a relatively quiet time on the railway – ultimately we have
reduced the amount of disruption caused.
Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail
Passengers are reminded to continue to check their journey on the National Rail website before travelling.
Find out more about the Greater Lincolnshire project.