The proposed project will involve the construction of a rail chord (line) to provide a new connection between the Stamford lines, to the west of the ECML, and the Great Northern Great Eastern rail lines, to the east of the ECML. This existing crossing movement causes constraints on the existing timetable as the freight trains, and occasional passenger service, have to pass over the high speed East Coast lines. This project will remove this conflict.
We are proposing to build a new two-track railway line, just over 3km in length, under the East Coast Main Line at Werrington Junction that will enable high-speed trains to pass over the Great Northern Great Eastern Line. North of the Cock Lane footbridge the Stamford Lines would be widened to the west to create four tracks. The central pair of tracks would then dive into a new underpass, below the ECML, and rise to meet the GNGE line approximately 600m after Lincoln Road.
To inform the design, we have consulted with the public, statutory stakeholders and our wider rail industry stakeholders and customers. We gathered valuable feedback during two rounds of consultation.
The first round of consultation took place in summer 2014 on two options for the scheme - either a ‘fly-over’ or ‘dive-under’ solution at Werrington. The feedback that we received indicated an overall support for the scheme and a preference of a dive-under option.
The second round of consultation took place in autumn 2016 on more detailed proposals for the preferred dive-under option. The consultation ran from 7 September to 3 October and is now closed.
Following the second round of consultation, we prepared a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application for the necessary powers to build and operate the scheme. Network Rail submitted the application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 22 December 2016 to build and operate the scheme.
Copies of the application and supporting documents are available to view below. Objections, representations and letters of support can be made by anyone up to 9 February 2017. These should be sent to:
Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit,
General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House,
33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.
You can also contact them by email: email@example.com.
An objection or representation must:
- Be received by the Secretary of State on or before 9 February 2017
- Be made in writing (whether sent by post or email)
- State the grounds of the objection or other representation
- Indicate who is making the objection or representation
- Give a postal address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent
If you are sending your objection or other representation by post or e-mail, please provide a postal address and state "Werrington Grade Separation TWA Order" in the subject of the letter or email.
You can still view the consultation materials on our Werrington Grade Separation consultation website. A summary of the feedback submitted during consultation is included in the Consultation Report which forms part of the TWAO application documents.
If you have any questions, please contact the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
You can view and download copies of the application documents here.