Werrington Grade Separation

Plans to provide more trains for passengers on the East Coast Main Line

As part of our funding from the Government, the Secretary of State for Transport has recognised the importance of improving capacity and reducing journey times on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, Eastern England and London.

In combination with the proposed introduction of new rolling stock, other schemes on the ECML, and the revision of the existing timetable, this project will help to deliver additional capacity on the ECML.

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.

The Plans

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 get a real sense of how the proposed dive-under will look, watch the fly-through 3D modelling footage of the design.



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.

Next steps

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.

The formal objection period to the TWAO submission ended on 9 February 2017.

Due to the objections and representations received, the Transport and Works Act Order Unit has called for a Public Inquiry into the Werrington Grade Separation project.

This is scheduled to start on Tuesday 21 November and will last up to three weeks, although this is subject to change.

The inquiry will be held at Peterborough Football Club. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe. For details of the inquiry, see the Notification of Inquiry document.

For any queries regarding the inquiry or any requests to speak at the inquiry, contact the DfT Orders Unit at:

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: transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk

More information

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 consultation-werrington@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Application documents

You can view and download copies of the application documents here.