Plans approved by the Secretary of State 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 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 will 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.