Newcastle track upgrade

Between 6 and 14 January 2018 we are investing £8.6 million replacing worn out tracks at the southern end of Newcastle station

This work will make your journey more reliable and is part of our Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel in the north of England.

Our engineers will renew 19 units of ‘switches and crossings’ which are part of the complicated track layout at Newcastle.

Switches and crossings, commonly known as points, are moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another allowing them to cross paths. Points have an especially limited lifespan because trains cause wear and deformation when they travel across them.

The units at Newcastle were installed in the 1980s and are becoming unreliable, with 15 failures between January and October 2017 causing delay to more than 8 million passengers who use Newcastle Station each year.

This work will make your journey more reliable but there will be disruption while we carry it out.

Where possible the longest trains which carry most passengers are taking a different route into and out of Newcastle.  However this route can’t accommodate all of the trains which run on this route so some services will start and/or terminate at York, Durham and the Metro Centre. You will be able to change trains in York and Durham and road replacement will be available from Durham for the route via Chester-Le-Street and the metro centre.

Trains which are running to/from Newcastle are expected to be very busy during the work and platforms 9 – 12 at Newcastle station will be out of use.

We know there is no good time to carry out disruptive investment work and we are sorry that this will affect you.  We are working hard to minimise the disruption and thank you for your patience while we carry out this essential improvement work. 

For detailed information about specific journeys, please check National Rail Enquiries