The fourth phase of upgrades to the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line in the UK has successfully been completed, in a bid to deliver better services to the passengers.

As part of the overhaul, Network Rail engineers were able to bring 15 modernised level crossings, as well as 15 miles of new signalling, into service.

The latest phase involved the transformation of the GNGE line between Peterborough and Doncaster through Spalding.

"Demand for rail services continues to grow and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand."

Upgrades included the replacement of mechanical technology that was built in the 1930s, with new advanced electronic systems that can be now controlled from Network Rail’s signalling control centre in Lincoln.

Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: "The GNGE line is an important route for both freight and passenger trains.

"Demand for rail services continues to grow and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand."

The engineering works are part of the £280m government-funded GNGE project aimed to transform the railway infrastructure.

As part of the project, phases 1 and 3 between Sleaford and Gainsborough were completed earlier this year while phase 2 between Gainsborough and Doncaster is set to commence from 16 August and will run until 1 September.

The fifth phase of the project will begin in late October.