The UK’s Network Rail has concluded a project that will enable trains to travel into Peterborough station at higher speeds.
The completion of the £10m project will allow faster and more frequent train services on the East Coast Main Line in the future.
Network Rail replaced two sets of switches and crossings, the specialist equipment that enables trains to move from one track to another, at Fletton Junction.
The scope of the work included modernising signalling systems and updating 800m of track on the approach to Peterborough station.
As a result of the upgrades, the trains approaching Peterborough station can run at a speed of 75mph instead of 40mph.
Network Rail project sponsor Lynne Barker said: “We are delighted that the completion of this project will enable tangible improvements to passengers’ journeys.
“Previously, trains had to start slowing down almost two miles before the station, which had a knock-on effect to services following behind. Now, thanks to the completion of this project, trains can maintain their speed.
“When taken together with the other projects that are happening up and down the East Coast Main Line, passengers can look forward to a much quicker and more comfortable journey from Scotland to London.”
The latest modernisation project is one of the numerous enhancements that are being carried out on the East Coast Main Line (ECML).
A ‘dive under’ is being created at Werrington, just north of Peterborough station. Following its completion, freight trains will no longer need to cross over three lines of the East Coast Main Line, which caused high-speed passenger trains to have to slow down.
Recently, Network Rail awarded the final £1.5bn Central Track Alliance contract to Balfour Beatty, TSO and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business to upgrade tracks in Central England.