A major improvement plan worth £1.2 billion has been unveiled for the East Coast Main Line.
The biggest revamp in a generation, the improvements will be long term for passengers and businesses, with extra capacity, increased reliability and faster services all expected.
In order to facilitate the upgrades, it will mean a major line closure will be in place over the summer – the first time this has happened for two decades.
Passengers can expect up to an extra 10,000 seats per day on long distance East Coast Main Line services, and early improvement work has already taken place.
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, explained what the improvements will deliver.
He said: “We are delivering the biggest upgrade to the East Coast Main Line in a generation to bring huge benefits for passengers – including additional seats, quicker journeys and a more reliable service.
“We know this work will have an impact on people who use the line – we’re doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, but passengers will need to plan ahead and check before they travel.
“Once completed, this upgrade will improve journeys and ensure we can continue to provide a service which meets the needs of the passengers, communities and economies we serve.”
Congestion for travellers will be reduced as a result of the planned improvements, given the fact additional services will be provided; this will in turn reduce journey times.
Engineering work along the line will increase reliability and reduce delays; the number of tracks into King’s Cross station will eventually increase from four to six.
The importance of the new trains was highlighted by a spokesperson for train operators on the route, who commented: “New trains are going into service on the route, and new trains need new infrastructure.
“This is essential work that will allow more trains to run and provide quicker journeys on long distance services.”
It is another show of investment for Control Period 6.