Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network.
The Rail Electrification Alliance, which is made up of VolkerRail, J Murphy & Sons, Jacobs, Systra, Siemens Mobility and Network Rail, is to progress with its plans to advance the power capabilities of the East Coast Main Line between Doncaster to Edinburgh, as part of its striving plans to enhance one of the UK’s most popular lines and decrease inefficiencies across the network.
The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade Project, which has been five years in the making, is part of the wider £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade programme. Once complete, the upgrade will bring improved reliability and punctuality for passengers, and will guarantee the route has the electrical power capacity to deal with future passenger volumes.
Whilst the power infrastructure at the southern section of the route was upgraded a few years ago, similar work is now required at the northern section, which this project is hoped to provide.
This further work will be funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) in conjunction with and in support of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and will help deliver future timetable changes.
Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “The power supply upgrade is a vital element of the East Coast Upgrade programme. It will help deliver passenger benefits, enabling more trains to run and ensuring that journeys are reliable for passengers traveling on the route.”
The Rail Electrification Alliance Board commented: “The Power Supply Upgrade of the East Coast Main Line is a significant piece of work. We have been working together as an Alliance for the past five years and the team delivering the project have gone from strength to strength, continuing not only physical works during COVID-19 but also delivering a contract proposal which will secure the project for the next four years and deliver the power upgrades needed for the full route from London to Edinburgh.”
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