Network Rail

Network Rail to connect 11,000-tonne tunnel at Peterborough

Vital work is to be carried out at Werrington by Network Rail, to connect a new 11,000-tonne tunnel north of Peterborough to the already established railway. The project will allow slower moving freight trains to use the popular passenger route.

The project is part of the £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade, and other major work has already been carried out, transforming the track layout and reopening a tunnel at King’s Cross, allowing trains to access and leave the station with ease.

Engineers installed the world’s longest single underground jacked structure – an 11,000-tonne curved concrete box - last January. Since, crucial work has been ongoing to install around 4km of track inside the innovative tunnel, on top of signalling equipment, without any disruption to train services.

An essential part of the project, connecting the new track to the existing Stamford lines, will be carried out on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

Over the weekend, services will continue running for passengers on the East Coast Main line, but a part of the line between Peterborough and Stamford will close to allow teams to safely connect the tracks.

Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail’s East Coast Upgrade, Ed Akers, said: “We used challenging industry leading techniques to push the tunnel into place and our teams have continued to work around the clock to install the new track without impacting on services.

“This work to connect the tunnel to the existing lines is only possible when there are no trains running on this section of the route. We’ve carefully planned the work and have bus replacements in place to keep passengers moving. We want to thank people for their patience whilst this vital stage of the project is carried out.”

Work on the dive-under is due to be finished over the summer, ready for train services to use it later this year.



The Great Electrification Of Scotland's Railways

The anticipated August/September edition of RTM is now up and running, loaded with insights and analysis of upcoming rail projects, innovations and the ambitions across the UK sector. We invite you to dive in to hear from the likes of Toufic Machnouk, Director, Industry Partnership for Digital Railway at Network Rail and Jenny Gilruth, Scotland’s Minister for Transport as she discusses the great electrification of Scotland’s railways. This just a tantalising taste of the great stories that we have to offer, so dig in and enjoy the informative fun. 


View all videos
TransCityRail Banner


South \ 29 09 22
North \ 10 11 22
Mids \ 10 02 23

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.


The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all