Major signalling work has been finished on a new section of track located north of Peterborough, which will soon allow freight trains to use a tunnel designed to help cut congestion and increase capacity.
The project will see the tunnel take freight trains under the East Coast main line as part of a £1.2 billion line upgrade.
Work started at Werrington in Summer 2018. A 11,000-tonne tunnel was built on site and then pushed into place in January. With much of the work complete, testing will now get underway on the new tunnel. It is hoped trains will begin to use it by the end of the year.
Principal programme sponsor for Network Rail’s East Coast upgrade Ed Akers said: “We’ve completed vital signalling work over the weekend which will allow freight trains to begin using the new tunnel and divert underneath the East Coast main line, rather than crossing it, from later this year.
“Our teams have completed the vast majority of this project, without impacting on train services. It’ll bring faster, more frequent and more reliable services for passengers travelling between London, Peterborough, the North of England and Scotland.”
Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “This is another step towards completing the astounding engineering project being undertaken at Werrington.
“This scheme, part of our £1.2 billion investment into the East Coast upgrade, will unlock the potential of our railways, freeing up tracks so that passengers and freight can have faster, more reliable journeys.”