Since 1974, the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between London and Edinburgh has been progressively upgraded and resignalled. It has been electrified in three stages, the last of which was completed in 1991. A line speed of 200kph now applies over long stretches of route, and could be raised to 225kph. This article explains Railtrack's plans for the further upgrading of the ECML, and includes a detailed route map. Realising that the ECML could have future capacity constraints due to its expected traffic growth, Railtrack commissioned Ove Arup consultants to examine the whole route. Broad costings suggest works costing between #750M and #1200M to remove bottlenecks at key stations and other critical sites along the line. The main locations and line sections so far identified as congested are Edinburgh-Drem, Doncaster, Newark crossing, Grantham-Barkston, Peterborough, Peterborough-Huntingdon, Hitchin, Welwyn North, and Alexandra Palace-Kings Cross. Much of the congestion arises from local services that must be run in addition to inter-city services over the ECML. English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) aims to increase its freight traffic enormously in the next ten years. Therefore, Railtrack is planning to upgrade several sections of freight route, alternative to the ECML, between North East and South East England.

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    Ian Allan Publishing, Limited

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    Molesey Road
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  • Authors:
    • PERREN, B
  • Publication Date: 1999-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 249-52
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 56
    • Issue Number: 607
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00767130
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM