Network Rail completes two key projects

Posted on 14 Jun 2018 and read 498 times
Network Rail completes two key projectsNetwork Rail ( has completed two major infrastructure milestones on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) ready for the introduction of new InterCity Express Passenger (IEP) trains later this year.

The first was the completion of a ‘gauge clearance’ project covering the ECML and its ‘diversionary routes’ in England and Scotland to make sure that the new trains will have enough clearance to all lineside structures and can pass other trains safely (and that there is enough space for railway workers to stand beside the tracks when trains pass by).

This involved checking over 1,700 miles of track, including 3,000 sets of switches and crossings, plus 800 bridges and other structures; it identified the need for over 40 separate modifications.

The second key milestone is the removal of a number of electrical boosters, which are incompatible with the new trains.

Paul McKeown, investment director at Network Rail, said: “These two milestones show the sheer scale of the work that Network Rail is doing behind the scenes, in readiness for the introduction of the IEP trains onto the ECML later this year.

“We are making excellent progress on our IEP readiness programme, which is testament to the hard work of our teams on the ground.”

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