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  • Network and Route Specifications


    Our Network

    Our Network Specifications provide a description of the current capability and use of each strategic route and those enhancements to the network that are currently committed or under consideration.

    Facts & Figures


    Better performanceto hit 92% punctualityby 2014 

    More seatscapacity to grow 50%between Edinburgh and Glasgow 

    More passengersdemand up by 50%across Scotland in last 10 years 

    More freight capacitylarger containersbetween Berwick and Carstairs by 2014 

    Read more about Scotland routes ►  

    London North Eastern

    More passenger and freight£500 million on improvementsbetween London and York by 2014 

    12-car trainslonger platformsat six First Capital Connect stations 

    More freight capacitylarger containersbetween Felixstowe and Yorkshire by 2014 

    Read more about London North Eastern routes ► 

    London North Western

    Quicker journeys90 minutes between Birmingham and London Marylebone 

    Birmingham New Streettransformedwith a larger concourse and better retail and city links 

    More trains3 trains per hour between Bromsgrove, Redditch and Birmingham 

    Faster, quieter journeysnew electrified routes between Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool North 

    Read more about London North Western routes ► 

    East Midlands

    Faster trainsup to 125mphon some routes, plus other increases by 2014 

    More passengers42% increasebetween Nottingham and Birmingham by 2019 

    More freight capacitylarger containersbetween Doncaster and Water Orton via Erewash Valley by 2014 

    More passengers34% increase in demand to and from Leicester by 2019 

    Read more about East Midlands routes ► 

    Kent and High Speed One

    Extra seats+3,600 seatsinto London Bridge in the peak hour after completion of Thameslink 

    More trainsup to 24 trains per hour running via Thameslink 

    Longer platformsaround 50 lengthened to cater for 12-carriage trains 

    Quicker journeys30 minutes fasterbetween Ashford and London 

    Read more about Kent and High Speed One routes ► 


    More seats+5,500 seats on suburban routes into London Waterloo by 2031 

    More capacity5 platformsat London Waterloo 

    More seats+3,100 seats on Windsor lines into London Waterloo by 2031 

    Longer platforms65 stations will receive extended platforms 

    Read more about Wessex routes ► 


    More capacitynew platform at Cambridgeallowing 12-car trains into London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street 

    Supporting London 2012500,000 passengers per daywill travel by rail into Stratford 

    More passengers49% increasein Great Eastern outer service demand 

    More passengers63% increase in Great Eastern inner service demand 

    Read more about Anglia routes ► 


    Quicker journeys10 mins faster between Rhyl and Newport 

    More seatsUp to 16 trains per hour for commuters to Cardiff 

    Quicker journeys10 mins faster to London from principal stations in 2017 

    Read more about Wales routes ► 


    Quicker journeys22 minutes fasterbetween Bristol and London 

    Crossrail24 trains per hourfrom the Thames Valley and Heathrow across London 

    Transforming Reading stationmajor worksto accommodate 14 million passengers 

    More freight capacitylarger containersbetween Southampton and the West Coast 

    Read more about Western routes ► 


    More passengers37% increasein outer commuter growth to London Victoria by 2031 

    More passengers83% increasein outer commuter growth to London Bridge by 2031 

    Longer platforms48 stationsto receive extended platforms 

    More passengers109% increasealong the West London Line by 2031 

    Read more about Sussex routes ► 


  • Network planning

    We plan the rail network by developing Route Utilisation Strategies on behalf of the industry, and work with them to develop the Initial Industry Plans.

    The new Long Term Planning Process will take forward the evidence base used for long term rail industry planning.