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  • North Doncaster chord

  • North Doncaster Chord - computer generated image of the scheme


    Opened in June 2014, the Doncaster chord is a railway flyover at Shaftholme to the north of Doncaster that takes 60mph freight trains up and over the busy 125mph East Coast Main Line, rather than across it. This frees up space for much needed additional passenger services on the main line.

  • More trains, more seats

    The flyover removes a major pinch point on the East Coast Main Line and enables more trains to run, making it easier for for you to get a seat and for freight trains to deliver their cargo.

    Sustainable freight

    Rail is one of the most environmentally sustainable ways of transporting goods. The work has improved the freight network in the region, which is essential for economic growth and to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions.

    More reliable services

    Freight trains travelling between Humber ports and the Aire Valley power stations previously ran on the East Coast Main Line for up to 14 miles. By separating freight and passenger trains we have increased capacity and improved the reliability of services.

    ECML improvement programme

    This £45m investment is part of a route-wide programme to improve capacity and reliability on the East Coast Main Line between 2009 and 2019. The £600m programme includes new sections of track, platforms and stations, which will help deliver faster, more frequent services.