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Faster trains and more services at York

03 January 2012

The south end of York station is no longer a bottleneck for services on the east coast main line after our engineers worked through Christmas to bring new track and signalling systems online.


We completed work to install an additional line and new junction earlier in 2011 but because the programme to control the new signalling layout is extensive and complicated, we held back commissioning it until Christmas when no trains were running.

Real benefits

Phil Verster, our route managing director for London North Eastern, said: “This scheme has been long-awaited in York and will bring real benefits to passengers. At a basic level it will mean less time spent waiting on board a train to get a platform outside York station. On a wider level this is one of a number of schemes we are delivering on the east coast main line by April 2014 which will allow faster services and more trains to run on the route.

Minimising disruption

“Until recently, investment on this scale would have meant extensive disruption to passengers through cancellations and rail replacement buses while the work was completed. We have worked closely with the train operators to minimise the disruption including the decision to commission at Christmas when trains were not running.”

Better services

Previously trains travelling from Leeds to the north east and Scotland conflicted with other passenger services, often resulting in trains being forced to stand before they could access a platform. This has now been resolved, creating greater freedom of operation and a better flow of trains into and out of the station.

Close up shot of rail track and ballast