Hull Trains has welcomed Theresa May’s announcement [23 July 2018] that a £780m investment will be made to significantly improve the East Coast Main Line by 2020.
The Department for Transport announced that the investment would result in improvements to platforms, tracks, signals and junctions across the route. The work is set to begin next year. The investment comes as the Prime Minister reaffirms the Government’s commitment to the ‘Northern Powerhouse,’ which focuses on driving the economy and provide further investment in the North.
Although there have been some large enhancement projects in recent years along the route, including London King’s Cross station, Hitchin Flyover and the South Yorkshire Junction modifications, the last major upgrade on the East Coast Main Line was during the 1980s. The line was electrified more than 35 years ago - allowing what was at that time a new generation of electric traction, including the Intercity 225, to be introduced.
Hull Trains joins the East Coast Main Line at Templehirst Junction between York and Doncaster, travelling the 169 miles between the junction and London 92 times a week. In 2019, the company will introduce five new state-of-the-art Class 802 bi-mode services that will be capable of operating as a diesel or electric trains [using the East Coast Main Line’s overhead lines].
Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director for Hull Trains, said: “We are pleased to hear the announcement that significant improvements will be made to the East Coast Main Line. The route has been in need for investment for a number of years and upgrading the line to improve reliability will further benefit our customers.
“The enhancement works will be complete within a year of us introducing a new £60m fleet of trains, which will mean faster times and more seating capacity between Hull and the capital.”