Network Rail wished to upgrade the power supply on the East Coast Main Line to enable faster, quieter and more environmentally friendly electric rains to run. The upgrade paves the way for the introduction of new trains, such as the Azuma.
To facilitate these improvements, they launched the East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade Project, which will be completed in two phases:
Phase 1 of the project began in 2014 and is planned to be completed by early 2020.
The following upgrades have already been completed:
Further upgrades are planned to increase resilience and reliability along the route. These upgrades include additional sub-stations, track based cabinets and feeder stations.
Phase 2 of the project will involve the installation of feeder and substations along the route, capacity upgrades, new 132kv connection at Hambleton junction and upgrades to existing power supply connections.
The second phase of the project is currently in design stages and dates for carrying out the work are still being finalised.
Phase 2 will be delivering upgraded power to the East Coast Mainline railway between Bawtry and Edinburgh and will include:
Both phases of the project are being delivered by the Rail Electrification (REAL) Alliance which compromises of: