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East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade

East Coast Main Line

Network Rail is committed to delivering an enhanced power supply on the East Coast Main Line (ECML), supporting the Thameslink and Intercity Express Programmes and the introduction of new faster, quieter and cleaner trains on the route.

To facilitate these improvements, they launched the East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade Project – a four-year scheme to enhance the power supply/overhead line equipment (OLE) on the ECML.

Project scope

Responsible for the delivery of the £237million, East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade Project is the Rail Electrification (REAL) Alliance. The alliance, comprising of Network Rail, VolkerRail, Siemans and JP Murphy and Sons; with sub alliance partners Jacobs and TSP projects, will construct new feeder stations, renew overhead line equipment (OLE) structures, and install new power lines and signalling equipment over 246km of the ECML, from Wood Green in London to Bawtry near Doncaster.

The new power supply upgrade (PSU) will allow the AC current to fluctuate between +25KV and -25KV, giving an enhanced capability to new rolling stock being introduced; modernising the route and decreasing the amount of maintenance required for OLE. This will improve journey times and make services more comfortable; addressing overcrowding issues and continuing to meet the ever growing demand for rail travel.

REAL has been created to provide Network Rail with an exemplary team that combines excellence in collaboration with market leading performance in the delivery of electrification. The alliance is committed to making significant improvements to two of the country’s busiest railway lines.

For more information visit http://www.networkrail.co.uk/eastcoastmainline/PSU/


The REAL alliance

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    Network Rail
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    Alliance partner
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