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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

The Rail Electrification Alliance (REAL) is responsible for the delivery of Network Rail’s East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade Project. The alliance, comprising of Network Rail, VolkerRail, Siemens, J Murphy and Sons, Jacobs and TSP, will construct new substations, install over 600km of new cabling and renew overhead line equipment (OLE) and structures over 246km of the ECML, from Wood Green in London to Bawtry near Doncaster.

The new power supply upgrade (PSU) is in direct support of the InterCity Express Programme, providing an enhanced traction power supply to enable the introduction of the new faster, more environmentally friendly Class 800 and 801 trains at the end of 2018, providing an improved service for passengers. The improvements will also reduce the amount of maintenance required for OLE. 

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. 

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

The REAL alliance

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Network Rail
  • Value
    £750m
  • Role
    Alliance partner
  • Project categories
    Rail

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