East Coast Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to make the East Coast Main Line more resilient to power line failures.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Network Rail has recently completed work to renew various overhead line components on the East Coast Main Line. Particular focus has been between King's Cross and Hitchin where contact and catenary wire and droppers were replaced. This has resulted in improved performance. Network Rail are also delivering a £250 million project to enhance power supply on the southern part of the route. This will allow the new Intercity Express and Thameslink trains to operate an enhanced service.

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