Network Rail has awarded Morgan Sindall the £20M North Doncaster Chord project to remove a critical bottleneck from the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The scheme will be delivered by Network Rail, Morgan Sindall and URS working in a new alliancing culture which will harness efficiencies and mitigate risk.
The 3.2km twin track chord works include the construction of a six span viaduct over the ECML, two approach embankments, and associated track and signalling connections. The works also involve replacing an existing level crossing with a highway bridge which will reduce the height of the new chord and provide road users with a safer crossing of the ECML.
Currently freight trains have to use a stretch of the ECML north of Doncaster which restricts passenger train capacity. The completed project will remove some freight trains from this section of ECML, helping to improve reliability and creating extra capacity to run more ECML passenger services.
The project award follows Network Rail’s recent decision to alter its contracting strategy and engage with contractors on key rail projects and programmes at an earlier stage. The move is intended to enable Network Rail to capitalise on the companies’ expertise and innovation which helps to ensure that projects are delivered faster, safer and more efficiently, whilst creating better value throughout the development, design and delivery processes.