Friday, 29 January 2016

Network Rail - Great Northern Great Eastern line

More trains, faster journeys

'To deliver more services and faster journeys, we’ve upgraded the Great Northern Great Eastern line that supports the East Coast Main Line. This £280m improvement programme was completed in early 2014.'

Claire Perry officially opens £280 million Lincolnshire rail improvements (9 Mar 2015)

'Rail Minister sees how Great Northern Great Eastern line upgrade is improving freight links and increasing capacity.'

Transport: Great Northern Great Eastern Upgrade (28 Jan 2016)

'What discussions he has had with Network Rail on compensation for residents affected by the upgrade of the great northern great eastern line.' [Stephen Phillips]

Transport Petition (13 Jan 2015)

Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport

'I recognise the concerns that local residents may have about the prospect of increased rail freight traffic through North Werrington. However, the developments that Network Rail is undertaking on the Great Northern/Great Eastern Joint Line through Lincoln will benefit both freight and passenger services, by reducing the need for rail freight services between Peterborough and Doncaster to use the East Coast Main Line. This will provide scope for increased, and more reliable, passenger services on the East Coast Main Line while retaining the ability of the rail freight sector to compete effectively with road haulage—in turn reducing congestion and pollution on the road network.

The Joint Line is, of course, already in daily use for both passenger and freight rail services and there is therefore no automatic obligation upon Network Rail to introduce noise or particulate mitigation measures for increases in service levels. Nonetheless, if, over time, the development of the line leads to a demonstrable increase in noise, vibration and pollution for local residents, there is guidance available on Network Rail’s website at on how to raise concerns. The Department will, however, write to Network Rail to ensure that the company is aware of local residents’ worries about the possible impacts.

I am afraid that the responsibilities of the Department for Transport do not run to the determination of council tax levels. This is a matter for Peterborough City Council. In line with the Coalition Government’s commitment to localism, Ministers and officials have no remit to intervene in the day-to-day affairs of local authorities except where specific provision has been made in legislation.'

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