Northallerton Station to be improved ready for bigger trains

Northallerton station is set to benefit from a £900,000 extension as part of a railway upgrade plan that will allow longer trains to stop.

Platform 2 is being extended by 20 metres to allow all carriages of Virgin’s new Azuma trains to fit into the station.

The new trains are due to be introduced on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.

Network Rail will being the project on Saturday, 25 February and will be completed on Tuesday, 22 August.

The company say there will be no disruption to passenger services whilst the work takes place.

There will be a temporary closure of Boroughbridge Road from 8pm on Saturday, 25 March until 6am on Sunday, 26 March.

During the closure, a sign-posted diversion route will be in place.

Aidan Talbot, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “The work we are carrying out at Northallerton station is an important part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will allow all carriages of the new Azuma trains to fit into the station.

“It is a vital piece of enhancement work to the railway and will bring even greater benefits for passengers travelling on the East Coast Main Line. The work is part of a wider project of improvements and we have recently begun a similar project at Durham station.

“I’d like to thank passengers and road users for their patience whilst this work is carried out.”

A Virgin Trains spokesperson said: “Our Virgin Azuma trains, which will be introduced from next year, will help us to transform the customer experience, creating more capacity, and faster and more comfortable journeys on our east coast route.”

The railway upgrade plan is part of Network Rail’s investment programme for railways in the UK, comprising two-thirds of the company’s £40bn spending priorities for the five years up to 2019.