Great Northern Great Eastern Project

Great Northern Great Eastern Project


The Department for Transport, in developing plans for a strategic freight network, identified the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) joint line as a means of diverting freight from the East Coast Main Line (ECML), thereby increasing network capacity.

The enhancement scheme involved upgrading all the core railway infrastructure between Peterborough (Werrington Junction) and Doncaster.


SYSTRA dedicated Level Crossing design team was asked to assist Network Rail’s in the production of an initial batch of 12 Approval in Principal (AiP) Ground Plans. This was a significant challenge as a majority of the level crossing upgrades involved the introduction of MCB-OD. At the time, this was a new type of level crossing control using radar technology and design experience of this crossing type throughout the industry was extremely limited.

Based on the performance on the initial allocation of AIP Ground Plans, SYSTRA was then awarded the production of Approved for Construction (AFC) Ground Plans for all 32 sites, including those for which Network Rail had completed the designs at AIP stage. This included 23 MCB-OD level crossings, by far the largest single scheme to have been commissioned to date, 4 conventional MCBCCTV crossings, 2 AHBC crossings and 3 UWCMSL crossings.

Despite extremely critical timescales and resource levels, SYSTRA delivered all the Level Crossing Ground Plans, plus all the associated deliverables from other disciplines, to meet the Client’s expectations and each phase, including the 32 level crossings, was commissioned on schedule.

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