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East Coast Digital Programme

East Coast Digital Programme

We are working with colleagues and partners across the rail industry to deliver a programme to replace and modernise the signalling systems on some of our Great Northern and Thameslink routes.

Conventional lineside signals, many of which were installed in the 1970s , will be removed and replaced by in-cab digital technology – similar to that our Thameslink drivers already use on our cross-London route, through the ‘Core’, between London Bridge and Kings Cross/ Kentish Town.

This technology will first be introduced on the Northern City Line, between Finsbury Park and Moorgate, where, as a result, our Great Northern customers will enjoy more reliable journeys from this summer (2022). The programme will eventually deliver performance improvements to much of our Great Northern and some of our Thameslink network as we rollout digital signalling on the East Coast Main Line route, between Peterborough and Kings Cross.

As well as improving reliability, digital signalling will allow more trains to run on the East Coast Mainline in the future, as well as making our railway safer. Our involvement in the programme, therefore, plays a key part in ensuring we are delivering a reliable and safe service – and railway - that is fit for the future.

There will be some weekend closures to allow this to be carried out, so always check every journey before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk.

Watch this video to find out more about the programme.

Coming soon – Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll soon update this page with more information about the programme and how we plan to deliver it, so please check back regularly if you’d like to find out more.