A major new rail project set to be built in Doncaster has been approved by the government as it looks to improve the nation's train services.

Network Rail applied for a £45 million flyover to be built at Shaftholme, which lies just north of the south Yorkshire town and has been given the go-ahead by the secretary of state for transport with Morgan Sindall given the task of delivering the project. The move is part of a much larger improvement of the east coast main line and will help to better passenger experience and also look to reduce the amount of delays that could potentially happen on the line due to the large amount of trains that use this route.

The North Doncaster Chord project, also has the scope to create up to 300 additional passengers seats, as more trains will be able to use the line in the future. Network Rail aims to alleviate the amount of bottlenecking that can occur on the east coast main line on a regular basis. Officials stated that the main plans included creating a new flyover at Shaftholme that would transport slow-moving freight trains coming from the ports around the Humber to go over the east coast main line as opposed to across which would a freeing up of this route.

Network Rail noted a host of benefits that come with this scheme and highlighted the fact that not only would more passengers services be able to operate up and down the east coast main line but it would also be able to take more and more freight services off the roads and onto the rails. This will go hand in hand with the government's plans of allowing 15 per cent of UK's electricity to be powered by renewable energy as carbon emissions would be significantly reduced over this time.

Phil Verster, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "Britain relies on rail and with demand for rail travel increasing it’s essential that we invest in the railway to provide better services for passengers with more trains, additional seats and improved punctuality."

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