Better trains for Doncaster

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DONCASTER could be in line for speedier train services after the government gave the green light to a multi-million pound flyover.

Approval for the North Doncaster Chord scheme will take slow moving freight trains off the line and free up the network for “improved capacity and reliability”.

Plans for the flyover at Shaftholme were approved this week by the secretary of state for transport and the work on the £45m project will be completed by 2014.

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.

“This is a significant step forward in improving capacity and reliability on the busy East Coast Main Line.”

Diverting freight traffic will free up capacity for passenger services and enable additional freight to be transported by rail rather than road.