Tuesday 1 Jun 2021
Bank holiday rail upgrades complete between London and Cumbria
- Region & Route:
- North West & Central
Network Rail has completed essential upgrades to the railway between Euston, the Midlands, North West and Cumbria over the late May bank holiday.
Between Saturday 29 and Monday 31 May, teams carried out vital work on the railway to improve passenger and freight services on the West Coast main line – the Backbone of Britain.
The £14.5m improvement projects in Network Rail's North West and Central region as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan saw:
- Railway track replacement at Worcester, Halton in Cheshire, Harrow and Wealdstone and Cheddington in Buckinghamshire
- Signalling upgrades at Trafford Park in Manchester
- Track foundation stone upgrades in Crewe and Carlisle
Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential upgrades to the West Coast main line and routes which feed into it over the late May bank holiday.
“I’m immensely proud of the hundreds of Network Rail staff and our contractors who continue to make the West Coast main line more reliable for our passengers and pave the way for HS2, which will bring much-needed extra railway capacity as the country builds back better from the pandemic.”
Network Rail planners worked hard to reschedule planned maintenance to try to minimise disruption over bank holidays this year.
Meanwhile, travellers are reminded they must continue to follow advice on how to control the spread of coronavirus.
People should continue to follow Government guidance so they know how to travel safely.
This includes planning ahead and checking before you travel as transport services and roads might be busier as restrictions ease.
For more information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.