Tuesday 2 Jan 2018
North West railway engineers poised to respond as Storm Eleanor approaches
- London North Western
Network Rail engineers are today monitoring the railway across the North West ahead of Storm Eleanor hitting Britain.
Mark Killick, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “The forecast adverse weather is likely to cause some localised flooding on the Cumbrian coast.
“We have Team Orange engineers out monitoring the rail network across the North West ready to respond if needed.
“We’d urge train customers to check before they travel at nationalrail.co.uk and with train operators for the very latest information.”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.