Tuesday 14 Feb 2017
Network Rail begins work to upgrade East Coast Main Line in Yorkshire
Network Rail will begin a project to upgrade the track on Skelton New Bridge, which sits on the line between York and Northallerton, as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
The £1million project begins on Saturday, 18 February and will be completed on Monday, 27 February. The upgrade will see the old track removed and a new track installed, as well as strengthening and repair work to the bridge.
Once completed, the upgrade will see the removal of a temporary speed restriction which has been in place since 2014. This removal will mean fewer delays for passengers and will make the railway more reliable.
As there are two sets of tracks which carry trains north in this area, this investment can be completed while passenger services run on the other lines, minimising disruption to passengers.
Gary Costello, project manager at Network Rail, said: “The work we are doing is a vital part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“We are replacing pieces of track which were laid in 1972. The new track will provide a smoother journey for passengers and will make the railway more reliable.
“I look forward to passengers seeing the benefit of the upgrade.”
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.