Monday 27 Nov 2017
Rhyl track works completed as £50m north Wales railway upgrade project continues
Network Rail has thanked north Wales residents and passengers for their patience after completing essential upgrade work in Rhyl.
Normal Sunday service will resume for train passengers travelling between Llandudno Junction and Chester following the completion of track and signalling upgrade work, all part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better railway for passengers and businesses.
Engineers have been working on the railway in Rhyl since the end of October, replacing hundreds of metres of track as well as installing new signalling equipment. Whilst the bulk of the work is complete, engineers will carry out minor track work in the area overnight until January 2018. The new signalling equipment is set to go live in March 2018.
This latest phase of modernisation work forms part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project.
Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “Our railway is vital to economic prosperity, linking people, businesses and communities. We would like to thank the local community for their patience during this improvement work, which will improve the resilience and reliability of the railway for passengers in north Wales.”
“We have been working closely with our partners Arriva Trains Wales to keep passengers moving during the major upgrade work, and will keep passengers and the local community informed as our upgrade work in north Wales continues”
Lynne Milligan, customer services director for Arriva Trains Wales, said:“We are passionate about giving our customers the best and most reliable service we possibly can.
“Investment in the railway in north Wales is excellent news and demonstrates how working closely with our partners in Network Rail, we can deliver that for our customers.
“We would like to thank customers for their patience as we look forward to seeing the benefit of track investment in our services now and in the future.”
The North Wales Railway Upgrade project started in January 2017 and is set to be completed by the summer of 2018.
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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.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 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.
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