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.
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.