Tuesday 2 Jan 2018
Network Rail successfully completes £8 million upgrade in Southampton
South Western Railway passengers are able to travel through Southampton again after Network Rail successfully completed £8 million of track renewal work on schedule over the Christmas period.
The replacing of worn out infrastructure will mean more reliable journeys for passengers in and out of Southampton, as well as reducing track noise for residents living close to the railway near Northam Junction.
The work formed part of Network Rail’s biggest-ever Christmas investment in Britain’s rail infrastructure, with more than £160 million spent nationwide to improve journeys for passengers.
During the Southampton work, more than 100 engineers worked in shifts around the clock, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, to complete the upgrade on time, replacing more than 6,000 meters of cabling and 200 meters of track.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director for Network Rail’s Wessex Route, said:
“This upgrade work was essential to replace worn out kit and means we can now provide a more reliable service to passengers through a critical part of our busy network; around 164,000 trains have passed over these tracks in the last year alone.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we delivered this important project and also give thanks to our team of engineers who have worked incredibly hard 24-hours a day over the Christmas period to complete the work on time.”
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.