Tuesday 14 Nov 2017
Network Rail to hold drop-in event ahead of rail upgrade in Bedford
Network Rail is inviting residents in Bedford to find out more about work to upgrade the railway on the Midland Main Line.
Between 11-23 December, Network Rail will be carrying out ‘piling’ - installing foundations for the masts and gantries that will carry electrified wires needed to power new trains.
Piling involves driving cylindrical steel structures deep into the ground and can be noisy, with work taking place overnight when fewer trains run.
Network Rail is holding a public drop-in event ahead of the piling on Saturday 18 November at Harpur Shopping Centre in Bedford between 9:00 and 17:00.
Anyone who can’t make the event but wants to learn more can call the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41
Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries
Network Rail press office - Toby Higgins
Media relations manager (London North Eastern & East Midlands route)
01904 383180 / 07850 406724
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.