Tuesday 6 Feb 2018
Passengers advised to plan ahead as £50million upgrade takes place in East Yorkshire
Rail travellers are advised to check before they travel as the latest stage of the Great North Rail Project takes place.
A major upgrade to the signalling system on the line between Ferriby, Gilberdyke and Saltmarshe will begin, with signalling technology ‘recontrolled’ from local lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York.
The project will provide a whole host of benefits for passengers, including a more modern railway with increased reliability which has greater flexibility for any future timetable or line speed changes. The project will also mean safety improvements at level crossings along the route.
To allow the work to be carried out safely, buses will replace trains between Hull, Selby and Goole on Sunday, 18 February, with passengers advised to allow additional time for their journey and plan ahead via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator.
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.