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Tuesday 27 Aug 2019

Passengers benefit from more reliable railway after bank holiday investment

Region & Route:
North West & Central

Passengers are benefitting from a more reliable railway after major engineering work over the August bank holiday.

Sections of track were replaced on the West Coast main line - Europe’s busiest mixed-use (freight and passenger) railway line - between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard as well as between Adlington and Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester.

More than £19m was invested in the North West and Central Region as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan between Saturday 24 and Monday 26 August.

The improvements will continue to make the railway safe and reliable for passenger and freight services.

David Golding, interim route managing director, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out our vital Railway Upgrade Plan work over the August bank holiday. Thousands of Network Rail staff worked around the clock so services could start as normal this morning.

“Train companies and Network Rail have worked together to minimise disruption for customers by doing a lot of work over the recent bank holidays. The alternative would have been closing the line over multiple weekends throughout the summer.”

More than 2,700 railway engineers worked around the clock to improve the railway for passengers and freight customers in the North West & Central Region over the bank holiday weekend.

Nationally a total of £97m was invested as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

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