Friday 16 Mar 2018
Passengers in North Wales urged to check before travelling as engineers work to bring new signalling system into use
The weekend of 24-25 March marks a milestone in the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project, when a state of the art signalling system between Shotton and Colwyn Bay will come into use for the first time.
Over the weekend, engineers will be carrying out final testing and commissioning of the new signalling system. The work forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and will increase the resilience and reliability of the railway for passengers in North Wales.
Network Rail is working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains to minimise disruption during delivery of the North Wales railway upgrade project. Replacement bus services will be in operation between Llandudno Junction and Chester on Sunday 18 March, Saturday 24 March, Sunday 25 March, Sunday 8 April, Sunday 15 April, Sunday 22 April, Sunday 29 April and Sunday 13 May. Passengers are advised to check before they travel at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.
Richard Evans, programme manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “I would like to thank residents and passengers for their patience during the installation of the new signalling system.
“We will be working closely with Arriva Trains Wales and our industry partners to minimise disruption to passengers and residents as we complete this essential work.”
Bethan Jelfs, Customer Services Director for Arriva Trains Wales said: “Upgrade work on the railway in North Wales is excellent news in terms of running reliable and efficient services for our customers now and in the future.
“We are working closely with our partners in Network Rail to ensure this valuable work impacts as few of our customers as possible. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and ask passengers to check before they travel.”
As well as the new signalling system, the North Wales railway upgrade project also includes the installation of new track along the railway line in Flint, Rhyl, Mostyn and Abergele. The project is set to be completed by the summer 2018.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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