Thursday 2 Jan 2020
Passengers to benefit from a better railway after Christmas and New Year work
Passengers are benefiting from a more reliable railway after Christmas and New Year maintenance and upgrade work was completed.
Thousands of Network Rail staff worked round-the-clock at different locations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
Work in the North West and Central region - which runs from Euston and Marylebone in London, to Scotland via the West Midlands and North West - included:
- Work in and around Euston station in preparation for HS2
- Work on overhead wire stanchions at Bletchley ahead of a new flyover being built across the West Coast main line to carry East West Rail between Oxford and Bedford
- Track being replaced in Tring and Crewe stations
- Railway drainage improvements between Preston and Lancaster
- Track renewal in the Haddenham & Thame Parkway area
- Track renewal and a level crossing replacement near Warrington
- Piling at Humphrey Park in Greater Manchester for platform extensions
- Ballast, the stone foundation of the railway, being replaced in Wolverhampton
- Ongoing preparation work for the full resignalling of Birmingham New Street in 2022.
Tim Shoveller, managing director of Network Rail’s North West and Central region, said: “Passengers are benefiting from a better, more reliable railway after the maintenance and upgrade work which took place over Christmas and the New Year. I thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience while we carried out this vital work to help provide a better railway for passengers.”
Nationally, more than 20,000 railway staff delivered around 380 separate projects.
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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 4.8 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.