Thursday 25 Oct 2018
Passengers urged to check before they travel as first stage of upgrade to railway in East Yorkshire takes place
Network Rail is advising passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel as a huge £50million upgrade into the railway in East Yorkshire begins.
The work is part of the Great North Rail Project and will see the signalling system on the line between Ferriby, Gilberdyke and Saltmarshe upgraded with 49 new signals installed. Control of the signalling will move from old style, lineside signal boxes to Network Rail’s state of the art Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in York.
Once completed, passengers will benefit from a more modern and reliable railway with increased resilience during times of disruption. The project will also see 11 level crossings in the area renewed which will improve safety.
To allow the work to be carried out safely, the line will be closed to train services on Sunday, 11 November with buses replacing trains between Hull and Selby and Hull and Goole. For passengers travelling between London King’s Cross and Hull, the service will be diverted to Selby with a replacement bus running between Doncaster and Hull.
Passengers are strongly advised to plan ahead and check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “This upgrade is part of the Great North Rail Project and is absolutely vital. It will modernise the railway in East Yorkshire and provide real benefits for passengers.
“Due to the nature of the work, there will be some disruption to services and we do apologise for this. We’re working closely with train operators to keep passengers moving and we’d strongly urge anyone wishing to travel to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries.
“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience whilst this £50million investment takes place as it will ensure we can continue to provide a service which meets the needs of the communities and economies our railway services.”
The next stages of the upgrade will take place on the line on the weekends of 24/25 November and 1/2 December.
About Network Rail
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.