Tuesday 31 Aug 2021
Railway open for business after major August bank holiday upgrades
- Region & Route:
- North West & Central
Network Rail has completed essential upgrades to the railway between Euston, the Midlands and North West over the August bank holiday.
Between Saturday 28 and Monday 30 August, teams carried out vital work on the railway to improve passenger and freight services on the West Coast main line – the Backbone of Britain.
The £17m improvement projects in Network Rail's North West and Central region as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan saw:
- Railway track replacement, bridge improvements and upgrading of lineside equipment in Water Orton, Nuneaton and Birmingham as part of HS2 work.
- Work at London Euston to build HS2 – Britain’s new high-speed railway.
- Railway track replacement between Congleton and Cheadle in Cheshire
- Railway bridge strengthening between Birchwood and Hunts Cross in Cheshire
- Signalling – the traffic lights of the railway – being upgraded in Bicester in Oxfordshire and at Trafford Park in Manchester.
Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential upgrades to the West Coast main line and routes which feed into it over the August bank holiday.
“I’m immensely proud of the hundreds of Network Rail staff and our contractors who continue to make the West Coast main line more reliable for our passengers and pave the way for HS2, which will bring much-needed extra railway capacity as the country builds back better from the pandemic.”
Network Rail planners worked hard to reschedule planned maintenance to try to minimise disruption over bank holidays this year.
With domestic tourism in high demand this summer across the country, Network Rail’s bank holiday engineering work was planned to minimise disruption to passengers with very few lines, stations and destinations impacted by the national £90m investment programme.
Meanwhile, passengers are advised to continue following government guidance and wear a face covering in busy indoor settings unless they are exempt.
With good ventilation systems on trains, extra cleaning and improved information about quieter times, passengers can continue to travel with confidence.
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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.
Usually, there are almost five 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.