Monday 15 Jan 2018
Train services back to normal as major improvement work at Newcastle station completes
Network Rail has completed work on an £8.6million project to upgrade the track at Newcastle station as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The nine day project saw 19 sets of points, the specialist pieces of railway which allow trains to move from one section of track to another, upgraded. The project will mean a more reliable railway for the 8 million passengers who use Newcastle station every year and benefits will be felt across the whole of the north east.
The project was meticulously planned and over 13,000 man-hours of work took place on the project to make sure trains could run as normal today.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This upgrade was much needed and will create a more reliable railway for those travelling to, from and across the north east.
“We know this work impacted upon train services and we worked extremely closely with the train operators to keep passengers moving and disruption is a minimum. We’d like to thank passengers for their patience."
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