Monday 31 Oct 2016
VIDEO and PICTURES: A better, more reliable railway: Network Rail completes Hampshire railway upgrades on time
Passengers travelling on the railway through Fareham will benefit from better, more reliable journeys from this morning thanks to a major, week-long upgrade completed on-time this weekend by Network Rail.
The multimillion pound upgrade included replacing eight sets of points and a double junction, the crossings which allow trains to move between lines, as well as 240 metres of track and the ballast foundations.
Commenting on the completion of the upgrades, Colum Cavanagh, director of route asset management at Network Rail said, “This was an enormous project to complete in a relatively short space of time, but our orange army has worked around the clock to deliver on-time for passengers and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the successful planning and delivery of the upgrade.
“The number of passengers using the line through Fareham is growing fast, but the track was over forty years old, so replacing it was an essential aspect of our Railway Upgrade Plan for a better railway.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these important improvements.”
South West Trains will continue to work to deliver station facility improvements and modernisation which is due to be complete by the end of the year.
These improvements include a new staircase which will have double height handrails, a cycle channel and anti-slip treads; new zebra crossings and pedestrian access routes; more spaces for motorcycles to park; better lighting and signage throughout the station; and waiting facilities enhancements with new automatic doors.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.