- Life-expired Burnaby Road railway bridge in Portsmouth to be replaced between Monday 12 February and Friday 16 February 2018.
- More than 50 Network Rail engineers and track staff will work around the clock to install
- Rail replacement buses in operation every 10 minutes between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea, with diversion routes for motorists and pedestrians
- New crossing, made from British steel, to replace the old bridge over the half-term break
- Will retain original colours of the old Victorian bridge, reflecting the famous Portsmouth crest
National & regional news
As part of Network Rail’s £170m Lee Valley Rail programme, disused land is being used to reinstate a third track between Stratford and Angel Road stations which was lost during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Video footage shows the installation of a new railway bridge in Tottenham which will once again carry a third track over the River Lea Navigation. Due to be complete in 2019, the project will enable two extra trains per hour*, unlocking sites for housing development and economic growth in the boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forrest.
- With shoppers turning to stations for last-minute gifts, Network Rail reports 9% retail sales growth across its managed stations over the festive period
- Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross performed best, with five stations recording double-digit sales growth
- 31% of total station users – around 33 million people – visited a station retailer between 18 November and 23 December
London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line to re-open as electrification of the line nears completion
- Gospel Oak to Barking line to fully re-open on Monday 15 January
- The new electrified line will be fully tested ahead of new state-of -the-art trains being introduced in spring 2018
Engineers will begin track modernisation work in Flint later this month as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The next phase of the Midland Main Line upgrade is set to begin in Corby this month with a major road bridge to be reconstructed.
Passengers advised to plan ahead as Brighton Main Line rail improvement project is announced for October 2018 and February 2019
Rail passengers across Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line was announced today by Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
The views of residents, businesses and passengers are being sought over the next four weeks on plans to continue the transformation of east-west rail services between Oxford, Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
The railway between Whitehaven and Workington on the Cumbrian coast line has reopened after repairs to a sink hole were completed.