Network Rail Deploys 14,000 Strong ARMY over May Day Bank Holiday to Improve the Railway

Thousands of engineers will be deployed to Britain’s train network over the May Day bank holiday weekend as part of a £50m commitment by Network Rail.

As part of Network Rail’s railway renovation programme, new station amenities, new platforms, new junctions, and hundreds of new, more dependable pieces of equipment will be constructed and delivered. Work has been coordinated to cause the least amount of inconvenience to travellers, as travel can decrease by 20 to 30 percent over a holiday weekend.

Mark Carne, chief executive, said: “Our improvement programme this bank holiday, delivered by a 14,000-strong army of rail workers, is focussed on delivering a better service for passengers.”

The key investment plans this bank holiday includes:

Crossrail: Major new track and connections for future Crossrail services will be erected at Slough over the holiday weekend. This will have minor impact on services as two of the four lines from Paddington to Slough will remain open and available for services.

London Liverpool Street: Work on a new bridge at Pudding Mill Lane (near Stratford) for future Crossrail services and new overhead lines and track near Chadwell Heath, leading to more reliable services, will take place on Sunday and Monday on the Great Eastern main line from Liverpool Street to Ingatestone. Passenger services will originate and terminate at Ingatestone and a rail replacement road service will be in operation between Ingatestone, Wickford, Newbury Park (for links to London Underground) and Liverpool Street.

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Sunday and Monday will witness the replacement of a critical junction outside Waterloo station, resulting in improved service dependability. Amended timetables have been made available due to the potential impact on numerous lines using the station. The £6.5bn investment initiative to run many more, quicker, better services, north-south, through the heart of London continues throughout the bank holiday weekend.

While not on the magnitude of the Easter work, there will be investment on track and signalling throughout the three days. The impact on services will be:\sCharing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East & London Bridge high level platforms 1-3 will be closed at various points over the weekend with no Southeastern services from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge and diversions into Victoria / Blackfriars or trains terminating at New Cross.

Work near Wolverhampton, Stafford, and Crewe on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Scotland: Passengers on some Virgin Trains, London Midland, Cross Country, Transpennine Express, and Arriva Train Wales trains will notice some changes this weekend as construction on Europe’s busiest mixed-use long-distance main line continues in three key areas:
Buses will take the place of trains on the WCML’s diversionary section on Sunday and Monday until a new, more dependable signalling system is constructed between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

As part of the $250 million investment initiative to eliminate a significant bottleneck on the WCML, new track and overhead lines are being constructed in and around Stafford on Saturday and Sunday.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, new track is being built between Crewe and Wigan on the WCML leading to more reliable services

Major work around Glasgow: Work to the south and south east of Glasgow will see modifications to Virgin Trains, ScotRail, Transpennine Express and Cross Country services throughout the weekend. Our investment initiatives with see the demolition of a road bridge near Newton, a new footbridge erected near Motherwell and new track and junctions replaced near Carstairs.

Mark Carne, chief executive, added: “Passenger numbers continue to grow and grow and this bank holiday investment programme forms a key part of our £38bn railway upgrade plan that is aimed at meeting surging demand and improving and expanding our congested railway network.”

Last Updated on December 29, 2021


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