A multi-million pound signalling upgrade is just one of the projects that will be undertaken in Kent and South London over Easter, as Network Rail press ahead with significant investment.
Already, Network Rail has announced that work totalling more than £100 million will take place during the Easter weekend, with projects confirmed for Sussex.
With Control Period 6 (CP6) imminent, this level of investment in infrastructure, maintenance and renewals is set to continue.
Similar to the other work announced, Kent and South London will benefit; over the weekend, a £55 million signalling upgrade will be completed from Deptford to Woolwich and Lewisham to Falconwood.
This will replace the old signalling kit, modernising the network with new, improved and more reliable technology.
Engineers will work around the clock to deliver signalling upgrades as part of the drive to improve the journeys for passengers who need to use the network every single day.
Train services will be replaced by buses during this time.
For Kent and South London, this is not the only investment in the railway over the weekend; in addition, work will begin on an £88 million project that will see signalling upgraded from Hither Green to New Eltham, Elmstead Woods and Bromley North.
Track quality will be improved by a state-of-the-art high output ballast cleaner, simultaneously reducing delays between Grove Park and Chislehurst.
Network Rail also confirmed the renewal of switches and crossings in Paddock Wood; by upgrading these moveable sections of track that allow trains to switch lines, trains will be able to run more efficiently, improving journeys as a whole.
Ellie Burrows, train services director at Southeastern, commented on the work: Above all, our passengers value punctual and reliable trains and this investment in essential maintenance and the renewal of vital infrastructure by Network Rail will help ensure the railway runs as smoothly as possible for Southeastern’s passengers.”