Network Rail will take the opportunity during the Bank Holiday weekend in August to invest millions of pounds on projects that will make the railway safer and more reliable in the North West & Central Region.
For the North West & Central Region, the bank holiday weekend will see in excess of £19 million spent with two significant projects – part of the Railway Upgrade Plan – scheduled to take place.
Like with many public holidays, Network Rail will act during August’s, given that the railway is expected to be up to 50% quieter, meaning less disruption.
The projects will see track replaced between Adlington and Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire, as well as between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard.
Both passenger services and freight services will run more reliably after the work, and safety will also be increased.
Throughout the bank holiday weekend, more than 2,700 of Network Rail’s engineers will be working all hours to ensure railway services are improved at the end of the weekend.
In total, almost £100 million will be invested nationally as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
David Golding, interim route managing director, commented: “We appreciate there is never a good time to carry out large scale improvements to the railway.
“I know that bank holiday engineering work can affect passengers who want to make the most of the long weekend but we plan the work to affect the fewest number of people.
“Thankfully, disruption for passengers travelling between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District is minimal.”
These projects are just a small part of large scale projects that will be undertaken throughout the bank holiday weekend.
As well as the North West & Central Region, work will continue nationally, part of investment of approximately £80 million, including closure of the East Coast main line to allow for the necessary infrastructure upgrades planned.