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£80 million rail improvement programme set for August bank holiday

£80 million rail improvement programme set for August bank holiday

An £80 million programme of works comprising almost 450 projects will be undertaken during the August bank holiday weekend.

Between Saturday 24 August to Monday 26 August, Network Rail’s workforce will deliver a total of 448 projects that will ultimately improve Britain’s railways.

This follows the pattern of using bank holidays to deliver upgrades and improvements, as part of Network Rail’s commitment to making the network even more efficient for business users, passengers and freight operators.

Over the August bank holiday weekend, an 8,500 strong workforce will work around the clock to not only ensure more reliable infrastructure is delivered, along with improved facilities and a better service, but also so the railway remains open.

This will be the case for the vast majority of services; however, there will be some services affected. Like in Easter and the May bank holidays, Network Rail has chosen the August bank holiday weekend for its programme of works because the railway is 50% quieter than usual, so working around this time minimises impact on passengers and freight services.

The Chief Executive of Network Rail, commented: “There is never a convenient time to close parts of the railway. We are very aware that bank holiday engineering work affects many people who will have wanted to make the most of the long weekend.

“But the only reasons we do the work then is because it affects far fewer people than a closure on a normal working day.

“We plan to use every minute of the closures to work towards deliver a service that our passengers deserve. And most of the railway network will be open as usual, only some routes will be closed.”

Overhead wiring system upgrades and track renewal will be undertaken on the Southend Victoria branch line to improve safety and efficiency – part of a £46 million investment.

Elsewhere, significant work will take place between Peterborough and Cambridge, and London King’s Cross, London St Pancras and Moorgate stations.

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