Network Rail has reopened many of its routes after its staff delivered an £84 million scheme of improvements to provide a more reliable railway.
Many routes were closed over the bank holiday weekend- including the West Coast main line, as part of the second stage of work to replace North Wembley junction.
It meant that London Euston was closed in order to replace what is one of the busiest rail junctions in Europe, giving passengers and businesses a more reliable railway service that is also better for freight trains too.
The replacement of this vital junction was one of more than 400 projects undertaken during a hectic bank holiday weekend that saw approximately 9,600 of Network Rail’s workforce deliver reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and ultimately, better services for passengers.
It is something the owner and operator of England’s railways is continuing to do; we have seen improvements in the way of rail lines being readied for improved technology in the form of signalling and electrification, and moving forward in the future, the start of Control Period 6 will also see an infrastructure programme delivered, the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.
Although one stage on the North Wembley junction just outside of London Euston still remains, most of the work has now been completed, providing a more reliable railway.
Elsewhere, Network Rail confirmed that work to complete track replacement near Coventry was completed; providing vital renewals of tracks in Canley, and Coventry, while a £5 million drainage scheme in Hampton-in-Arden, will reduce flooding risks on the line between Birmingham International and Coventry.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director at Network Rail, commented: “This work is part of our ongoing Railway Upgrade Plan which will provide customers with a better railway.
“There is never a good time to carry out work that affects services, but we worked closely with train operators for it to cause the least amount of disruption.”