Major engineering work undertaken during the final bank holiday weekend in May has resulted in much needed improvements.
Services were affected during the weekend – as they were throughout the first bank holiday weekend in May, and Easter, as Network Rail scheduled the engineering work at times when the rail services were used less frequently.
It allowed the organisation to deliver significant West Coast main line upgrades between Euston and Carlisle, replacing sections of track on what is Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway line, which runs both passenger and freight services.
Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail’s London North Western route, was grateful to passengers, and explained the timing of the engineering work.
He said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out our vital Railway Upgrade Plan work over the late May bank holiday.
“Thousands of Network Rail staff worked around the clock so services could get back to normal.
“Train companies and Network Rail have worked together to minimise disruption for customers by doing a lot of work over the recent bank holidays.
“The alternative would have been closing the line over multiple weekends throughout the summer.”
Network Rail confirmed that overhead electric cables were upgraded in a number of areas as part of the upgrade, while bridges, tunnels and trackside equipment benefited from vital improvements.
The result is an upgraded network that delivers safety and reliability for passengers and freight services that use the railway each and every day.
As part of the bank holiday programme of work, canopies were removed from two platforms at Euston station; track replacement took place between Tring and Milton Keynes; whilst foundation improvements were also delivered at the latter location.
Upgrades won’t stop there, with Network Rail confirming further improvements on the West Coast mainline during the summer.