Network Rail is planning a series of major projects during the May bank holiday weekends.
Following on from a significant programme of work over Easter, which included £18 million worth of upgrades in Scotland, and more than 20,000 combined hours of work throughout Britain, Network Rail will use the May bank holiday weekends to continue its renewal of the railway.
More than 900 projects will be delivered during that time, and over both May bank holiday weekends, 22,000 people will work around the clock so that the railway remains open – albeit reduced – and more reliable infrastructure, improved services and better services are realised.
Because the railway can be up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays, Network Rail commonly target these times to deliver projects that minimise impact on passengers.
The West Coast Main Line route from London Euston to Glasgow will undergo upgrades; while track will replaced between Farringdon and West Hampstead.
Track will be renewed between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, while services from London Waterloo to Barnes and Clapham Junction will be reduced as a result of maintenance and refurbishment work.
Overhead wiring will be upgraded on the Southend Victoria branch line – and all this work will take pace during the first bank holiday.
Some will overrun to the later bank holiday, while Great Easter Main Line renewals will also take place.
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said the work is done with with passengers in mind, who “deserve a more reliable railway.”
He said: “Passengers want and deserve a more reliable railway, and over the May bank holidays, thousands of railways will be out on the track and working behind the scenes to deliver just that.”
With record investment from Control Period 6 (CP6), which has now commenced, the feeling is that even more projects will be undertaken to improve, maintain and renew the railway.