Network Rail will embark on a significant programme to upgrade the railways during the August bank holiday weekend, costing in the region of £84 million.
Almost 10,000 will work throughout the network during the bank holiday weekend on hundreds of projects as part of Network Rail’s five-year railway upgrade plan.
This is a multi-billion pound investment in the railways that will see passenger experiences vastly improved in the long term, giving businesses and commuters certainty in the years ahead that greater accessibility will be provided throughout the country.
As part of this upgrade plan, more than 400 projects will be undertaken throughout the August bank holiday weekend by 9,600 Network Rail employees.
This includes more progress on the £200 million scheme that will transform track and signalling through Derby station – a key part of the Midland Main Line upgrade that will support better journeys between Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and London.
Elsewhere, a vital junction outside of London Euston station will be replaced at North Wembley so the reliability of services is improved.
Over the August bank holiday weekend, track replacements will also be undertaken close to Coventry in order to ensure reliability for passengers and businesses alike.
The upgrade plans follow similar work over Easter and the two May bank holidays which included work on 1,200 separate projects in total, thanks to thousands of dedicated employees.
August will be no different and Andy Thomas, Managing Director of England and Wales at Network Rail, said that it will result in a better quality of service.
He said: “This August bank holiday weekend, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of the £50 billion railway upgrade plan.
“This huge investment programme will lead to faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.”