Network Rail will complete more than 800 projects across Great Britain in the two May bank holidays, as the progress of the Railway Upgrade Plan continues.
The owner and infrastructure manager of most of England’s railways has confirmed there will be route changes during the bank holiday at the start and end of May in order to allow in excess of 32,000 employees work to deliver better facilities and infrastructure.
During both of these weekends, work will continue in the London area, HS2 maintenance will take place, while further afield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh will all benefit from work.
In total, Network Rail say more than 822 projects will be undertaken across the two bank holiday weekends on the Railway Upgrade Plan, which will deliver re-signalling at Birmingham New Street, and electrification works between Didcot and Bristol Parkway, to name just two schemes.
In Liverpool, installation of switches and crossings will be delivered; Carlisle will benefit from similar work, and “significant” work between Glasgow and Edinburgh will take place.
Altogether, the 32,100-strong workforce of Network Rail will ultimately provide faster and more frequent services for Britain’s railways to give greater passenger experience and improved facilities.
Inevitably, it will lead to disruption on the lines, but the end result will be better services and Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, explained the benefits of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
He said: “This May, thousands of rail workers will be working around the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“This huge investment programme will provide faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.
“While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this May.”