Upgrade work on Britain’s railways worth £118 million will be undertaken during the Easter bank holiday weekend, Network Rail has announced.
In the wake of the rail operator’s investment plans for the next Control Period, there is a huge level of finance to come before then, and Easter is a time when hundreds of projects will benefit as part of the five-year Railway Upgrade Plan.
This multi-billion pound investment will benefit passengers for years, and the £118 million Easter investment across Britain will deliver in excess of 400 projects.
Infrastructure will be made more reliable and facilities will be improved by a workforce in the region of 15,000 who will work on the network during Easter.
Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, who will step down before the start of Control Period 6, said the upgrades are “crucial.”
He said: “This Easter, 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 provide faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.”
Work will be undertaken on Crossrail East during the Easter break, with improvements to the Great Eastern main line that goes out of London Liverpool Street.
This upgrade is in preparation of the opening of the Elizabeth line this December, which will see the rail capacity in the transport jump by 10%.
Elsewhere at Easter, Network Rail will deliver what is described as “the biggest ever signalling upgrade in and around Temple Meads.”
The end result will give passengers access to nearly twice as many train services between Bristol and London Paddington from next year.
Network Rail has said it is inevitable that some routes will be affected but in general, the vast majority will remain open for business throughout this significant programme of upgrades.