Published on : Tuesday, March 28, 2017
More than 13,000 rail workers will be out in force over the four day period working on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects, including:
Crossrail: Significant work on routes out of London Liverpool Street in preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services in 2018, which will increase London’s rail transport capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times.
Thameslink Programme: Major improvement work taking place between London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street and London Bridge. Completion of the project in 2018 will allow for new, spacious trains every two-three minutes through central London at peak times.
Waterloo Station: Major track renewal as part of the Waterloo Station upgrade which will increase capacity, improve station facilitates and lengthen platforms.
Northern Hub: Continued work on the Ordsall Chord project to improve connections in Manchester, and remodelling work at Salford Central station including the structures replacement of Chapel Street bridge.
West of England: Network Rail is modernising Bath Spa station in preparation for new, longer trains which will enter service in the near future.
Phil Hufton, managing director England & Wales at Network Rail, said: “This Easter, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan. This will provide faster, better services in the long-run and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.
“We know that many people want to use the railway during the Easter holidays and the good news is that over 95 per cent of the network is unaffected by this work. But there will be some services that are impacted and so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys in advance.”
Rebecca Grogan, a mobile operations manager from Wembley, will be working over the Easter bank holiday weekend. She is stationed at London Euston and her role means she acts as a first response to any incident on her patch.
Rebecca said: “I’m excited as it’ll be the first bank holiday I’ve worked. As a mobile operations manager, you really are in the heart of the operational railway and you get to interact with so many different people. My role over Easter will be making sure staff and passengers are kept safe by carrying out patrols and checks in stations and on site, and responding to call-outs.