Published on : Friday, January 4, 2019
Passengers returning to work today (2 January) are benefiting from more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and services after a £148m Christmas programme of investment across the network successfully completed on-time today.
Across the country passengers will begin to experience the benefits of this investment. Signalling upgrades in Merseyside will mean more reliable journeys. The track renewal at Holloway will improve reliability of services into King’s Cross. The renewed overhead wiring system at Forest Gate junction – first installed in the 1950s – will prevent frequent failures that currently cause delays into Liverpool Street.
A 25,000-strong workforce, from engineers and track layers to project managers and station staff, worked more than 380,000 hours to keep the railway open and deliver 330 projects across Britain.
The work was completed at the quietest time for rail travel on the country’s railway with around half the normal number of passengers travelling compared to the 4.7 million who typically use the network daily.
This year’s work saw new bridges built, miles of new track installed and state of the art new signalling equipment brought online.
Major projects undertaken this Christmas:
Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “Over Christmas and New Year thousands of rail workers have been working round the clock to keep the railway running and to deliver crucial improvements to the network as part of the £50bn railway upgrade plan.
“Our decision to do work at this time of year is entirely based on the fact that many regular passengers take this time as holiday, so it causes disruption to the smallest number of people. We really appreciate the patience of those who have been affected by this essential work, which will lead to better and more reliable train services.”
Source:- Network Rail
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