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Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Commuters returned to work today on a better, more reliable railway thanks to the efforts of Network Rail’s orange army, who worked round-the-clock to improve the network over the bank holiday weekend.
Across the country, more than 11,000 engineers worked through the long weekend, delivering another slice of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, which will provide a bigger, better, and more reliable railway for passengers and businesses.
The weekend marked the completion of another stage in the Thameslink Programme which, when completed, will transform north-south travel through London.
This stage of the project saw new track installed on the railway near Bermondsey and signalling, which controls the safe movement of trains, replaced at London Bridge. This work is in preparation for the next set of changes in August when services to Cannon Street will stop calling at London Bridge, most services to Charing Cross will resume calling and the first half of the brand new street-level concourse will open.
Network Rail’s route managing director Alasdair Coates said: “Our engineers did a fantastic job this weekend and I would like to thank passengers for their patience. This work is a significant step forward in the Thameslink Programme which will enable longer and more frequent trains to run through London to destinations across the South East.”
Richard Dean, train services director at Southeastern said: “A huge ‘thank you’ to all of our passengers for bearing with us while this major engineering project happens on our network. We really are grateful for your continued understanding and while we know this work comes with challenges, the end result will be a much more reliable railway for you and for future generations for many years to come.”
Elsewhere on the route, work was successfully completed to strengthen the Arun River bridge in Sussex, ensuring the bridge is fit for purpose for decades to come.
Source:- Network Rail