Railway safety and crime

03.06.20

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to overhead electric power lines is carried out.

Throughout the next three weeks, overnight work to renew and replace the 25,000v cables which power trains will take place in Camden.

They are being repaired on the approach to London Euston station to lessen the chance of delays for passengers during hot weather when overhead wires can sag.

The wires can then catch on passing trains and as a result be torn down causing trains to become stranded and passengers disrupted.

The work on the approach to Euston will see the installation of 2,000 metres of new cable, renewal of essential overhead line equipment, and use of special on-track machines to ensure the new wires are at the correct tension.

Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations at Avanti West Coast, said: “As Network Rail carry out upgrade works on the overhead lines at Camden, there will be alterations to our weekday services to and from London Euston.

"On Monday to Friday, between 8pm and 8am, arrival and departure times at London Euston will change. On Thursday 4 June, there will be significant changes after 8pm – with some services starting from and terminating at Watford Junction.

"If customers are making an essential journey during this time, we strongly recommend they check before they travel, plan their journey in advance and make a reservation. For journeys on Thursday 4 June, we strongly advise travelling before 8pm.”

Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line South Route Director, James Dean, said: “With extremes in temperature now becoming more common in Britain it’s necessary for us to make sure our railway equipment can withstand the changing climate.

“This overnight work will help stop sagging of the cables, reducing the risk of them coming down and making the West Coast main line more reliable for passengers travelling in and out of Euston.”

Image: Network Rail 

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