The track in Hensall is set to see some improvements, as upgrades by Network Rail will be carried out over the August Bank Holiday providing smoother, more reliable journeys for passengers travelling in and around North Yorkshire.
Work will kickstart on Friday 27th August and will continue until Wednesday 1st September. The line will be closed with buses replacing Northern trains between Goole and Knottingley to guarantee maximum safety.
Teams will be lifting and replacing around 1.8km of track between Whitley Bridge and Snaith, near Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to promote reliability, and minimise the amount of maintenance work required in the future.
The ballast – the stones which support the track – and the sleepers will also be replaced.
The work has been duly planned over the Bank Holiday by Network Rail, consequently keeping over 95% of Britain’s rail network open, meaning passengers will still be able to connect with family, friends, and access their favourite holiday destinations.
Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, Matt Rice, said “upgrading the track at Hensall will bring smoother, more reliable journeys for passengers and freight services using this line. We’ve planned the work carefully to minimise the impact on the local community.”
He added, “as we welcome passengers back to the railway, the vast majority of services are running as normal. We’re advising people to check their journey and allow plenty of time.”
Passengers can find out how their journeys will be affected with their train operator, via National Rail Enquiries, or by following #AugustBHWorks on Twitter.
Customers are also being advised to continue to follow government guidance and wear a face covering in busy indoor settings, unless exempt.
With the help of good ventilation systems on trains, extra cleaning and improved information about quieter times, passengers can resume travelling with confidence.