Over the late May bank holiday, Network Rail will be carrying out 620 upgrade projects across the UK rail network, worth up to £80m.
Improved passenger journeys and greater network reliability are among the benefits the upgrade works are expected to deliver.
Included among the major upgrade are:
- Work in and around London King’s Cross, as part of the East Coast Upgrade, which will bring more reliable journeys and create additional future capacity on the network.
- Track renewals and remodelling works between West Hampstead and Mill Hill Broadway to create space for the new Brent Cross station to be built
- New overhead line equipment installation at Leeds station and the moving of some of the signalling equipment, ahead of a major project of works to upgrade the track layout
- Resignalling work at London Victoria to improve passenger safety and increase capacity on the line to East Croydon
- Plain line track renewals and signalling upgrades on the West Coast Main Line to improve reliability
- Track renewals and tamping works between Stowmarket and Norwich to improve reliability of the infrastructure.
- Maintenance works between Guildford and Aldershot/Wokingham which will improve reliability of the railway.
Though majority of the network will be unaffected, the improvement works may cause some disruption to services in some areas, with Network Rail urging passengers to plan in advance.
Network Rail Chief Executive, Andrew Haines, said: “We are continuing to invest in our rail network to provide a better service for passengers as they begin to return to the railway in greater numbers.
“While the majority of the network will be open as normal, some routes will be impacted by our upgrade works, so I would urge anyone wanting to travel by train over the bank holiday to plan ahead and check their journey in advance.”