Network Rail teams upgrade the tracks at York station, via Network Rail

New year, new gear: Successful track rejuvenation at York Station

Nearly three kilometres of track has been refreshed and reinvigorated through the platforms at York station, bringing smoother and more reliable journeys for passengers traversing the East Coast route.

This major £6m upgrade from Network Rail will offer the requisite aid in reducing delays to journeys, assisting the passenger experience and futureproofing the infrastructure for the years ahead.

These works were conducted between Christmas Eve and Monday 2nd January, seeing the engineering team work tirelessly to replace 2.7 km of track, whilst performing vital renewals on nine sets of points and improving the performance of some of the faulty signalling equipment.

Works also saw the teams implement cold weather protection for the tracks, as improvements were made to the specialist heaters which provide a vital role for the melting of snow and ice, allowing trains to run reliably regardless of the weather conditions.

Paul Rutter, East Coast Route Director for Network Rail said:

“I’m so pleased that we were able to push ahead with this work despite the strike action and do the right thing for passengers. Better equipment and new weather-ready tracks will all help to offer more reliable journeys through York.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their support and patience over the festive period and look forward to welcoming them back to the railway throughout 2023.”

There were concerns that the disruptive strike action over the Christmas period would have initially caused delays to this project, with the works being placed under review. However, this concern was put to bed, as specially trained and fully qualified back up staff were able to step up and help deliver these major benefits for passengers.

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