Network Rail has announced that work to upgrade the track at Newcastle Central Station has been completed, improving reliability and futureproofing the railway.
750 metres of track has been upgraded with the aim of improving reliability, delivering smoother journeys, and ensuring that the line is fit for the future. The upgrade consists of replacing the old timber support system with concrete, which will make it easier to spot issues and making it easier to fix them quickly.
Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said:
“Our teams have worked around the clock to deliver this project on time. It is great to see it reach the finish line, so that passengers can reap the benefits of more reliable journeys.
“We’re sorry for the impact the work has had on people’s plans, especially with strike action added to the mix. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst these significant upgrades were delivered, ensuring that we can keep running services efficiently and smoothly both now and in the future.”
Despite the conclusion of the work to the tracks, there is still work ongoing to renew and regenerate the overhead line equipment, as well as the switches and crossings – essential pieces of rail – with the aim off reducing disruption for passengers and providing an improved service to those travelling along the line.