Throughout the upcoming festive period, Network Rail engineers will be delivering vital festive upgrade works in and around York railway station, with the project beginning Christmas Eve until the 2nd January.
This £6m investment will see the delivery of 2.7km of track renewals, accompanied by nine sets of points – the specialist equipment that allows trains to traverse from one section of track to another. These works will be adjacent to the renewal of signalling equipment, whilst improving the heating systems which aid in the melting of snow and ice, keeping trains running reliably in the winter.
These works are being conducted at the same times to afford less disruption to the passenger services across the route, but people are still being heavily advised to plan their travels in advance to accommodate for this project and the concurrent planned industrial action that will likely have a sustained impact on services.
Upon the completion of works, passengers will benefit from a more modern and reliable rail system, enhancing the experience with smoother journeys and less of a likelihood for delays.
Due to this works, further disruptions are to be expected due to a reduced availability in car parking spaces at Marygate due to Network Rail engineers establishing their work area. The number of disabled bays or electric charging points will remain unchanged, with motorists being encouraged to use park and ride facilities between Monday 19 December and Friday 6 January
Sam MacDougall, Operations Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route said:
“Our teams will be out working hard this Christmas to provide an improved railway for passengers.
“The work at York is crucial to keep trains running reliably and smoothly for years to come. Our engineering work and the impact of planned industrial action will mean changes to some services, so passengers are urged to plan ahead and check before travelling.”
This project comes as part of Network Rail’s continued investment into a better and more reliable railway through over 560 projects taking place, such as the major works between York, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade.
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