Work on Railway Upgrade Plan this Easter to deliver a better, more reliable railway25 February 2016
of thousands of passengers and freight users are set to benefit from one of the
biggest Easter investment programmes ever carried out on Britain’s rail network.
- We're working for you on our Railway Upgrade Plan over the Easter bank holiday
Over 15,000 members of Network Rail’s Orange Army will be working over the four-day
Easter weekend to deliver a £60m slice of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade
Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and
railway, however, remains firmly open for business as the vast majority of
services will be unaffected by this programme with over 95 per cent open as normal.
New station facilities, longer platforms, extra tracks, new junctions and thousands
of pieces of new, more reliable equipment will be installed and delivered in a
programme that will begin late on Thursday, 24 March, once the last trains have
More than 450 separate improvement projects will be carried out by Network Rail and its
team of contractors across Britain over the period, the majority of which will
have no impact on passengers. Where there are changes to services as a result
of upgrade work, a comprehensive advertising campaign is under way to make sure
passengers are able to make informed decisions about their travel over the
Lawrence, an apprentice technician, is the face of Network Rail’s nationwide
‘Check Before You Travel’ campaign which uses posters, billboards and digital
screens at stations, as well as online, radio and print adverts to urge people to check
for changes to their journeys over Easter.
I’ll be celebrating Easter and eating chocolate with dozens of other
members of the Orange Army while doing essential work to keep the railway safe
and reliable for passengers.
been interested in the railway since I was very young, but since I joined the
industry I’ve been amazed and inspired by the people around me and their
commitment to make the railways better.
is such a worthwhile job and makes a difference to so many people and carries
such a huge responsibility to keep people safe and provide a good, reliable
service. It’s a job and a career that really matters.
Eleanor Lawrence, apprentice technician, Network Rail
work is timed to take advantage of a relatively quiet time of the year when,
on average, fewer than half the usual 4.5m people use the railway each day –
enabling Network Rail and train operators to minimise disruption as much as
the Easter weekend, Manchester Victoria and Salford Central stations will be
closed for 11 days from Thursday 24 March to Monday 4 April to remodel the railway,
improving rail links in the north. Alternative stations will be available, such
as Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road, as well as bus replacement services.
Queen Street station (high level) will be closed for 20 weeks from 20 March,
for the renewal of more than 1,800m of slab track within the Queen Street
Tunnel, with services diverted to the low-level station or other Glasgow
stations in many cases.
and around London over the Easter bank holiday, there will be overhead line
renewals and Crossrail work on the Great Eastern Main Line, affecting services
from London Liverpool Street, while in the London Bridge area there will be
continuing Thameslink work. Services will be reduced on the Brighton Main Line
due to major renewals at Battersea, which will also mean there will be no
Southern services from London Victoria. The Chatham Main Line will be partially
closed due to East Kent resignalling, and there will be reduced train services
between Paddington and Reading while Crossrail and Great Western Main Line
electrification work is under way.
There will be changes to services on the East Coast Main Line on the Saturday
and Sunday of the Easter weekend, with a line closed south of Peterborough.
Stafford Area Improvement programme will also reach a major milestone over
Easter with some work on the Norton Bridge flyover before it is brought into
use. Most long-distance services on the West Coast Main Line will be diverted
by Stoke, but other services will see significant changes.
most of the network will be unaffected by planned improvement work, passengers
are advised to check their journeys beforehand on the National Rail Enquiries website if travelling over Easter.
I’m acutely conscious that many
people want to use the railway during the Easter holidays, but with fewer people
travelling by train over this four-day weekend, it is a good time to undertake
these massive improvement projects.
The vast majority of services will be
unaffected by this programme, with over 95 per cent of the network open as
have shown themselves to be incredibly understanding of planned improvement
work and I’d like to thank them in advance for their support and understanding
as we deliver the big improvements that the travelling public want to see.
number of people travelling by rail continues to grow to record levels. Our
work this Easter forms a key part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to meet surging
demand and improve and expand our congested railway network.
Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive