Easter railway improvement works complete

A 15,000-strong workforce completed more than 400 railway projects successfully this Easter (Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April).

The projects took place over the bank holiday weekend as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. Work on the Bristol area signalling renewal project is ongoing as planned.

Top 10 railway projects this Easter

Here we share a few of the highlights.

Manchester to Stalybridge

Manchester Victoria was closed to allow old track to be replaced and to lower track under Cheetham Hill Road bridge as part of Manchester to Stalybridge line speed improvement upgrade.

Preston to Blackpool

Works continued on the Preston to Blackpool North line. The line upgrade has involved rebuilding 11 bridges, remodelling 11 station platforms, replacing 11km of track, upgrading drainage and installing 84 new signals.

The opening of the line was put back three weeks, due to weather conditions including ‘the Beast from the East’ and the breakdown of critical machinery. The line is now set to reopen on Monday 16 April.

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Kensal Green

Sleepers for the track were put in place at Kensal Green.

Gidea Park to Forest Gate

Vital improvement works took place between Gidea Park and Forest Gate in the Anglia route. Nine switches and crossings units and four fixed pieces of track were installed at Gidea Park.

New overhead wire was installed at a key junction in Ilford, while new overhead line equipment (OLE) structures were installed at Forest Gate.

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Works took place across the South East route including improvements to Sevenoaks tunnel in Kent, bringing new signalling equipment into use through Mitcham and Sutton and laying new track between New Cross and Norwood Junction.

Click the arrows on the images below to see more images from the Easter works, including tamping at Carnforth and upgrades as part of the Weaver to Wavertree resignalling project.