Britain’s transport revolution leaps closer this August bank holiday

Millions of passengers are set to benefit from a transport revolution as Network Rail’s mega-projects reach their crescendo and start on their final laps.

A record amount of rail investment work will be undertaken this August bank holiday as Network Rail completes a significant slug of the £50bn railway upgrade programme that will lead to new services, thousands of extra seats for passengers to help relieve over-crowding, and new, faster trains running on more reliable infrastructure.

This August, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver essential upgrades to the rail network. We will see major milestones met on crucial London infrastructure projects including Crossrail, Thameslink Programme and the Waterloo and South West Upgrade.

Reaching these major milestones means that passengers will be one step closer to experiencing real benefits by the end of this year with more to come in 2018/19, including more than 170,000 new seats for the daily commute into London – a 20 per cent increase  – as new fleets of trains, running on new and upgraded infrastructure, are introduced.


These huge investment projects now need several uninterrupted days to complete critical work. We know there is never a good time to disrupt services to get this work done, but it does make sense to do so when fewer people are travelling. Bank holidays and the summer months can see up to 50 per cent fewer passengers using the railway.


This vital investment will make the railway more reliable for years to come, while improving journeys for thousands of passengers. There will be major changes to services throughout August and the bank holiday weekend, so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail

Passengers planning a bank holiday getaway will see normal services running to and from airports. However, there will be significant changes to train services out of London Bridge, London Euston, London Waterloo, London Liverpool Street and London Paddington. A breakdown of how journeys may be affected can be found by visiting National Rail Enquiries and by following #AugustBHWorks on Twitter.

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