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.
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.