Late May railway investment works complete

Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May saw almost 20,000 Network Rail colleagues work around the clock to deliver more than £78m of investment works.

In some parts of the country, Team Orange battled severe weather conditions to complete the important maintenance and upgrades on more than 600 projects.

Bank holiday highlights

Key works were carried out on a number of routes this bank holiday weekend. Here are just some of the highlights:

In the South East route, colleagues made repairs to Polhill Tunnel between Sevenoaks and Orpington, and completed three bridge reconstructions in south London.

Spray concreting works took place on part of the 150-year-old lining at Polhill Tunnel near Knockholt, Kent

Two bridge decks were replaced at Bellenden Road, Peckham Rye.

On the Western route, vital electrification upgrade work took place to enable extra services and more seats from 2019.

On the London North Western (LNW) route teams progressed with the Great North Rail Project (GNRP):

  • Ongoing work on the Halton Chord and installing new signalling on the Weaver-Wavertree project on Merseyside
  • Ongoing work to electrify the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton
  • The introduction of new, modern signalling equipment between Birmingham New Street and Coventry
  • Track renewal in the Penrith area improving reliability

Overhead line work was carried out at Manchester Victoria.

An electricity substation was lifted into place at Ordsall in Manchester ahead of electrification later this year.

On the Anglia route, teams carried out a series of overhead line equipment renewals between Ilford and Maryland.

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