Passengers are benefiting from a more reliable railway after Christmas and New Year maintenance and upgrade work was completed.

Thousands of Network Rail staff worked round-the-clock at different locations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Work in the North West and Central region – which runs from Euston and Marylebone in London, to Scotland via the West Midlands and North West – included:

  • Work in and around Euston station in preparation for HS2
  • Work on overhead wire stanchions at Bletchley ahead of a new flyover being built across the West Coast main line to carry East West Rail between Oxford and Bedford
  • Track being replaced in Tring and Crewe stations
  • Railway drainage improvements between Preston and Lancaster
  • Track renewal in the Haddenham & Thame Parkway area
  • Track renewal and a level crossing replacement near Warrington
  • Piling at Humphrey Park in Greater Manchester for platform extensions
  • Ballast, the stone foundation of the railway, being replaced in Wolverhampton
  • Ongoing preparation work for the full resignalling of Birmingham New Street in 2022.

Tim Shoveller, managing director of Network Rail’s North West and Central region, said: “Passengers are benefiting from a better, more reliable railway after the maintenance and upgrade work which took place over Christmas and the New Year. I thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience while we carried out this vital work to help provide a better railway for passengers.”

Nationally, more than 20,000 railway staff delivered around 380 separate projects.

Passengers can plan their journeys and check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk.