Network Rail is advising passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel as a huge £50million upgrade into the railway in East Yorkshire begins.

The work is part of the Great North Rail Project and will see the signalling system on the line between Ferriby, Gilberdyke and Saltmarshe upgraded with 49 new signals installed. Control of the signalling will move from old style, lineside signal boxes to Network Rail’s state of the art Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in York.

Once completed, passengers will benefit from a more modern and reliable railway with increased resilience during times of disruption. The project will also see 11 level crossings in the area renewed which will improve safety.

To allow the work to be carried out safely, the line will be closed to train services on Sunday, 11 November with buses replacing trains between Hull and Selby and Hull and Goole. For passengers travelling between London King’s Cross and Hull, the service will be diverted to Selby with a replacement bus running between Doncaster and Hull.

Passengers are strongly advised to plan ahead and check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “This upgrade is part of the Great North Rail Project and is absolutely vital. It will modernise the railway in East Yorkshire and provide real benefits for passengers.

“Due to the nature of the work, there will be some disruption to services and we do apologise for this. We’re working closely with train operators to keep passengers moving and we’d strongly urge anyone wishing to travel to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries.

“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience whilst this £50million investment takes place as it will ensure we can continue to provide a service which meets the needs of the communities and economies our railway services.”

The next stages of the upgrade will take place on the line on the weekends of 24/25 November and 1/2 December.

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