Railway Upgrade Plan Update 2017 – 2018

Delivering the biggest programme of infrastructure projects in decades

Our Railway Upgrade Plan is helping to address the challenges that come with the remarkable success of Britain's railways. We have one of the most heavily congested railways in Europe. Stations and platforms have to accommodate more passengers than they were ever designed for. Parts of the network have no room to run the extra trains that are needed to meet demand.

Here you can find out about the major projects we will be completing in the year ahead that will start to address some of these challenges and allow for more trains, longer trains and faster journeys in different parts of Britain. 

About us

Passengers are going to experience a better railway for a better Britain – and we are playing our part.

- Mark Carne, Chief executive

Railway Upgrade Plan at a glance

repairing the railway line damage due to heavy seas and storms at Dawlish
Repair works underway at Dawlish

Reopening of the line at Dawlish, after the track was destroyed in winter storms.

The rebuilt Reading station opened, including new platforms and new entrances, designed to improve experience for passengers and meet increasing demand.

repairing the railway line damage due to heavy seas and storms at Dawlish
Repair works underway at Dawlish

Reopening of the line at Dawlish, after the track was destroyed in winter storms.

The rebuilt Reading station opened, including new platforms and new entrances, designed to improve experience for passengers and meet increasing demand.

Click on the buttons below to get the update for where you live in Britain.

Network Rail is changing

In  July 2016, Network Rail published ‘Delivering for our Customers’, the organisation’s transformation plan.

It focuses on five key areas where we know we need to change, setting out how we will:

  • Become relentlessly customer focused
  • Ensure we are cost competitive and efficient
  • Become more commercial, to attract third party investment
  • Instil a culture that embraces diversity, continuous improvement, efficiency and safety
  • Find solutions to the biggest problem facing the railways – the lack of capacity to meet growing passenger demand

Measuring our progress - our Scorecards

The national scorecard is published every period and shows how Network Rail is performing against 21 measures. It shows the
annual target, the most recent performance figures and a forecast of where the company expects to be at the end of the year. All
2017/18 scorecard targets are subject to change based on 16/17 out turns, business plan completion and sign off, and HMT approval.