Bank holiday works for a better railway

Network Rail will work around the clock this August bank holiday weekend to deliver more than 400 projects for a better railway.

The £84m investment across Britain will provide more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and better services for passengers.

The programme of work, carried out by a 9,600-strong workforce, is just part of Network Rail’s five-year railway upgrade plan - a multi-billion-pound investment in the rail network which will improve passenger journeys in the months and years ahead.

As a result, Network Rail is advising passengers to check their journeys over the August bank holiday before they travel.

The railway will remain open for ‘business as usual’ as the majority of the network will be unaffected by upgrade work.

However, please plan ahead as some services will be restricted and some will not be running during the August bank holiday weekend. 

The major investment encompasses a wide range of improvements, from track upgrades to electrification and a significant junction replacement. These will enable faster trains, more efficient services and improved reliability.


Projects include:

The replacement of a vital junction outside of London Euston station at North Wembley to improve reliability of services for passenger and freight users. This means there will be no trains to or from London Euston station not only over the bank holiday weekend (25 – 27 August), but also the 18 – 19 August and 1 – 2 September.

The £200m investment to transform the track and signalling through the Derby station area, which will continue over the bank holiday weekend. The 79 days of engineering began on Sunday 22 July and will run until Sunday 7 October. The investment is a key part of the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line, which will support better journeys between Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and London.

The replacement of track near Coventry to improve the reliability of services through the area.

Track improvements between Manningtree and Witham to improve reliability for thousands of passengers using main line services every day.

Works between Ipswich and Felixstowe as part of a £60.4m programme to transform the single-track Felixstowe branch line. Additional track will allow the line to operate more effectively, giving the flexibility needed to run more freight trains as well as improve the reliability of existing passenger services.

Euston Station
There will be no trains to or from London Euston station for three weekends in August and September as the London North Western route is set to benefit from improved reliability of services

What is happening on your local route

Check your journey

There are a number of ways you can check your journey before travelling. Please visit the websites below for travel and service information, or check for service changes by your train operating company.

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