Christmas improvement work 2017

This Christmas we’re working to provide faster, more frequent services and relieve overcrowding on trains 

As part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan, our teams of engineers and contractors are working day and night on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects this Christmas (Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive).

Tens of thousands of passengers are set to benefit from thousands of new, more frequent train services being introduced from next year as a result of our biggest ever Christmas investment programme – a £160m investment and a part of the £50bn Railway Upgrade Plan. 

Why do we upgrade the railway on bank holidays?

Plan ahead as some services will be restricted and some will not be running during this time. Remember to check your journey plans on the National Rail website now, before you travel. You can also follow #ChristmasBHWorks on Twitter.

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Railway Upgrade Plan

The Railway Upgrade Plan is a programme of improvements to provide more capacity on the rail network and relieve crowding and congestion. The key benefits include longer, faster, more frequent trains; a better, more reliable infrastructure; and improved station facilities for passengers.

You can find more detail about what work is happening on the railway this Christmas further down this page – the London station information also affects lines in and out of these stations, to and from other parts of the country. 

Railway Upgrade Plan 2017-2018: Our major projects for the year

Christmas 2017 by numbers

  • Total spend: £160.4m
  • Railway workers: 32,600
  • Hours worked: 522,000
  • Work sites: 3,400
  • Possessions: 1,000
  • Projects: 260

Less disruption

There will be less disruption for rail users this year as most of the investment work – some 50 per cent more than last year – has been scheduled for when no trains are planned to run, such as on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Over 95 per cent of the network is unaffected by the Christmas work programme that will see 260 projects delivered across 3,400 work sites throughout.

However, some routes will see significant changes to normal services and so passengers need to plan their journeys as early as possible this Christmas

Key upgrades this Christmas

Liverpool Lime Street’s upgrade is part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region, part of the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for passengers in the north of England. All lines into Liverpool Lime Street station reopened on Monday 23 October following a complex 23-day upgrade as part of Phase One of its major transformation.

Work over Christmas 2017 and summer 2018 will include further signalling upgrades – including re-control to Manchester Rail Operating Centre – widening, lengthening and remodelling of platform 6 and installation of overhead line electrical equipment.

The work will continue next year and, from 2019, will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will accommodate longer trains, helping to provide more space and seats for passengers.

Spotlight on Christmas 2017: Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool City Region upgrade – Read more about the Liverpool Lime Street Christmas upgrade plan and changes to services, as well as the other projects that are part of the LCR upgrade

Check changes to services before you travel (National Rail Enquiries)

Your local route: LNW

Liverpool Lime Street’s upgrade is part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region, part of the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for passengers in the north of England. All lines into Liverpool Lime Street station reopened on Monday 23 October following a complex 23-day upgrade as part of Phase One of its major transformation.

Work over Christmas 2017 and summer 2018 will include further signalling upgrades – including re-control to Manchester Rail Operating Centre – widening, lengthening and remodelling of platform 6 and installation of overhead line electrical equipment.

The work will continue next year and, from 2019, will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will accommodate longer trains, helping to provide more space and seats for passengers.

Spotlight on Christmas 2017: Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool City Region upgrade – Read more about the Liverpool Lime Street Christmas upgrade plan and changes to services, as well as the other projects that are part of the LCR upgrade

Check changes to services before you travel (National Rail Enquiries)

Your local route: LNW

Elsewhere on the network