We've just delivered £98m of vital improvements across Britain – leading to better and more reliable journeys for passengers.
We completed 448 projects thanks to a 10,500 strong team who worked around the clock to finish the improvements on time.
The railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays so doing work at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers. Find out more about why we carry out big projects over weekends and bank holidays.
We would like to say thank you to all passengers for bearing with us while we carried out projects over the long weekend. Here are just some of them…
London King's Cross and East Coast Upgrade
Click on the gallery to see pictures of London King's Cross, Newark and Stevenage…
- We transferred some of the signalling control of the area controlled by London King’s Cross signal box to our state-of-the-art facility in York. This is part of a nationwide programme to bring our signallers into modern centres of excellence and allow the railway to operate more efficiently.
- We carried out work to the overhead line equipment outside London King’s Cross station. This would support the power supply upgrade and improvements to the track layout and signals immediately outside the station.
- It's part of our broader £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade, which this bank holiday weekend included renewals at Newark flat crossing north of Newark Northgate station.
- We worked on a new platform and track at Stevenage railway station so trains from the Hertford North line could terminate and go back towards London without using capacity on the existing tracks. This would enable more services to run in future, while improving resilience and reliability. Find more information here.
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- Track renewals took place between Gospel Oak and Hampstead Heath to enable better and more reliable journeys.
Southend Victoria branch line
Meanwhile, we upgraded the overhead wiring system and renewed the track on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment.
The existing wiring system along the route was installed in the 1950s and needed replacing to prevent frequent failures that cause delays, in order to improve reliability of the rail service.
The replacement includes wires, structures, masts and steelwork.
The programme is important to improving rail services for Southend passengers over the next two years. This means a bigger and better railway, including:
- fewer delays and cancellations, especially in hot weather
- allowing for more train services to support the growing number of passengers, new housing and the local economy, including the busy airport
- supporting the introduction of Greater Anglia’s new trains, which will start to come into service from 2019 with fast, free wifi, air conditioning, and plug and USB sockets.
West Coast Main Line
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- On the West Coast Main Line, we replaced track between Leighton Buzzard and Bletchley to provide a better railway for passengers and freight services.
- We also replaced track between Adlington and Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire.
- On our Western route, which stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, we reopened the railway between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff after vital electrification. This comes ahead of more frequent services and quicker journeys this December.
- Read more about how we have improved the railway in the Bristol area here.