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August bank holiday upgrades for 2023

This August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26 to Monday 28 inclusive), our teams will work hard to deliver vital upgrades.

More than 95% of Britain’s railway will stay open as usual while we carry out essential work. We’re investing £71m on about 500 projects across Britain this long weekend – all to bring you a more reliable railway and better journeys.

What are we doing this August bank holiday? Here are just some of our projects …

East Coast Digital Programme

We’ll continue work on the East Coast Main Line as part of East Coast Digital Programme.

Engineers will install equipment and technology between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin in Hertfordshire over the weekend. It will prepare this section of railway for digital signalling from 2025.

Upgrades will also take place in the Peterborough area so we can move local signalling control to our modern rail operating centre in York. 

Work on the East Coast Digital Programme is vital to help digitalise our railway. This in turn will give you more punctual services and reduce carbon emissions.

Beaulieu Park

We’ll continue building Beaulieu Park railway station in Essex.

Work will include:

  • piling for overhead line structures
  • installing track drainage and under-track cable routes
  • platform work.

The new station is part of a wider regeneration of the Beaulieu Park estate in Chelmsford. It will boost the area’s economy by providing more leisure and work opportunities.

A visualisation of Beaulieu Park railway station.

Resignalling work

We’ll continue working on a £116m resignalling scheme in southwest London and Berkshire as part of the wider Feltham and Wokingham resignalling programme.

The current signals and track circuits – which tell signallers where trains are – date back to 1974. We’re upgrading them because they’ve become less reliable and harder to maintain.

This will lead to more reliable journeys and fewer delays on the Windsor Lines – an important route for commuters in and out of London.

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