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August bank holiday works in numbers

We’ll carry out big upgrades and essential maintenance across Britain this August bank holiday weekend. The work’s part of our mission to improve rail journeys for you and our freight partners.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve got planned in numbers.


More than 95% of the railway will still stay open during this long weekend for you – causing as little disruption to your journeys as possible.


Our investment in this bout of bank holiday engineering works to give you better and more reliable services for the long term.


The number of essential projects across Britain. Thousands of our team members will work around the clock to keep to schedule.


We’ll reach the final stages of a £116m resignalling scheme in south-west London and Berkshire. It’s part of the wider Feltham and Wokingham resignalling programme. It will lead to more reliable journeys and fewer delays.

The Feltham Area Signalling Centre controls the existing system and the current signals and track circuits – which tell signallers where trains are – date back to 1974. We need to update the equipment because it’s become less reliable and harder to maintain.

You’ll benefit from better journeys on the Windsor Lines in and out of London after we’ve switched on the new signals.


Our investment to upgrade some sections of the West Coast Main Line between Stafford and Manchester, and Milton Keynes and London. Much of the work will involve upgrading track.


We’ll also build the first railway station on the Great Eastern Main Line – which runs out of London Liverpool Street – for over 100 years. We expect Beaulieu Park station in Chelmsford, Essex to boost the economy and bring more opportunities to the area.


The metres of new rail it will all take. We’ll also deliver 2,400 railway sleepers, which support the rails. 


The engineering trains that will help us do our work. They’ll carry our workers and equipment to and from work sites.  


We’ll also use plenty of wagons to help cart material around our work sites safely.

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