We've just completed hundreds of Christmas and New Year projects across Britain's railway to give you better and more reliable journeys for the long term.
Find out what we got up to over the festive period … despite gusts of more than 100 miles per hour during Storm Bella …
Our Eastern region runs from the borders of Scotland to London. Here, work included strengthening Camden Road bridge for more reliable journeys for freight and London Overground passengers.
Work for the £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade continued at London King's Cross, with the reconstruction of Camden sewer, which runs beneath the tracks near the railway station. It's among the upgrades of the East Coast Main Line that will allow more trains to run and deliver quicker journeys across the route.
Outside London Liverpool Street station, we refurbished two sets of points, which allow trains to move from one track to another, including the installation of 40 brand new timbers, which hold the rails in place.
Meanwhile, outside Norwich railway station, we replaced four sets of points, as well as the timbers underneath that support the rails.
In Colchester, we improved the track for more reliable Greater Anglia train services.
Gallery: Camden sewer, Camden Road bridge in London and track outside London Liverpool Street.
This region runs all the way from London Euston to Scotland’s Railway, via the Midlands and North West of England. Here, we carried out vital work to improve services for you and freight operators on the West Coast Main Line:
- ongoing work to upgrade Birmingham New Street station's signals – the complex system and traffic lights of the railway which keep trains running safely
- work to improve the overhead lines, which power trains near Watford, Liverpool and Crewe
- a bridge rebuilding project in Stafford
- track upgrades at Euston and in Aylesbury, Preston and Manchester
- track renewals at Cheddington near Leighton Buzzard.
Gallery: bridge rebuild in Stafford, Birmingham New Street station and track renewals at Cheddington in Buckinghamshire.
Scotland's railway provides rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven Scottish cities.
We replaced or refurbished junctions and track on the approach to Glasgow Central station, and renewed track and installed new points (which enable trains to move from one track to another) at Cadder, near Glasgow.
Gallery: Pollokshields, on the approach to Glasgow Central station; renewing junctions and replacing life-expired track between Muirhouse and Eglinton Street, near Glasgow Central, and new points at Cadder.
The Southern region runs from Devon in the West of England to Kent in the East. Work here included the replacements of two bridge decks on all four tracks of the Brighton Main Line at Selsdon Road bridge near Croydon. It will mean more resilience to the infrastructure and help reduce the risk of future bridge bashes, which are dangerous, expensive to repair and delay your journeys.
We also laid new ballast (the stones on the track bed) and installed track sleepers and running rails.
The railway in Sussex is made up of hundreds of overbridges, underbridges, footbridges and tunnels and we’re investing £112m to replace or refurbish several structures on the route. This investment means that we are doing more to improve your journeys across Sussex and into London than ever before.
Watch this video to find out more about the improvements at Selsdon Road bridge:
Meanwhile, we improved one of South East London’s busiest railways, in the heart of Lewisham. We renewed a junction crossing all four lines from Hither Green into Central London to improve the reliability of trains in the area.
The work involved replacing four sets of points and two diamond crossings, which allow trains to move from one track to another. Our project manager James Pearce explained more – including why the area has been a bottleneck for trains – when we met him on Boxing Day:
Our Wales and Western region serves communities and businesses of Wales, the Thames Valley, West of England and the South West Peninsula.
At West Cardiff, our team renewed track and signalling, which involved improvements to the straight pieces of rail and switches and crossings, which guide trains between tracks.
Watch this video to find out more: