Our teams across Britain have successfully delivered £111m of railway upgrades to provide better and more reliable services to passenger and freight operators.
A total of 20,560 railway staff carried out 386 projects over the Christmas and New Year period.
Improvements ranged from track renewals and station upgrades to bridge maintenance and resignalling.
Some of the work formed part of broader projects such as the full resignalling of Birmingham New Street station; the construction of East West Rail between Oxford and Bedford, and work in and around London Euston station in preparation for HS2, the high-speed railway.
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.
Our completed projects included:
Multiple major upgrades at London King’s Cross station. This included tunnel and structure work, drainage inspection and upgrading overhead line equipment (the power lines that provide electricity for trains), resulting in more capacity, reliability and operational flexibility.
Upgrades between London Paddington station and Slough – track renewals, and improvements to switches and crossings (the equipment on track that allows trains to move from one line to another) and overhead lines.
Switches and crossings renewal work at Ashford International, Kent to improve track quality and reduce delays caused by track faults:
A switches and crossings upgrade at Salfords, Surrey:
A junction renewal near Edinburgh Haymarket railway station. This involved renewing four sets of points – rails that move to transfer trains from one line to another – and replacing more than 250m of track:
Improvements to the inside of London Euston station. We’re making the station more comfortable for the growing numbers of passengers who use it each day. It also helps us prepare for HS2, Britain's new high-speed railway:
Work on overhead wire supports at Bletchley, Milton Keynes ahead of a new flyover across the West Coast Main Line to carry East West Rail between Oxford and Bedford.
Replacement track and points at Colchester to reduce the risk of points failures and make journeys more reliable:
The renewal of a junction at Southall, London in our Wales and Western region: