August bank holiday success – the facts and figures

Between Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August 2017, Network Rail delivered one of the largest ever programmes of August bank holiday engineering work

Thanks to more than 17,000 members of Team Orange working throughout the long weekend, 99 per cent of all projects finished on time. Working with our suppliers, we completed more than £130m of engineering work across 3,000 worksites countrywide. As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, we focused on major railway enhancements as well as core renewals and maintenance work.

London Bridge and Thameslink programme

  • Key work at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme where a significant signalling commissioning took place.
  • We replaced key sections of track including replacing old points, installing new crossovers and slewing.
  • This work enables the final stage of the programme in Christmas 2017 and the opening of the new concourse and final platforms at London Bridge station in January 2018.
  • The work is necessary to meet future challenging demand offering longer trains and increasing capacity – up to 24 trains per hour in both directions.

Euston and HS2 preparation work

  • HS2 preparation work took place at London Euston station. We replaced and rerouted a significant 11kV power supply ready for the clearance of the old Euston Downside Carriage Shed by HS2.
  • While the station was closed for two days for this major piece of work, we took the opportunity to remove all the weeds, litter and graffiti in the area approaching Euston station – 73 tonnes of litter and vegetation was removed. Graffiti was painted over to provide a tidy railway for passengers.

West coast

  • The bank holiday weekend saw the conclusion of critical signalling, track, civils and electrification work in the Bolton station area. A total remodelling of Bolton station took place including the introduction of a new platform as part of the North West Electrification Programme (NWEP) between Manchester and Preston.
  • Electrification work at Bloxwich as part of Walsall-Rugeley electrification also took place.
  • This work paves the way for future electrification, line speed increases and faster journey times.

London Waterloo

  • A 24-day partial station closure at London Waterloo concluded over the bank holiday weekend as part of the Wessex Capacity Programme. We delivered a complex redevelopment of Waterloo station, track and resignalling, generating a 30 per cent increase in capacity, allowing longer services to run at peak times.

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