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  • Engineering work and service alterations

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    Rail passengers are reminded to check before travelling over the bank holiday weekend as we carry out our full programme of investment work following the decision by the TSSA and RMT unions to suspend industrial action which had been planned for Monday and Tuesday next week.

    Hundreds of thousands of passengers and freight users will experience long term benefits from almost £27m of investment in improving Britain’s rail network over the spring bank holiday weekend. Over 95% of the network will be unaffected by this work programme.

    New station facilities, new platforms, new junctions and hundreds of pieces of new, more reliable, equipment will be installed and delivered as part of Network Rail’s railway upgrade plan. The work has been timed to minimise disruption to passenger numbers where, over a bank holiday weekend, passenger numbers can drop by 20 to 30%.

    "Our improvement programme this bank holiday, delivered by a 14,000-strong army of rail workers, is focussed on delivering a better service for passengers.

    “We are acutely conscious that many people want to use the railway over the bank holiday to reunite with their friends and families, which is why the vast majority of the network is running normally over the long weekend.

    “We’d like to apologise to any passengers whose plans are affected by our improvement work, but hope they will understand that this is a quieter time on the railway and we want to minimise the overall impact of these vital projects on passengers.”

    Mark Carne, chief executive, Network Rail  

    We are carrying out a full programme of investment schemes, they include:

    • Thameslink programme
    • London Liverpool Street to Stratford
    • Swindon
    • Midland Main Line
    • Scotland
    • West Coast Main Line

    For further details on service alterations please visit National Rail Enquiries.

  • Engineering work

    For details about trains affected by engineering work go to National Rail Enquiries:

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    Current disruption

    Planned engineering works by date

    Events, festivals and holidays

    Train times may be altered to accommodate increases in demand around sporting events, music festivals and other large scale public events.

    For details visit National Rail Enquiries holidays and events.

    Why do engineering works over bank holidays?

    We carry out maintenance and upgrade work every night of the year. The few hours access to the track that our teams get over night is not enough to complete larger scale work such as:

    • Replacing bridges
    • Changing track layouts
    • Upgrading signalling systems

    We usually have to close a section of the track for 24 hours or more to carry out this work.

    Much of this large scale work is done around public holidays because the railway is relatively quiet for a few days and the inevitable disruption affects fewer people.

    The improvements that we are making allow more trains to run, at higher speeds and also improves the reliability of the rail network, reducing delays in the future.

    For more information, see our page on maintenance and engineering work.