Track renewal projects during the May bank holidays

We’re carrying out work on the tracks during the late May bank holiday – passengers are reminded to check journey plans before travelling.

When track is ‘life-expired’ and maintenance is too expensive or ineffective, we come up with solutions to refurbish or renew it. These major projects are part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, and we carry them out at weekends or over bank holidays to minimise disruption.

Our track teams and the work they do

There will be a number of these projects taking place over the late May bank holiday between Saturday 26 May and Monday 28 May.

London North Eastern and East Midlands

  • Two new points will be installed south of Bradford Interchange on Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May. This will allow services approaching from the south to cross over onto lines (and ultimately platforms) previously only available to services approaching from the east and vice versa.

London North Western

  • Team Orange will carry out pre-works for plain line track renewal at Harlesden, from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May.
  • Track renewal in Penrith South from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May will improve reliability.


  • Between Aberdeen, Dyce and the Kittybrewster area, we will be renewing the tracks alongside bridge demolition and renewals, signalling enabling work and telecom installation – all prepatory work for a 14-week block as part of the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement project.
  • Work including signalling installations and track and overhead line work as part of the Polmadie and Rutherglen renewals project will take place in the Rutherglen and Polmadie area from Sunday 27 May until Monday 28 May.
  • We will be carrying out plain line track renewals in the Carstairs/Midcalder area from Saturday 26 May until Monday 28 May.