Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Holiday rail maintenance spend tops £45M

Network Rail carried out over £45M worth of work over the Bank Holiday weekend.

During the three days, over 4,000 people worked on several projects up and down the country.


Further work to upgrade the West Coast mainline headed up the list of holiday work. The upgrade will increase capacity in the order of as well as leading to a journey time reduction of 56 minutes from London to Glasgow.


Platform extension work was carried out at Luton Airport Parkway, as part of the £5.5bn Thameslink Programme. Significant track and signalling works were also carried out at Merthyr and Newport.


Ongoing infrastructure improvement work at Hull Docks will enable 20 extra freight trains to serve Humber Ports daily; it is estimated that this could take up to 1,000 lorries off the roads every day.


Network Rail Director of Infrastructure Investment, Simon Kirby said: "I’d like to once again thank passengers for their patience whilst we carried out these essential works. This weekend saw yet again a tremendous amount of work completed across the country to improve the railway for passengers and freight users and we are continuing to do more."


Train services across the country returned to normal today, however scheduled work continues on parts of the West Coast Main Line.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.